Monday, January 27, 2020

Late 18th Century Style Knife and Flintlock Pistol Combination

Recently finished by Bill Porterfield from York county is a late 18th century style knife and flintlock pistol combo. 

I forged the blade from 5160 steel with a through tang. It has a 11" blade and the knife is 17 1/2 " overall. I made all the parts including the lock, cock, frizzen, springs, screws,  barrel  etc.  Barrel with pan attached was made from a piece of 4140 steel and it is bored to .32 cal. The cock is mild 1018 steel as are the screws but all the other parts such as the tumbler, sear, frizzen are 1095 steel and hardened. The handle is wild cherry. The sheath is carved from basswood and covered with buckskin and brass mounted with a belt hook.   Brass was used for the ferule, guard, pommel and tang nut. I also used a piece of .090 brass backed with 16ga. steel for the lock plate.   As I was making this knife, I pictured Capt. Edward Teach (Blackbeard) and other pirates carrying this aboard ship back in the late 1700's as they sailed the high seas looking for other ships to attack.

Copy and photos supplied by Bill Porter.

Richard Gutherie

Eternal rest grant unto Rick, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. 
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Round Striker Container by Brandon Cogburn

Photographed at the 2019 Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show by Jan Riser.

42nd Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show

Friday-Saturday April 17-18, 2020
Jubilee Banquet Facility 
6700 Jubilee Center Way Knoxville, TN 37912  

We outgrew our space at the Museum of Appalachia so we moved a couple of years ago to a new facility just 12 miles south of the museum. We have two adjacent well-lighted rooms for gun tables and a separate room for our BBQ dinner. The space has easy access and will be secure.  

The Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show was started 42 years ago by the late Robin Hale, an authority on antique Tennessee rifles. After Robin’s death, the show was continued by others and, in recent years, has been sponsored by a non-profit corporation organized for that purpose. The focus of the show continues to be antique longrifles and pistols primarily from the South. In recent years, due to the great interest by contemporary makers in learning more about, and following the old traditions, we have opened the show to contemporary makers and their work. However, the primary focus of the show continues to be antiques. 
Collector items permitted to be displayed are limited to flintlock or percussion-cap muzzleloading longrifles and pistols made in America prior to 1898 and contemporary hand-crafted muzzleloading longrifles and pistols. Related accouterments (horns, bags, knives, etc.) are also welcomed. Cartridge weapons and gunpowder are not permitted. No alcohol or smoking in the showroom. All table holders and invited guests assent to these requirements as a part of their admission to the meeting. 
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 42nd annual Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show.
Kentucky Rifles, pistols and related accouterments only.
No cartridge weapons permitted.


6:00pm on Friday night is the BBQ Dinner at the show venue. Reservations for the dinner must be made by Friday, April 10th. There are a limited number of dinners. Lunch is available both days. Contact Randal Pierce for more information.
Contact Randal Pierce 865-982-6538
Randal and Linda Pierce have been involved behind the scene for years with this show. Linda is always at the front table with Boo Elliott and Barbara Blanton.
Note: The photo is one of the cabins at Cades Cove. We have stopped by there many times over the years on the way to the Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show. This is a show with the focus on the antiques. It is an excellent opportunity to study the old as well as see the work of new makers. JR

Thursday, January 23, 2020

New Quillwork by Bill Wright

Photo supplied by Bill and Vicki Wright.

Morphy Auctions: The Susquehanna Collection with Final Prices


Final Price Including Buyers Premium: $9,600.00

Estimate: $1,000.00 - $2,000.00


Final Price Including Buyers Premium: $24,600.00

Estimate: $25,000.00 - $50,000.00


Final Price Including Buyers Premium: $7,500.00

Estimate: $15,000.00 - $30,000.00

Copy and photos from here.
These there items were posted on January 3, 2020 here. The knife went way over the estimate whitely Jacob dicker was half of the low side on the estimate. The horn was close to the low estimate.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020