Friday, December 31, 2010

Ca. 1760 John Fox Twigg Flintlock Pistol

Twigg was a famous London gunmaker

Photos supplied bManfred Schmitz.

18th Century Camp Table by Manfred Schmitz

The table is painted in the tradional way with milk paint and later for the protection finished with linseed oil.

John Fox Twiggs pistol with some of Manfred's 18th century items.

Photos supplied by Manfred Schmitz, one of our German viewers.

Tomahawk from the Jim Dresslar Collection

Category: Tomahawk
Region: Northeast
Tribe: Unknown
Period: 1825-1850
Materials: Wood; metal; pewter
Description: Early eastern pipe tomahawk with pewter inlay. Pewter mouthpiece in the likeness of a fish. Pewter inlays on handle inscribed on right side with an indian shooting a bow and a dog at his feet. Inlay on the left side inscribed with a bow and arrow. Blade inscribed with initials "WJL". Hinged lid covers the pipe bowl.
Dimensions: Length 17.25 inches
Provenance: Jim Dresslar Collection
References: Baldwin, John, Tomahawks - Pipe Axes of the American Frontier, Early American Artistry-Trading Company, West Olive, Michigan, 1995, pp 2

Hartzler, Daniel D. and James A. Knowles, Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Belt Axes, Daniel D. Hartzler and James A. Knowles, 1995, pp 162, Fig. 100

Baldwin, John, Indian War Clubs of the American Frontier,Early American Artistry-Trading Company, West Olive, Michigan, 2001, pp 15, Fig. 7

Copy and photos from Splendid Heritage.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kentucky Pistol, Marked "LF" Leroy Fleenor ca. 1970's/ 80's

Photos supplied by Robert Weil.

Quilled Knife Case from Eastern Great Lakes

Collection: Warnock
Category: Knife-Knife Case
Region: Northeast
Tribe: Great Lakes - Eastern Great Lakes
Period: 1775-1800
Materials: Native tanned and black dyed deerskin; dyed and natural porcupine quills; brass cones and dyed red deerhair.
Description: Knife case is decorated with quillwork including a heart shaped design in red, yellow and white quills, a central vertical band in red, black, and yellow, zigzag white lines, etc. Case is attached to neck strap which includes segment of netted quillwork.
Dimensions: Length (with strap) 20.5 inches 52 cm; Length (case only) 10.4 inches 26 cm
Provenance: Charles Messiter Collection, Alexander Gallery, Epic Fine Arts Co./Masco Corp.
Exhibitions: Akicita, The Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, May 17 1983 - July 10, 1983
Splendid Heritage, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, May 27, 1995 - September 27, 1995,
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, October 23, 1998 - October 3, 1999
Splendid Heritage, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, February 10, 2009 - March 1, 2010

References: Sotheby's Auction Catalogue, Sotheby's, New York, Sale 4842Y, Lot 287, April 24, 1982
Warnock, John and Marva, eds, Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 2009, pp 71

Copy and photos from Splendid Heritage.

Kentucky Rifle Foundation Display at the 2009 Lake Cumberland Mini CLA Show

this is just part of the display by the Kentucky Rifle Foundation

Photographed at the 2009 Lake cumberland mini CLA Show by Jan Riser.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jerry Eitnier Rifle

I built this gun in the spring of 2004 for my good friend Fred Foxworthy. Fred was not a black powder shooter but he wanted the best parts available in this gun. The 32 cal. Rice barrel is 44 inches long, 1 turn in 66 inches. The late English lock is from Jim Chambers. Walter Cane set triggers. The cast trigger guard was shaped to fit Fred's bad hand. I made all the other mounts. The gun was test fired before delivery and it was not fired again. It is in new condition.

Copy and photos supplied by Jerry Eitnier.

Todd Daggett Spiked Tomahawk

This spiked tomahawk was made to resemble a mid to late 18th century piece. It has a cutting edge of 2 3/4 inches. The head including the spike is 8 1/2 inches wide. The forged head is secured to the split ash handle with wooden wedges. The length of the handle is 20 1/2 inches. This spiked tomahawk has been my personal hawk for nearly fifteen years. It has served me well providing wood for fires, field dressing deer and it even snagged a couple of salmon from a stream while I was on a survival outing in Alaska. 

Copy By Todd Daggett with photos by Jan Riser.