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Image of 1965.040 - Russian Cannon, 1801.  Cannon is a three-pounder cast of solid iron in one solid piece.  The chase appears to be a cross between an English Armstrong system and a similar Danish-Swedish system.  It is a 3:1 vent-bore ratio.  The touchhole, or vent, is spiked with a square file or nail.

1965.040 - Russian Cannon, 1801. Cannon is a three-pounder cast of solid iron in one solid piece. The chase appears to be a cross between an English Armstrong system and a similar Danish-Swedish system. It is a 3:1 vent-bore ratio. The touchhole, or vent, is spiked with a square file or nail.

Russian Cannon, 1801. Cannon is a three-pounder cast of solid iron in one solid piece. The chase appears to be a cross between an English Armstrong system and a similar Danish-Swedish system. It is a 3:1 vent-bore ratio. The touchhole, or vent, is spiked with a square file or nail.

Image of 1976.322 - Double-barrel Dueling Pistol, c. 1850.  Silver-plated double-barrel pistol has an iron trigger and double-locking mechanism.  Etched scrollwork along sides, top center and back piece that affixes to the handle.  Handle is missing.  Metal loops beneath center part that connects both barrels, indicating that bottom of both barrels were once affixed to a base.  Barrels are 4.5" in length.

1976.322 - Double-barrel Dueling Pistol, c. 1850. Silver-plated double-barrel pistol has an iron trigger and double-locking mechanism. Etched scrollwork along sides, top center and back piece that affixes to the handle. Handle is missing. Metal loops beneath center part that connects both barrels, indicating that bottom of both barrels were once affixed to a base. Barrels are 4.5" in length.

Double-barrel Dueling Pistol, c. 1850. Silver-plated double-barrel pistol has an iron trigger and double-locking mechanism. Etched scrollwork along sides, top center and back piece that affixes to the handle. Handle is missing. Metal loops beneath center part that connects both barrels, indicating that bottom of both barrels were once affixed to a base. Barrels are 4.5" in length.

Image of 2009.009 - 36" Riot Baton used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.  Solid oak wooden baton has a clear varnish with a yellowish cast.  A black leather loop is affixed just above grip on handle end.  Cylindrical baton has eight 4 3/4" long notches, that serve as grips, encircling both sides of baton near ends:  handle side is 5" from end while top is 4" from end.  The letters, "SMSO" are engraved/burnt into handle end.  Used to push people during a riot.  Two grips allow officers to hold both while pushing people back, but single handle with leather strap could also be used for hitting, thrusting or jabbing.

2009.009 - 36" Riot Baton used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Solid oak wooden baton has a clear varnish with a yellowish cast. A black leather loop is affixed just above grip on handle end. Cylindrical baton has eight 4 3/4" long notches, that serve as grips, encircling both sides of baton near ends: handle side is 5" from end while top is 4" from end. The letters, "SMSO" are engraved/burnt into handle end. Used to push people during a riot. Two grips allow officers to hold both while pushing people back, but single handle with leather strap could also be used for hitting, thrusting or jabbing.

36" Riot Baton used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Solid oak wooden baton has a clear varnish with a yellowish cast. A black leather loop is affixed just above grip on handle end. Cylindrical baton has eight 4 3/4" long notches, that serve as grips, encircling both sides of baton near ends: handle side is 5" from end while top is 4" from end. The letters, "SMSO" are engraved/burnt into handle end. Used to push people during a riot. Two grips allow officers to hold both while pushing people back, but single handle with leather strap could also be used for hitting, thrusting or jabbing.

Image of 2009.010 - Kendo Riot Stick used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.  Solid-oak wooden stick is painted black.  "Blade" is oval in shape with a very subtle curve along the length of the three-edged top.  Handle has four notches on underside just before blade that serve as a grip, #45 stamped on handle.  Tip of blade curves upward while round cylindrical handle has a blunt end.  Sheriffs would use this in a riot to push people back.  It was used by horse patrol and could also be used as a sword for hitting people (usually aimed at shoulder).

2009.010 - Kendo Riot Stick used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Solid-oak wooden stick is painted black. "Blade" is oval in shape with a very subtle curve along the length of the three-edged top. Handle has four notches on underside just before blade that serve as a grip, #45 stamped on handle. Tip of blade curves upward while round cylindrical handle has a blunt end. Sheriffs would use this in a riot to push people back. It was used by horse patrol and could also be used as a sword for hitting people (usually aimed at shoulder).

