Chinese Mace with spherical head decorated with silver and shaft decorated with shagreen.

China

Many military inventions came from China, including the crossbow and perhaps the most important of them all, gunpowder. Chinese arms and armour could also be classed as great works of art.


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Palmerston's Follies

Fort Nelson is one of the ‘Palmerston Forts’, commissioned in the 1860s by Lord Palmerston, who feared a French attack. By the time they were completed, however, any threat from France disappeared. The forts gained the nickname ‘Palmerston’s follies’.