Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I found that 18th century spoon rack here in Germany in a nice museum village and I wanted to share it. The spoons in the rack are certainly not from the 18th century !
Copy and photos supplied by Contemporary Makers' European Correspondent, Manfred Schmitz.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Jim Kibler has a web site here which showcases his work. There is a store, upcoming events, links and a blog is to come. Jim also has guns for sale and originals guns showcased on his site. There are multiple shots of the guns that are shown, below are just a few examples of Jim's work.
Images from Jim's web site here. The photos above are by Ric Lambert and Jan Riser.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Surrender of General Burgoyne by John Trumbull, 1822;
This painting hangs in the United States Capitol Rotunda.
The Battles of Saratoga (September 19 and October 7, 1777) marked the climax of the Saratoga campaign giving a decisive victory to the Americans over the British in the American Revolutionary War. British General John Burgoyne led a large invasion army up the Champlain Valley from Canada, hoping to meet a similar force marching northward from New York City; the southern force never arrived, and Burgoyne was surrounded by American forces in upstate New York. Burgoyne fought two small battles to break out. They took place eighteen days apart on the same ground, 9 miles south of Saratoga, New York. They both failed. Trapped by superior American forces, with no relief in sight, Burgoyne surrendered his entire army on October 17. His surrender, says historian Edmund Morgan, "was a great turning point of the war, because it won for Americans the foreign assistance which was the last element needed for victory.
Portrait by Joshua Reynolds, c. 1766
On October 17, following a ceremony in which Burgoyne gave his sword to Gates, only to have it returned, Burgoyne's army (approaching 6,000 strong) marched out to surrender their arms.
Portrait by Gilbert Stuart, c.1794
General Horatio Gates
Colonel Daniel Morgan and the newly formed Provisional Rifle Corps, which comprised about 500 specially selected riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, chosen for their sharpshooting ability. This unit came to be known as Morgan's Riflemen.
A detachment of Morgan's regiment, commanded by Morgan, was reassigned to the army's Northern Department and on Aug. 30 he joined General Horatio Gates to aid in resisting Burgoyne's offensive. He is prominently depicted in the painting of the Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga by John Trumbull. Col. Daniel Morgan is shown in white, right of center.
Copy and images from Wikipedia: Saratoga campaign here. John Burgoyne here. Horatio Gates here. Daniel Morgan here.
Carr Clerke (1748-1777) was killed at Saratoga in 1777, during the American War of Independence (1775-1783), while serving as aide-de-camp to Major-General John Burgoyne. Burgoyne had attacked the American forces at Bemis Heights on 7 October, in an attempt to break through their position and so avoid being encircled. It was during this action that Carr Clerke was mortally wounded by a rifle ball believed to have been fired by Timothy Murphy, a notable sharpshooter in Daniel Morgan's corps of riflemen. Murphy also claimed the life of General Simon Fraser in the same battle.
Burgoyne failed to break the Americans at Bemis Heights, and surrendered his remaining men at Saratoga on 17 October 1777. The defeat had far-reaching consequences, for it helped persuade the French to enter the war on the American side.
Copy and photo from National Army Museum.