Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Elisha Bull 'Death or Victory' Pistol

It's one of those pieces that just speaks volumes.

If someone totally unfamiliar with these guns asked you something as simple as - "what were southern guns like?" and you could only show them one example, you could point to this Elisha Bull piece and feel comfortable that they were getting a good lesson in all the important stuff...

Simple - well, subtle is a better word I guess - the more you look at it the more you realize is there - elegant yet still sort of humble; proud, determined, fiercely independent with that "don't cross me" attitude proudly engraved on it. Conjures up ghosts of folks like John Sevier, Andy Jackson, and Davy Crockett...

Copy bu Guy Montfort. Photographed by Jan Riser at the 2009 TN KY Show.

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