Juggling rifles, late 19th century

Juggling rifles, late 19th century

Juggling rifles
Late 19th century
Sepia photograph
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

As well as the comedians and singers, part of a music hall programme would include dancing, acrobatics or aerial acts. Novelty acts came in all shapes and sizes and might include any of the aforementioned skills, but with some unusual twist to make them more sensational or, as in this case more dangerous - the rifles have bayonets attached.