Q: what do these five things have in common?
Click past the break to see the answer, if it's not obvious...
...they're all replicas. In order:
1. US M1873 Old West Pistol by Denix. $61.95. A non-working replica with working hammer and cylinder action of a cavalry sidearm commonly used in the "wild west." (Quotations in this case are indeed somewhat mocking, because I'm reading this right now. Crackin' good book*, but it puts a grim face on the romantic term wild in "wild west.")
Note: Be careful with replica guns. They can get you (or your kids) into trouble they can't get you out of. You'd think you'd be safe in the house, but not necessarily if you own a mix of real and fake firearms. The rate of accidental gun deaths has been falling in the U.S. since 1930, but still, there were 884 accidental gun deaths in 1999, according to the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Click here for a .PDF copy of "Jeff Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety" compliments of Rex Tincher.
2. Shay Model A Ford replica, 1981. NLA. Photo compliments of Serious Wheels.
3. VTA70 EL34 tube amp, a working replica Dynaco Stereo 70 with upgraded and modernized parts, sold in kit or finished form, in several different variations, to take several different tube types, by Bob Latino at tubes4hifi.com. $639–$1,005. I've written about this amp before; I had hoped to use VAC's replica of the famous Marantz Model 7 preamplifier here, for variety if nothing else, but I couldn't find a decent picture of it online. Ya hate it when that happens.
4. The Leica M9, a fully working contemporary camera, yes, but essentially it's a digital replica of the family of film Leica M's that began with the M3 and ended with the M7 and MP. $6,995. By contrast, its lineup mates, the X1 and S2, are original designs. (I don't know, too far to go to make this simple point? You can be the judge.)
5. Ten-and-a-half inch high horse sculpture made of hand-patinated bonded bronze, from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with Princely Collections of Liechtenstein. $395. Based on a model by Giovanni Bologna, called Giambologna (Flemish, c. 1529–1608), that was probably cast in the workshop of sculptor Giovanni Francesco Susini (Italian, c. 1575–1653). Giambologna's models were created for the equestrian statue of Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, which was finished in 1593.
*Does not currently conform to The Pinker Rule; caveat emptor.
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Featured Comment by Kenneth Jarecke: "Things I bring to a party at Paris Hilton's house."
Featured Comment by Bill Rogers: "They all are things I would never buy."
Featured Comment by Pavel: "All are historically significant."
Featured Comment by cb: "They are all obsolete."