The Sword of Goujian,
Unearthed by Chinese Archeologists in 1965, the Sword of Guijan is an ancient bronze sword dating to the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history (771 to 403 BCE). The most amazing aspects of this sword are its beautiful etchings and its state of preservation. After over 2,500 years the sword has no corrosion or tarnish and is still razor sharp. Scientists theorize that its preservation was due to a special alloy of bronze containing copper, tin, lead, iron, arsenic, and sulfur. It was also contained within a well crafted airtight scabbard. Today the Sword Guijian can be found at the Hubei Provincial Museum.
Infamous Pocket Pistol—- Liliput Model I .32 automatic.
This little automatic pistol was the possession of Adolf Hitler during World War II. Gold plated, engraved, and with pearl grips, this pistol was presented to Hitler shortly before the start of WWII by party member Max Kehl. The inscription on the slide reads, “Presented to the revered Leader Adolf Hitler by the Party Comrade Kehl in the city of Munich from his home, the City of Weapons, Suhl.”
Throughout his career there were 42 attempts on Hitler’s life. He often carried this gun concealed in a secret pocket sewn into his pants as well as a .32 Walther PPK. In 1945 an as yet anonymous American GI discovered the pistol in a government warehouse in Munich. For almost 30 years he kept the pistol hidden under his bed in Pittsburgh, PA. He then sold the gun to his employer, millionaire cheese manufacturer Ray Bily. Bily stored the pistol in a Nevada bank vault for several more years.
Today the Hitler’s Liliput Pistol is on display at West Point Military Academy.