Thursday, February 25, 2021

43rd Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show

Friday-Saturday April 30-May 1, 2021

Jubilee Banquet Facility 

6700 Jubilee Center Way Knoxville, TN 37912  

The Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show was started 43 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 
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 in advance. There are a limited number of dinners. Lunch is available both days. Contact Randal Pierce for more information.


Tables will be spaced to assist and promote social distancing. Knoxville, TN COVID-19 regulations will be followed at the show.

Prize drawings will be held at noon on Saturday.
Contact Randal Pierce 865-982-6538
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

Arnie Dowd

Eternal rest grant unto Arnie, 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.

Arnie Dowd (left) with Henry Bishop (right)
at the 2015 Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show

Arnie and Natalie Dowd Display
at the 2009 CLA Show

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.

For more photos from Arnie's collections see here.

Notice and comments from the American Longrifle Forum here

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tomahawk by Iron John Logan

The tomahawk is loosely inspired by originals made by the frontier blacksmith Joseph Jourdain in the first half of the 19th century. The beautifully browned head is traditionally forged and filed from gun barrel and high carbon steel with pewter dot inlays and engraved with the maker's touchmark on one side and date on the other. The is faux figured hickory handle is inlayed with both poured and hand set pewter inlays. The copper and brass headstock is also hot dipped in pewter. The handle is drilled for a functioning pipe. Measures 8inch x 21-1/2 inches. Available

Copy and Photography supplied by John Logan.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

Houston Harrison for His Son

This is the miniature that I am told Houston made for his son.. Note the frizzen conversion to percussion and the hammer.  I once had a percussion hammer by F  Sell and it looked much like this hammer.

Supplied photos.