Kendo Riot Stick used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Solid-oak wooden stick is painted black. "Blade" is oval in shape with a very subtle curve along the length of the three-edged top. Handle has four notches on underside just before blade that serve as a grip, #45 stamped on handle. Tip of blade curves upward while round cylindrical handle has a blunt end. Sheriffs would use this in a riot to push people back. It was used by horse patrol and could also be used as a sword for hitting people (usually aimed at shoulder).

Image of 2009.019 - San Mateo County Sherriff's Office wooden baton with rubber grommet.  San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Patrol Baton is wood with black colored stain. Cylindrical baton has rounded ends and a black rubber flared piece 1/3 from one end that acts as a grip stop.  There are indentations throughout with heavy loss of stain on one side from use.

2009.019 - San Mateo County Sherriff's Office wooden baton with rubber grommet. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Patrol Baton is wood with black colored stain. Cylindrical baton has rounded ends and a black rubber flared piece 1/3 from one end that acts as a grip stop. There are indentations throughout with heavy loss of stain on one side from use.

San Mateo County Sherriff's Office wooden baton with rubber grommet. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Patrol Baton is wood with black colored stain. Cylindrical baton has rounded ends and a black rubber flared piece 1/3 from one end that acts as a grip stop. There are indentations throughout with heavy loss of stain on one side from use.

Image of 2010.090.068 - WWII U.S. Army 50 Caliber Machine Gun Case.  c. 1939-1944.  Expended (empty).  Hollow bronze colored metal casing.  "S L  /  43" on bottom.

2010.090.068 - WWII U.S. Army 50 Caliber Machine Gun Case. c. 1939-1944. Expended (empty). Hollow bronze colored metal casing. "S L / 43" on bottom.

WWII U.S. Army 50 Caliber Machine Gun Case. c. 1939-1944. Expended (empty). Hollow bronze colored metal casing. "S L / 43" on bottom.

Image of 2010.090.069 - WWII U.S. Army Sharpshooter Badge.  c. 1939-1944.  For rifle.  Pewter colored metal pin in the shape of a wreath with a cross in its center and a circular target in the center of the cross.  Bar hangs below wreath and says, "RIFLE."

2010.090.069 - WWII U.S. Army Sharpshooter Badge. c. 1939-1944. For rifle. Pewter colored metal pin in the shape of a wreath with a cross in its center and a circular target in the center of the cross. Bar hangs below wreath and says, "RIFLE."

WWII U.S. Army Sharpshooter Badge. c. 1939-1944. For rifle. Pewter colored metal pin in the shape of a wreath with a cross in its center and a circular target in the center of the cross. Bar hangs below wreath and says, "RIFLE."

Image of 2014.018.001 - c. 1960s Tear Gas Launcher Model 201-Z made by Federal Laboratories, Inc. Used by police and prison guards worldwide.  Firearm has a black-colored steel barrel, trigger and a steel rod that connects the wooden hand grip to the front bottom of wooden rifle butt.  There is a rust-colored solid rubber shock absorber at end of rifle butt.  Cylindrical barrel is 1.5" in diameter and has a green metal sight mounted to its end.  At top center, there is a 50 yard sight and a lever that raises to shoot from 75 or 100 yards.

2014.018.001 - c. 1960s Tear Gas Launcher Model 201-Z made by Federal Laboratories, Inc. Used by police and prison guards worldwide. Firearm has a black-colored steel barrel, trigger and a steel rod that connects the wooden hand grip to the front bottom of wooden rifle butt. There is a rust-colored solid rubber shock absorber at end of rifle butt. Cylindrical barrel is 1.5" in diameter and has a green metal sight mounted to its end. At top center, there is a 50 yard sight and a lever that raises to shoot from 75 or 100 yards.

c. 1960s Tear Gas Launcher Model 201-Z made by Federal Laboratories, Inc. Used by police and prison guards worldwide. Firearm has a black-colored steel barrel, trigger and a steel rod that connects the wooden hand grip to the front bottom of wooden rifle butt. There is a rust-colored solid rubber shock absorber at end of rifle butt. Cylindrical barrel is 1.5" in diameter and has a green metal sight mounted to its end. At top center, there is a 50 yard sight and a lever that raises to shoot from 75 or 100 yards.

Image of 2012.006.028 - Truncheon or Billy Club, c. 1951-2003.  Wooden baton with brown stain and clear varnish.  Single black leather strap is secured with four metal caps to a band of leather wrapped around base of baton.

2012.006.028 - Truncheon or Billy Club, c. 1951-2003. Wooden baton with brown stain and clear varnish. Single black leather strap is secured with four metal caps to a band of leather wrapped around base of baton.

