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Another Grotesque Mask Closeup
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New macro photo of a Grotesque Mask decoration. It is featured on the pommel of an Elaborate Left-Hand Dagger that I posted over a year ago. You can view the post here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanaWilliams/posts/TgeuWpEDETx

Taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 using a Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro lens.

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Acanthus Leaf Decoration
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This is a macro photograph of Acanthus Leaf Decorations on the muzzle of a pistol (see earlier post). The width of the muzzle is approximately 1 inch.

I'm testing the in-camera Focus Bracketing features of my Fujifilm X-T2. 25 Photographs were taken using a Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro lens. The camera automatically stepped the focus for each shot. The resulting images were aligned and combined using open source software, Hugin & EnfuseGUI.

Acanthus (Ornament) decorations date from Greek and Roman times. More information is available here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthus_(ornament)

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Here Is Another Macro Image Stacking Test
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Here is a closeup shot of the hammer on the pistol I was writing about yesterday. See the earlier post for more information.

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Macro Image Stacking Test

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Does anyone here use in camera focus bracketing? I plan to give it a try soon to make focus stacking a little easier.

This is a closeup shot of a grotesque mask decoration. It is located on the barrel of pistol, one of a pair, made by Pedro Ibarzabal in Vitoria Spain in 1842. These beautifully decorated pistols have silver inlay and applied gold. They must have originally been made for a very wealthy man. The style is a combination of classic Spanish and what would have been contemporary French / European.

To create this image five manually focused photographs have been combined using open source software, Hugin and Enfuse. I plan to try this again using automated focus bracketing and many more images.

You can read more about grotesque mask decorations here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grotesque

More information about the open source software I used can be found here: https://patdavid.net/…/focus-stacking-macro-photos-enfuse.h…

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Happy New Year 2019

I hope that your 2019 will be prosperous, safe, and full of happiness and joy.

This short animation was created entirely with freely available open source software. Feel free to share. The YouTube link is below:

https://youtu.be/j2B7nlBVhig
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Spanish Colonial Hanger, c 1810

This excavated Spanish Colonial Hanger likely dates from the early 19th century before the Mexican War of Independence in 1821. The style seems to be referred to as "round tang espadas" (Adams '85) or "Central American Dirk" (Levine, 1985). Thanks to Jim McDougall.

Weight .65 lbs or 10.4 oz
Overall length: 24 7/8 inches
Blade length: 20 inches
Blade width at the guard 1 2/8 inches
Guard width: 4 5/8 inches

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The High Standard Model C
c1939

The High Standard Model C is semi-automatic pistol chambered for .22 Short. They were manufactured from 1936 to 1942 and are a favorite with target shooters. In the 60’s my dad won a lot shooting competitions, and free of turkeys, using High Standard pistols.

I don’t usually post photos of weapons made in the 20th century here, but this one is classified by the Feds as a curio or relic.

When I showed this pistol to a millennial friend they commented that it looked like something Marvel’s Agent Carter would carry. They’re right, a version of this pistol was a favorite of the OSS and CIA from the 1940’s thru the 1960’s.

https://taskandpurpose.com/history-cias-silent-pistol-choice/
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American Trade / Martial Pistol, c 1800-1810

This is an early 19th-century trade or martial pistol. Possibly something that would have seen service during the war of 1812. It is typical of the Federal period design with what looks like an American Walnut stock. There are no makers marks, but it has an English barrel with Birmingham proof marks. The matching wood stain on the hickory ramrod makes it appear to be original to the weapon.

Many such pistols were made in England for trade in Canada and North America during the late 1700's and early 1800's, but they were also made in North America from a combination of imported and locally produced parts. The United States Government ordered many similar pistols for use by the military.

Overall Dimensions: 13" x 6" x 2"
Barrel Length: 8"
Caliber: .58 Smooth Bore
Weight: 1 lb 10 oz

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Large Miquelet Lock
C1760

This large Miquelet lock was recovered from St. Marks River in the late 1960s. It seems likely it was once was part a wall mounted swivel gun at the Castillo de San Marcos de Apalache the site of which is located nearby at the confluence of the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers.

The mainspring is broken so it is possible the lock was discarded when it failed, but it is easy to imagine an English gunner throwing it away after the British took over the site in 1763.

You can read more about Castillo de San Marcos de Apalache ("Castle of St. Marks of Apalache") here:
http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/sanmarcos1.html
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/american_latino_heritage/fort_san_marcos_de_apalache.html

Width: 6 3/8 inches
Weight: 2 lb, 1 7/8 oz
Dimensions: Approximately 6 3/8 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches

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