Monday, June 21, 2021

2021 CLA Live Auction: Eighteenth Century Folding Knife by Scott Summerville


Scott Summerville is an excellent knife smith.  His most popular product is his authentic 18th century folding knives.  The 18th century traveler carried his own knife.  Taverns and public houses did not furnish cutlery.  Provisions came in chunks, slabs and sausages; and the baker did not slice your bread. This knife has a bolster copied from an original that is believed to be Dutch.  The blade has an 18th century flared tip, where the tip is slightly wider than where the blade meets the handle.  The style of the finished knife is appropriate for the second half of the century, or even a bit earlier.

 The scales are made of kingswood and are cut using an 18th century method to make the grain stripped.  Scott discovered this method in a knife maker’s book printed in 1771.  It makes a spectacular looking handle.  Scott’s knife assembly and fitting are always the best quality work. This is a fine example of a gentleman’s knife, and not cheap trade goods.

 Scott is a long time CLA member and regular auction supporter. He appreciates the CLA and the opportunity it offers artists for camaraderie, marketing, and recognition. 

Scott Summerville’s contact information is:

Photography by David Wright

Text by Heinz Ahlers

Thursday, June 17, 2021

2021 CLA Live Auction: Ball Headed War Club by Lawrence Reed


Traditionally, works of art have often served to make powerful political statements. Moravian missionary John Heckewelder, who spent a lifetime among the Delaware of the Ohio country, described one such grim tradition among the western tribes. In rectifying an insult, revenging war parties would penetrate their enemy’s country, unleash an ambush, and then leave a war club at the scene of the attack. “This war club,” explained Heckewelder, “is purposely left that the enemy may know to what nation the act is to be ascribed,” and if measures were not taken to secure a peaceful resolution, “war will forthwith be declared.”


For this year’s CLF Fundraising Auction, Virginia artist Lawrence Reed created a beautiful ball headed war club that pays homage to the tribal craftsmen of the past. The overall design, he explains, is inspired by Shawnee examples of the eighteenth century. The artist started the project with a seasoned blank of solid ash, which was then shaped, carved, and finished entirely with hand tools. The club, measuring 22 inches in length, exhibits a richly aged patina, which Reed achieved with a batch of homemade black walnut stain and a fair amount of elbow grease.


Reed, a veteran artist who’s been collecting and crafting contemporary art of the longrifle culture for over a half century, has created an exceptional piece of art fit for the reenactor or collector. His efforts have resulted in a crudely effective weapon of war that nonetheless sports a fine finish and graceful lines.

For more information on the work of Lawrence Reed, contact the artist directly:

Photography by David Wright

Text by Joshua Shepherd

Pook & Pook, Inc Auction:Contemporary Scrimshaw Decorated Powder Horn, by Scott and Cathy Sibley


Finely decorated with a coat of arms and various New York scenes, inscribed Ezra Sibley 1761 on cap, 16 1/2" l.

Starting Price: $500.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

June 25, 2021 - Session 2 of Joyce Collis Auction

Copy and photography from here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Kentucky Rifle Foundation: Robert Blemker’s Collection Auction

 The Kentucky Rifle Foundation

Wishes to inform the collecting community of the upcoming auction of Robert Blemker’s collection of Kentucky Rifles on Friday June 25th,  2021.
The auction will be held at 7:30 PM

The Blemker collection includes 36 Kentucky style rifles, one military pistol and several lots of parts, including tools,  old  barrels, and  several old incomplete stocks. 
Auction items can be personally reviewed Friday the 25th in the adjacent lobby off the hotels main lobby from 2:00 PM until the auction starts. 

Auction items can also be viewed on the Foundation’s web page:
It is important to note all items have legitimate estimate ranges and were reviewed by a select committee to determine an accurate value range, however, all items are sold with an “As is, where is” understanding.  Actual condition is best served by a hands-on review or the advice of a friend who has personally inspected the item [s] selected. 

Terms:  Items won at the time of the auction are expected to be paid for and removed by the end of the day.  A 5% Buyer’s Premium will be added to the hammer price.  Cash or check payment is expected before item is taken out of the auction room.  The KRF is not accepting credit card payment or phone bidding at this auction.   

Auction Location:      
Double Tree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry
910 Sheraton Drive, 
Mars, Pennsylvania 16046   
Note:  The auction will be held in a separated room off the main lobby extension of the hotel.  The auction room and review area are open to the public. However,  only Kentucky Rifle Association members, in good standing, will be permitted entry to the KRA meeting room which is separate from the auction room.
Pictures and value estimates are available on the Foundation web page and the ALR site.

Please address questions to:

Match Coat by CJ Wilde

Photography by Jan Riser.