Man in the Iron Mask, playing the cello in prison
There are conflicting theories as to who this man was. One is that he was Count Ercole Antonio Mattioli (Matthioli or Marchioly, 1640-1703), an Italian diplomat, arrested as Eustache Dauger in 1669, imprisoned by Louis XIV for 34 years, who died in the Bastille. Another theory, according to Voltaire, is that he was the older, illegitimate brother of Louis XIV -- this later formed part of Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers saga, in which the man is Louis' twin brother.
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Bullion Office. Bank of England. Balance for Bar Silver
Engraving of fine weighing scales for bars of silver, with a bar of silver on one side of the scales and the weights on the other. The balance was invented by Mr Bate for weighing silver in bars from 50 lbs to 80 lbs troy.
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Elephant goad, 1802 (c); wrought iron open work staff with pointed ends; constructed from six bars, each divided by six discs which are pierced and hold a brass bell; decorated with painted gold and silver designs; reputedly made in India during the nineteenth century. Date: circa 1802
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