Monday, September 30, 2013

Hunting Pouch and Horn Set by The Brennan Family

Horn by Jesse Brennan

Photographed at the 2013 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

Finger-woven and Beaded Sash by Dick Kearny

A very tightly woven sash from fine woolen yarn. Dick copied this sash from Plate 161 in Ted Brassers book, "Bo'jou, Neejee!" The body of the sash is 41 1/2" long and 6" wide. The fringe on each end is 29" long with the first 4 1/2" braided, the rest has been twisted due to the fineness of the yarn. The original is attributed to the Iroquois.

Copy and photo by Paul of KY.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Early Wooden Patchbox Rifle by John Graeff of Lancaster

43" full oct 65 Cal. rifled bbl signed in script "J. Graeff". This very rifle is pictured in Joe Kindig's Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age p. 90 picture number 22. This early rifle has a 5-1/2" wooden patchbox. Stock is curly maple and sideplate is heavy beveled brass. Bbl tang is squared in the back. Early flint lock is signed but is difficult to read. Name appears to be "Wheeler". Rifle is incised carved on both sides at the rear ramrod entrance ferrule with scribe lines running up to just behind the nosecap. Kindig notes the earliest record calling John Graeff a gunsmith is a court summons dated 1775. In General Hand's papers of 1794, Graeff is credited with making at least 156 rifles for the government. He is listed as a gunsmith in the Lancaster tax records for 1780, 1788, 1802, 1803. He died in Lancaster in 1804. We know John Graeff was a gunsmith in Lancaster during and right after the Revolutionary War. He was a fine artisan. It was Kindig's opinion this wooden patchbox example of Graeff's work was rather early. 

PROVENANCE: See Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age, 1960, by Kindig Jr., pp. 88, 90, #22. Joe Kindig Collection. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. 

CONDITION: There are a number of normal age and stress cracks along the forend, one running 12" from the nosecap back along the right side at the bbl. Another starting about 26" back from the nosecap and running forward about 2-1/2", and a third beginning about 26-1/4" back from the nosecap on the left hand side running forward about 4-1/2". No evidence visible of any wood replacements or restoration. 4-49919 RG50 (10,000-15,000)

Copy and photos from James Julia.

Silver Earrings by Dave Hughes

Photographed at the 2013 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

Antique Quilled Bag

Besace Iroquoise ou présentée comme telle. Photo tirée d'un catalogue de vente de l'Hôtel Drouot à Paris.pas de datation précise.vendue dans les années 80 à un collectionneur privé .Suis preneur de toutes infos sur elle.

Iroquois bag or presented as such. picture from a mail order catalog in the hotel Drouot paris.pas dating précise.vendue in the 80s to a private collector.'m interested in all information about it

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rare Georgia Made Silver Mounted Pistol Attributed to Wiley Higgins

This attractive highly decorated percussion pistol, made in the era of “Bowie Knives, Derringers and River Boats”, has a 5 ¾ inch full octagon .52 caliber smooth barrel. The pistol, obviously of Georgia manufacture, has been attributed to the famous gunsmith Wiley Grover Higgins Sr. (1799 - 1859). The finely engraved lock is surrounded by silver facing, typical of Higgins guns. (Reference page 60 of the book “Gunsmiths and Allied Tradesmen of Georgia". The pistol is elaborately silver mounted with silver trigger guard, butt cap, nose cap and two piece side plate. The silver decorative inlays are very similar in design to those on the Higgins pistols/rifles pictured in the Georgia book. The barrel tang is surrounded by silver facing and the checkered wrist features a full length silver grip strap. The pistol has a nice Walnut ebonized stock. Wiley Higgins was born in Laurens County, South Carolina after which he settled as a gunsmith in Monroe County Georgia and later in Macon County Georgia about 1850. Wiley Higgins is the most celebrated of all the identified early Georgia gun makers. A signed rifle by Wiley G. Higgins pictured in Joe Kindig’s “Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age” was described by Kindig as “by far the most artistic Kentucky Rifle of its period that I have ever seen”. That rifle is presently on display in Louisville Kentucky in the collection of the Frazer Gun Museum. In addition, a Higgins pistol is in the collection at Andrew Jackson’s home “the Hermitage” having been a family piece and gun attributed to Wiley Higgins pictured in the Georgia book was made for the governor of Arkansas. Included: Copy of the book “Gunsmiths and Allied Tradesmen of Georgia”. 

CONDITION: This pistol appears to be in very nice original condition throughout.  The finely engraved lock retains its original Fire bluing with traces of bluing also on the barrel. 4-49676 RG9 (18,000-35,000)

Copy and photos from James Julia.

Gunstock Warclub by Carl Merck

Photos supplied by Carl Merk at HawknKnife.

Antique Fingerwoven Bag

Bag, with shoulder strap, finger woven in brown and yellow worsted (yarn), decorated with white beads, including a Thunderbird with three heads outlined on front, and a band of coloured quill work: Americas, Canada, Great Lakes, Plains, Anishnaabe, 19th century
Style / Culture: Plains, Anishnaabe
Materials: Wool, Goat hair, Beadwork, Quill
Collection place: Great Lakes, Canada, North And Central America
On Display: National Museum Of Scotland

Copy and photo from National Museum of Scotland.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Clinton Byers Powder Horn for L. C. Peters

This horn was made for L.C. Peters, who grew up around the Fort St. Joseph area. It is my interpretation of a late F&I horn that might have been carried by someone loyal to the Crown.

Copy and photos supplied by Clinton Byers.