|The history of weapons exists as long as the history of mankind - from
a wooden stick to nuclear and space weapons, from a wheel to jet
aircraft, from a stone to laser cannons. If we try to give a quick
glance on antique weapons, some of the grand fathers of the modern
weapons need to be mentioned here. Spear is one of the oldest tools of
men used in hunting and in fights with enemies. The invention was
natural step from a wooden stick and added a sharpened tip which was
meant to inflict wounds on animals and enemies. Later, when people
learned to extract iron, the spear tip was made from iron, and some
centuries later even iron axe was attached at the top.
When bow was invented it was considered the most powerful weapon of
prehistoric times. A bow could reach animals and enemies from a
distant range where spear and knives could not reach. Effectively,
arrows shot from a bow could kill an enemy before it even approached
for the close range battle. Medieval military modified a bow into a
crossbow which not only was more powerful, but also more precise.
Sword was a modification of a long knife and was designed to be used for
protection as well in battles.
Today, there are many collectors of antique weapons. Perhaps the most
expensive ones and most wanted old weapons are antique flintlocks and
sabres from the golden era of pirates. Prices of such old authentic
weapons range from thousands to hundreds of thousand dollars.|