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All Good Things… When we started this magazine in 2010, it was intended to fill the void left by the demise of Gun Report Magazine, a long standing icon that “died with a whimper”. It was our goal to produce readable articles that each offered new and original content and that shied away from articles about individual items that had inscriptions as their sole claim to merit-- items we felt that were of interest mostly to their owners.
Just so happens I have one of those Pierce bomb lance projectiles that were mentioned in the Eggers article in my collection. They are basically a hollow brass tube packed with black powder. They have a cast iron point that screws onto the tube and a set of folding fins. A percussion cap sets off the charge upon impact and kills or stuns the hapless whale. The Pierce was one of several such devices used by 19th century whalers.
Collectors and students of Confederate edged weapons, especially those of the Confederate States Navy, will recognize a unique cutlass that has been attributed to the CSS Florida. The background to this attribution can be found in an example from the Philip Medicus collection. In the book American Swords from the Philip Medicus Collection there is illustrated such a cutlass (Figure 1) with the following description:
Halfway across the globe in Hessen Kassel, Germany, on the brisk spring evening of May 20, 1834, Heinrich Eggers and his wife eagerly awaited the announcement from the midwife. With the jubilant exclamation of “It’s a boy!”, the couple's thoughts turned to the topic of naming the lad.
William Walker Marston was born in the United Kingdom to a gunsmithing family in 1822. He emigrated to the United States in 1830 and became a citizen in 1843. In 1844, he went to work with his father, Stanhope Marston. Together, they produced a line of single-shot percussion pistols and pepperboxes. They also manufactured a few rotating barrel, two-shot percussion pistols with ring triggers and bar hammers. It is not clear whether the elder Marston passed away or retired, but by 1850,...