Rare Discoveries Show A Different Side To History Than You Already Know

By Sophia Maddox | December 2, 2023

A one-of-a-kind watch that was created for Marie Antoinette the Queen of France as a gift from a male suitor

Forget what you learned in the history books. More often than not they only tell one side of a story filled with nuance. The rare discoveries that have been collected here show a side of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of stories that we think we know to expose little known facts that make history all the more fascinating. If you are ready to see a different side to history than you already know, then click ahead...the truth awaits!

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A pocket watch fit for a Queen, this extremely ornate watch was commissioned for Marie Antoinette by a mystery suitor in 1783 and no expense was spared. Gold was used in lieu of lesser metals which led the time piece to costing more than $30 million. This one-of-a-kind watch has a full calendar, and jumping hour hand, 23 complications and 823 parts. With all of its bits this is considered to be the fifth most complicated watch ever built. Unfortunately, Antoinette never received the watch, it was completed in 1827 – 34 years after she was sent to the guillotine.

This small ornate ax was made in Germany during the late 1500s.

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The craftsmanship of this axe is truly inspiring and it makes us long for the days when blacksmiths spent all their time working on tools as if they were pieces of art. This short handled axe has a variety of uses, be they for chopping or for throwing, although something that’s this ornate was likely for decoration more than anything. Can you imagine taking something this beautiful into battle and throwing it at your enemy? You’d never get it back. Although if you were going to use it, you’d probably use it in close combat. Still, there's got to be a better tool for that job.