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The “Discreet Companion” Ladies’ Raygun

A pocket butane raygun for steampunky cosplay.

[BY MOLLY FRIEDRICH]

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Photograph by John Keately

First invented in 1885 for use by the daring ladies of the Cloud Frontier, the Discreet Companion has been a staple of purses and garter belts ever since.

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