08 4 / 2012

justabenedictine:

mazarinette:

Key guns, 1600s

‘Jailers’ keys were apparently filled with gun powder to create a primitive gun that could be detonated if there was any trouble when opening a cell door. We found several original versions that back up this claim, dating from the 17th century and of various complexity.’

Apparently this was an actual thing.

(via gingerhaze)

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