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Most collectors of firearms and other weaponry have heard the time honored admonitions from their mentors, “Buy a gun (or whatever), buy a book.” Some might even say, “Before you buy…buy a book." is good advice, for there's nothing like being informed before making what could be a major purchase, or the beginnings of a rst collection.
IN A WORLD WHERE COLLECTIBLE ARMS CAN REACH SIX FIGURES IN VALUE THERE ARE, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, AREAS OF COLLECTING THAT ARE STILL AFFORDABLE. THIS COLUMN WILL REGULARLY FEATURE AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION THAT ARE INEXPENSIVE, FUN, CHALLENGING AND HIGHLY REWARDING IN COLLECTOR SATISFACTION.
Polearms were the standard infantry weapon in the 14th, 15th and 16th Centuries. they were common during the Colonial period in the New World. Most effective against cavalry charges, they exist in a staggering variety of shapes and styles. Some of the basic patterns are the GLAIVE, the PARTISAN and the HALBERD. ey can be basic ghting weapons like those shown in Figures 1 and 4
Cartridges for the Civil War period .58 Caliber rifled muskets Were usually supplied to union troops in neat little packets of ten With percussion Caps included. usually these packets bore the stamped imprint of a minie ball along With the name of the arsenals Where they had been hand-formed by industrious Women or idle troops. It is very unusual to find one of the original stamps used to mark the Wrappers for those Cartridges. one such stamp from the fort monroe arsenal has survived. What is...
Collecting “Colt Firearms'' is not the only thing we rabid collectors do. there are great and wonderful collections of paper to include: antique photos, letters, ledgers, bills of sale, antique Colt stock certificates, posters, illustrations, broadsides, advertisements, - - - - - and the list goes on. Others collect accoutrements, leather, costumes, anything western that may complement Colt’s firearms, even to parts of the original Colt Paterson factory (bricks, etc.).
As part of a research eort leading to a book on the Colt Model 1860 Army revolver, the most significant Army revolver used in the Civil War, author Charles Pate contacted numerous museums and archives seeking information on arms in their collections. Mr. Pate was primarily interested in arms that could be identified to their Civil War users, especially those used by southern servicemen. He was very pleased to learn from Ms. Cindy Gardner, Museum Division director of collections for the...
In order to understand the importance of gunpowder testers, a few words about the development of gunpowder are in order. Depending on the source of information, the origins of gunpowder can be traced back to the seventh century when highly volatile substances known as “Greek re” were used in naval warfare. It is generally accepted, however, that the rst true gunpowder formulae were published in the thirteenth century, when the principal ingredients – saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal – were rst...
When, in the year 1848, twenty-ve year old James Henry Dance rst traveled from Alabama to check out opportunities in Brazoria County, Texas, the last thing he could have imagined was that his name would become a staple of Texas folklore a century and a half later.