Truncheon or Billy Club, c. 1951-2003. Wooden baton with brown stain and clear varnish. Single black leather strap is secured with four metal caps to a band of leather wrapped around base of baton.

Image of 2012.006.029 - Truncheon or billy club, c. 1951-1986.  Solid wood with dark stain and clear varnish.  Handle portion of baton is ribbed, with rounded knob at end.

2012.006.029 - Truncheon or billy club, c. 1951-1986. Solid wood with dark stain and clear varnish. Handle portion of baton is ribbed, with rounded knob at end.

Truncheon or billy club, c. 1951-1986. Solid wood with dark stain and clear varnish. Handle portion of baton is ribbed, with rounded knob at end.

Image of 2012.006.030 - Side handle baton, c. 1951-2003.  Solid wood with dark stain and clear varnish.  Upper portion of baton is ribbed.  A short side handle would have been inserted into the hole, making a right angle to the shaft.  Here, the short side handle is missing.

2012.006.030 - Side handle baton, c. 1951-2003. Solid wood with dark stain and clear varnish. Upper portion of baton is ribbed. A short side handle would have been inserted into the hole, making a right angle to the shaft. Here, the short side handle is missing.

Side handle baton, c. 1951-2003. Solid wood with dark stain and clear varnish. Upper portion of baton is ribbed. A short side handle would have been inserted into the hole, making a right angle to the shaft. Here, the short side handle is missing.

Image of 2012.006.031 - Riot baton, c. 1951-2003.  Black composite baton with lattice design has silver-colored knobs on either end.  Bowing at center is likely due to heat damage.

2012.006.031 - Riot baton, c. 1951-2003. Black composite baton with lattice design has silver-colored knobs on either end. Bowing at center is likely due to heat damage.

Riot baton, c. 1951-2003. Black composite baton with lattice design has silver-colored knobs on either end. Bowing at center is likely due to heat damage.

Image of 2014.018.027 - San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .45 ACP Model of 1911 U.S. Army, c. 1915.  Colt Firearm patented April 20, 1897; September 9, 1902; December 19, 1905 and February 14, 1911 and model of the 1911 U.S. Army.  Silver colored metal gun has white pearl handles attached with two screws on each side.

2014.018.027 - San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .45 ACP Model of 1911 U.S. Army, c. 1915. Colt Firearm patented April 20, 1897; September 9, 1902; December 19, 1905 and February 14, 1911 and model of the 1911 U.S. Army. Silver colored metal gun has white pearl handles attached with two screws on each side.

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .45 ACP Model of 1911 U.S. Army, c. 1915. Colt Firearm patented April 20, 1897; September 9, 1902; December 19, 1905 and February 14, 1911 and model of the 1911 U.S. Army. Silver colored metal gun has white pearl handles attached with two screws on each side.

Image of 2014.018.028 - San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .32 ACP Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistol, c. 1920-1921.  Colt Automatic 32 Caliber Firearm patented April 20, 1897, December 22, 1903.  Silver colored metal firearm has white pearl handles attached with one screw on each side.

2014.018.028 - San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .32 ACP Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistol, c. 1920-1921. Colt Automatic 32 Caliber Firearm patented April 20, 1897, December 22, 1903. Silver colored metal firearm has white pearl handles attached with one screw on each side.

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .32 ACP Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistol, c. 1920-1921. Colt Automatic 32 Caliber Firearm patented April 20, 1897, December 22, 1903. Silver colored metal firearm has white pearl handles attached with one screw on each side.

Image of 2015.025.047 - WWII German Army Officer's Dagger, c. 1938-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II.  Pointed dagger has a dull pointed blade and a light tan celluloid handle with a raised spiral design.  Handle end and handguard are silver plated nickel metal with a raised leaf motif.  Front of handguard is decorated with an eagle with spread wings holding a round swastika symbol.  Back of handguard is smooth and etched with "Seltner  /  Ltd. R.T.R.61."  A silver-colored cord with a large knot end is affixed to handle.  Blade rests inside a silver-plated nickel metal sheath.  There are two raised bands toward opening of sheath, decorated with an embossed leaf motif, from which two round metal rings hang.

2015.025.047 - WWII German Army Officer's Dagger, c. 1938-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Pointed dagger has a dull pointed blade and a light tan celluloid handle with a raised spiral design. Handle end and handguard are silver plated nickel metal with a raised leaf motif. Front of handguard is decorated with an eagle with spread wings holding a round swastika symbol. Back of handguard is smooth and etched with "Seltner / Ltd. R.T.R.61." A silver-colored cord with a large knot end is affixed to handle. Blade rests inside a silver-plated nickel metal sheath. There are two raised bands toward opening of sheath, decorated with an embossed leaf motif, from which two round metal rings hang.

