Illustration from Fireworks Book

Karen Watts

Karen Watts is Senior Curator of Art and Armour at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.

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Did you know?

The first Luger pistol

The very first Luger pistol manufactured at the Erfurt factory in Germany is in the Royal Armouries collection.

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