One of only two authentic old Jolly Rogers known in the world. The red background meant that she ship flying the flag would take no prisoners if their opponents put up a fight. The 18th century pirate flag is now on display at the National Museum of the Royal Navy
Pirates did not fly the Jolly Roger at all times. Like other vessels, pirate ships usually stocked a variety of flags, and would normally fly a false flag or no colours until they had their prey within firing range. When the pirates’ intended victim was within range, the Jolly Roger would be raised, often simultaneously with a warning shot.
Flying a Jolly Roger was a reliable way of proving oneself a pirate. Just possessing or using a Jolly Roger was considered proof that one was a criminal pirate rather than something more legitimate; only a pirate would dare fly the Jolly Roger, as he was already under threat of execution
Oldest surviving pair of Levis jeans, 1879
Apparently the rivet at the bottom of the fly was replaced after some unfortunate experiences with heat from campfires.
Also note the attachment points on the waist for suspenders instead of belt loops, which along with belts didn’t appear on civilian clothing as a practical item until the 20s.
This Viking sword was found by reindeer hunters at high altitude in the Mountains of Oppland County. It may have belonged to a Viking who lost his way and died here 1100 years ago
The Rape of Proserpina is a large Baroque marble sculptural group by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, executed between 1621 and 1622. Bernini was only 23 years old at its completion. Now on display at the Galleria Borghese in Rome
Top hat worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was shot. Now on display at the National Museum of American History
The Sword of Goujian, found in 1965. This sword is mainly made of bronze with blue crystals and turquoise decoration. The blade surprisingly didn’t suffer from rust and tarnish, so it’s still extremely sharp. Hubei, China, Spring and Autumn period (771–403 BC)
Breastplate Armor of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, 1549
The details of decorations Galileo’s first telescopes; 17th century, in the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence
First ever drawings of the moon made by Galileo Galeili after observing it through his telescope in 1609
Armored Gauntlets owned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, from 1508 until his death in 1519
9.4 inch mortar shaped like a sitting tiger. India, 1770-1799
The Da Vinci Globe, dated 1504, is the oldest known globe to show the New World. Engraved with immaculate detail on two conjoined lower halves of ostrich eggs
Hundreds of ancient Roman Gold coins hidden in an amphora were unearthed from an Italian theater, 5th century AD
The world’s oldest pants, a 3300-year-old wool trousers discovered in the vast Yanghai cemetery near Turfan, northwestern China
The interior of Muhammad Shah’s Royal Tent, Qajar Empire, 1834–1848. Now on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art
The gun that killed 20 million people, pistol used by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate Franz Ferdinand
The Rosetta Stone, Egypt 196 BCE. The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic and demotic scripts, while the bottom is in Ancient Greek. Rosetta Stone became key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs, thereby opening a window into ancient Egyptian history.
The graffiti of Addaura, carved by ancient humans between 20,000-15,000 BC in the late Epigravettian and early Mesolithic periods. They were found in the Addaura Cave on the northeast side of Mount Pellegrino in Palermo, Sicily
The Walther PPK pistol owned by the Chief of the Luftwaffe and the second most powerful man in the Third Reich Hermann Göring ,its engraved with traditional Germanic oak leaf and acorn pattern and it has Göring’s initials on the grip panel