Thursday, March 23, 2017

Horn by John Proud

A near copy of an original horn I saw at the 2016 Fort Frederick Market Fair. No provenance on the original except that it was picked up at and estate sale, I believe in Georgia.

Copy and photos supplied by John Proud.

39th Annual Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show

RSVP 7 Adults, 7 Children and 1 Dog for the BBQ Dinner on Friday night!

Friday-Saturday April 21-22, 2017 
Jubilee Banquet Facility 
6700 Jubilee Center Way Knoxville, TN 37912  

This is a collectors’ meeting and is not promoted to the general public. We welcome all those who are interested in the preservation of the American long rifle
Join us for this 39th annual Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show.
Kentucky Rifles, pistols and related accouterments only.
No cartridge weapons permitted.
Contact Wayne Elliott, 770-823-2970 Email:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Southeastern-Style Bag by David Ansonia

This bag is by David Ansonia, a British/Swiss national who does good southeastern work.  David's other major interest is tipi camping.    
This is a southeastern-style bag of the 1820s-1830s period.  The strap design is from a bag that was in an advertisement in AMERICAN INDIAN ART magazine many years ago.  The main design on the flap is David's own, and the heart-shaped designs were inspired by a bag that used to be in the Rowan County Museum in Salisbury, NC, but sold at auction a few years ago.  This type of bag is made by sewing down a narrow braid using a running stitch right down the center of the strip to form the design.  Then the maker outlines the design using 8/0 white beads. 

Copy and photos supplied by Doug Rogers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Art at Sea by David Crisalli

In the early 1970s, as a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, I purchased a number of whale's teeth (it was legal then) from a ship chandlery in New York.  At the time, J.P. McNalley's, located at 234 Water St., in lower Manhattan, had barrels full of sperm whale teeth for a dollar or two each.  Some of the teeth were very old and had been around since the 19th century.  Over the next several years, as a Midshipman and then as a naval officer on destroyers and cruisers in the Pacific Fleet, I engraved many of the teeth as gifts for family and friends.  This is one I did for my sister in 1985.  She just recently asked me to make a base for it.  The base is turned ebony with an ivory inset.

Copy and photos supplied by David Crisalli.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pipe with Quilled Stem by Michael Galban

1740's Seneca style pipe with quilled stem. 

Photos supplied by Michael Galban.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Living With a Collection by Chetworth del Gatto

Hornwork: Willy Frankfort 
Quill & Moosehair Bags: Shawn Webster  
Pipe: Ken Hamilton  
Pottery: Lisa Crews  
Bentwood Nesting Boxes: Don George
Iron Trivet: Brian Anderson

It is, definitely, living with a collection. I use it all, not just eye candy to be dusted.

Copy and photo supplied by Chetworth del Gatto.