Monday, August 31, 2009

Steve Davis

Photos by Jan Riser.

Ward Oles Quilled Mocassins

Material: Braintanned deer skin, deer hair, porcupine quills,tinned iron, metallic braid, vegetal fiber,glass beads
Date: c.1770
Attributed to: Unknown
Geographic distribution: NE United States
Collection data: Various compiled

Photos supplied by Ward Oles.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bruce Horn Primer

Photos by Jan Riser.

Artist and Displays at the CLA Show 2009

Arnie and Natalie Dowd Display

A Lexington, Kentucky "School"
Left-Handed "Kentucky Rifle"
Circa 1815- 1820

Maker - Unknown
Owner - Henry Risingson of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a Blacksmith and a Whitesmith.

Identifiable and Unique Features:

1. The specific design of the Patchbox, especially the finial and the lid which is enclosed by the patch-box frame.

2. The Stock architecture, especially the long wrist and the saddle-shaped Cheedrest.

3. The Lobe on the forward post of the trigger-guard bow.

4. The various artistic symbols (including the tools of a Blacksmith) which are engraved on the top barrel flat.

5. The Patented Hook-Breech and oval, silver Signature-plate.

6. The wonderful "Folk-Art" inlays - especially the "Eagle and Serpent" which represents Good conquering Evil, the sly smart and cunning Fox, the patriotic Eagle facing left and the astrological symbols of the Sun, Moon & Star.

Copy by Arnie Dowd and photos by Jan Riser.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mermaid Horn by Rich Pierce

“This is based on an original from 1757. Robert M. Hartley, my great uncle, made an illustration of the original, found in the Mohawk Valley of New York State, in the 1930’s. His original sketches of many “valley” powder horns of the French and Indian and Revolutionary War periods are in the museum in the basement of the public library in St. Johnsville, New York. I added a period repair to this horn using cutler’s resin and a piece of brass sheet metal.”

I know John Proud and the horners are planning to soon publish a book on the Hartley sketches, which will be a terrific resource. I don’t think publishing a scan of this original copy I inherited of one of my “Uncle Rob’s” sketches would be a problem and might enhance interest in the forthcoming book.

Copy and Photos by Rich Pierce.

Curt Lyles Bag

Bark tanned deer neck with no side seams, lined flap, one good sized pocket inside, forged buckle, dyed with walnut hulls and waxed finish.

Photos by Curt Lyles.