Friday, October 23, 2020

CLF Auction Artist of the Day: Doug Warren




This rifle dates to about 1800 and is signed by Joseph Angstadt who worked in Maxatawny Township in Berks County, Pennsylvania. For another example from the Joe Kindig, Jr. collection with nearly identical carving on the buttstock, see rifle no. 18 on page 54 of "Berks County Longrifles & Gunmakers 1750-1900" by Patrick Hornberger. The rifle has a 44" full-length .45 caliber smoothbore octagon barrel with a brass front sight and an iron rear sight with punch-dot decoration. There are also sprigs of decoration and each sides of the rear sight, as well as behind the front sight. The rifle is signed on the top flat in block letters "JOS ANG" along with other decorative pinwheel designs. The lock is probably a replacement and features stamp engraving as well as "LONDON" stamped in the center. The brass furniture is uniquely indicative of Joseph Angstadt and includes an ornate and large pieced four-piece patchbox with engraved designs. The trigger guard is of the style seen in Lehigh County, as it features a large lug at the front of the bow. There is also an engraved toeplate terminating in an arrow, as well as a long wearplate extending from the ramrod entry ferrule and engraved with designs and borders mirroring those found on the patchbox. There are shaped brass escutcheons around each of the barrel keys on the left side only. The full length, partially figured maple stock is of familiar Berks County form with a Roman nose buttstock and a slender wrist. There are incised folk art designs around the barrel tang on both sides of the wrist and a large folk art motif incorporating 'C' scrolls behind the cheekpiece. Above the cheekpiece, there is a pierced and engraved eight-point silver star. CONDITION: Barrel retains a heavy brown patina showing some scattered corrosion. Signature is clear and very good. Lock is a possible replacement and has been reconverted, does not hold on full cock. Lock has some corrosion and retains a brown surface. Brass retains a mustard patina and shows some scattered areas of casting flaws. Stock retains much of its original dark finish and patina, and shows scattered areas of wear and marks from use. The wooden ramrod is original. There is a minor chip replaced at the toe, as well as a small piece between the back of the lockplate tang and the barrel tang. This is a very good example of a Joseph Angstadt rifle.

Minimum Bid: $3,500.00
Estimate: $7,000.00 - $12,000.00

Copy and photos from Morphy Auction here.

CLF Auction Artist of the Day: Verlin Cossel


Thursday, October 22, 2020

CLF Auction Artist of the Day: Todd Buttler


No. 182: StillBrave Childhood Cancer Foundation Benefit Auction

Presenting a collaborative long rifle accoutrement set by three artists; the entire proceeds of your auction purchase will be donated to StillBrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. 

Stillbrave's mission is to provide non-medical, supportive care to children with cancer and their families.  

StillBrave's Vision:  We are committed to helping the families of children battling cancer in any way we can. So while they are fighting the toughest war of their lives, we will fight their lesser battles, so they don’t have to. We are not only here to support children with cancer, we are here to help ease the burden of the family and the caregivers who are fighting battles of their own.

The StillBrave Set:

This collaborative ensemble to be auctioned features the efforts of three artists who work within the mediums of the Contemporary Longrifle genre.  

Eric S. Ewing, of Red Hook, NY, created a shooting bag made from a mix of textiles and animal hides.  Materials employed include vegetable tanned goat leather, linsey-woolsey coverlet, linen, antique saddle hardware, and of course bark-tanned raccoon hide.

Clinton Byers of Lenoir, NC crafted a powder horn, with simple homespun lines to compliment the style of the shooting bag.

Ian Pratt, of Peebles, Ohio, contributed a hand-made chain and tin-powder measure, accompanied by a vent pick.

The auction of this ensemble of accoutrements will begin at 6 pm Friday, October 23, 2020, and will close on 6 pm Monday, October 26, 2020. The bidding will start at $450.00 USD.  The buyer will also pay for shipping and insurance.

To place a bid, please go to, and comment your bid amount below along with your name.  As of 6 pm Monday October 26, 2020, the comment with the highest bid will win the auction. As stated, the entirety of the proceeds will be donated to StillBrave Childhood Cancer Foundation, to assist them in their mission of providing support and care to children with cancer and their families.  More information about StillBrave can be found at their website:  We hope you will also be inspired by their mission and story!

Copy  and photos from Eric Ewing here.