Medieval Swords, Firearms, and a Suit of Armor Are Going Up for Auction—and Can Be Yours

Hermann Historica
Hermann Historica

If you've been looking for the right suit of medieval armor to tie your home's decor together, you're going to want to check out this auction from Hermann Historica. At the German auction house's event this May, bidders will find weapons, hunting gear, and military equipment dating back to the 5th century BCE.

One of the oldest items hitting the auction block is an Illyrian bronze helmet which originated in northern Greece close to 2400 years ago. The piece, which was crafted from a single piece of metal, has retained its shape over the centuries. Hermann Historica is asking for a starting bid of $14,500 for the object.

The auction will include weapons of historical significance, like a Russian sword from 1844, with a starting price of $18,000, which was given to Prince George of Hesse-Darmstadt by Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. A German sword from the 17th century ($17,000) and a pair of 18th-century pistols from the armory of the Czech Prince of Lobkowitz ($72,600) are also up for bid.

The most impressive example of medieval craftsmanship going up for auction may be a suit of tournament armor made in Germany in the 16th century. According to a press release, every detail of the armor was carefully thought out, artfully finished, and designed to provide the best protection for the wearer. For a chance at taking home that piece, bidders must be willing to part with at least $30,000.

The auction will kick off on May 1 in Munich and continue through May 11. History fans looking to appreciate the artifacts without taking them home can visit the auction house's public exhibition on April 30 and May 7.

Late Illyrian bronze helmet from 5th to early 4th century BCE.

A German sword from the early 17th century.

Two 18th-century flintlock pistols from the armory of the Prince of Lobkowitz.

All images: Hermann Historica

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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A Short, Sweet History of Candy Corn

Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
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Depending on which survey you happen to be looking at, candy corn is either the best or the worst Halloween candy ever created. If that proves anything, it’s that the tricolor treat is extremely polarizing. But whether you consider candy corn a confectionery abomination or the sweetest part of the spooky season, you can’t deny that it’s an integral part of the holiday—and it’s been around for nearly 150 years.

On this episode of Food History, Mental Floss’s Justin Dodd is tracing candy corn’s long, storied existence all the way back to the 1880s, when confectioner George Renninger started molding buttercream into different shapes—including corn kernels, which he tossed at actual chickens to see if it would fool them. His white-, orange-, and yellow-striped snack eventually caught the attention of Goelitz Confectionery Company (now Jelly Belly), which started mass-producing what was then sometimes called “chicken feed” rather than “candy corn.”

But what exactly is candy corn? Why do we associate it with Halloween? And will it ever disappear? Find answers to these questions and more in the video below.

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