WWII German Army Officer's Dagger, c. 1938-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Pointed dagger has a dull pointed blade and a light tan celluloid handle with a raised spiral design. Handle end and handguard are silver plated nickel metal with a raised leaf motif. Front of handguard is decorated with an eagle with spread wings holding a round swastika symbol. Back of handguard is smooth and etched with "Seltner / Ltd. R.T.R.61." A silver-colored cord with a large knot end is affixed to handle. Blade rests inside a silver-plated nickel metal sheath. There are two raised bands toward opening of sheath, decorated with an embossed leaf motif, from which two round metal rin

Image of 2015.025.048 - WWII German Army Officer's Dagger, c. 1938-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II.  Pointed dagger has a dull pointed blade and a yellow celluloid handle with a raised spiral design.  Handle end and handguard are silver plated nickel metal with a raised leaf motif.  Front of handguard is decorated with an eagle with spread wings holding a round swastika symbol.  Back of handguard is smooth.  A silver-colored cord with a large knot end is affixed to handle.  Blade rests inside a silver-plated nickel metal sheath.  There are two raised bands toward opening of sheath, decorated with an embossed leaf motif, from which two round metal rings hang.

2015.025.048 - WWII German Army Officer's Dagger, c. 1938-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Pointed dagger has a dull pointed blade and a yellow celluloid handle with a raised spiral design. Handle end and handguard are silver plated nickel metal with a raised leaf motif. Front of handguard is decorated with an eagle with spread wings holding a round swastika symbol. Back of handguard is smooth. A silver-colored cord with a large knot end is affixed to handle. Blade rests inside a silver-plated nickel metal sheath. There are two raised bands toward opening of sheath, decorated with an embossed leaf motif, from which two round metal rings hang.

WWII German Army Officer's Dagger, c. 1938-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Pointed dagger has a dull pointed blade and a yellow celluloid handle with a raised spiral design. Handle end and handguard are silver plated nickel metal with a raised leaf motif. Front of handguard is decorated with an eagle with spread wings holding a round swastika symbol. Back of handguard is smooth. A silver-colored cord with a large knot end is affixed to handle. Blade rests inside a silver-plated nickel metal sheath. There are two raised bands toward opening of sheath, decorated with an embossed leaf motif, from which two round metal rings hang.

Image of 2015.025.046 - WWII German Army Officer's Dress Dagger with Stag Handle, c. 1939-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II.  Solid steel dagger (A) has a dull blade along the bottom edge that ends in a point.  Handle is also steel with handle end in the shape of an eagle's head.  There is a vertical slit, filled with red felt, down the back of the eagle's neck on the handle for use as a bayonet.  Grips are stag antler.  Steel handguard is curved at the bottom.  There is a small leather cushion around blade just below handguard.  Sheath (B) is black-painted steel with a small knob at the tip.  It rests inside a leather carrying case with a black patent leather finish.  Affixed to back of case is a silver colored ribbon with a corded finial end.  Leather holder is sewn and has a hole in the front through which a clip mounted to the sheath is secured.

2015.025.046 - WWII German Army Officer's Dress Dagger with Stag Handle, c. 1939-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Solid steel dagger (A) has a dull blade along the bottom edge that ends in a point. Handle is also steel with handle end in the shape of an eagle's head. There is a vertical slit, filled with red felt, down the back of the eagle's neck on the handle for use as a bayonet. Grips are stag antler. Steel handguard is curved at the bottom. There is a small leather cushion around blade just below handguard. Sheath (B) is black-painted steel with a small knob at the tip. It rests inside a leather carrying case with a black patent leather finish. Affixed to back of case is a silver colored ribbon with a corded finial end. Leather holder is sewn and has a hole in the front through which a clip mounted to the sheath is secured.

WWII German Army Officer's Dress Dagger with Stag Handle, c. 1939-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Solid steel dagger (A) has a dull blade along the bottom edge that ends in a point. Handle is also steel with handle end in the shape of an eagle's head. There is a vertical slit, filled with red felt, down the back of the eagle's neck on the handle for use as a bayonet. Grips are stag antler. Steel handguard is curved at the bottom. There is a small leather cushion around blade just below handguard. Sheath (B) is black-painted steel with a small knob at the tip. It rests inside a leather carrying case with a black patent leather finish. Affixed to back of case is a