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Over the past couple of editions of AHM we have, in this column, discussed the necessity for the new collector to build a quality library of rearms and related literature, and to develop a strong relationship with a mentor and other advanced collectors as a basis for developing his or her basis of knowledge in the eld of interest. We have also addressed gun shows which, until recent years, were a primary source of collectible arms until internet sales and auctions started their domination of...
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
From the beginning of time man has been in contact with his neighbor which invariably leads to wars, battles and skirmishes with barbaric violence. As a result man has always looked for the fastest, most recent, least expensive and safest way to defeat his adversary.
Having never seen a Metcalfe cartridge block except in pictures, the sight of one in a dealer’s case was a pleasant surprise. the block was displayed alongside a leather box that, upon opening, contained two more such blocks. It immediately perked up my interest. Based on his asking price, the dealer obviously knew of the rarity of this set. Never before having seen them offered, I had no idea of market value.
depicts three Bowies by William Butcher (top knife) and William & Samuel Butcher (middle and bottom knife) as printed in the August 2012 edition of Arms Heritage. In the following gurus you can note the markings and styles and likely time of manufacture. In guru one above, note that the top knife is the oldest (Sporting King William IV’s mark “W crown R”, 1830-1837), with middle knife most likely being next oldest (ca 1840) and bottom knife being mid to late 1840’s to very early 1850’s.
More on the Hammond Last issue we thought we had covered the Hammond story reasonably comprehensively. Now Ed Hull has provided additional information, including contemporary news coverage and the results of Government Breechloading Trials of 1865 that we feel important to the Hammond story and we now provide this supplementary information. (Thanks, Ed.)
Every collector has a story about a dream realized or a prize snatched up during his collecting career. Mine involves the Model 1842 Aston pistols. My mother joined the NRA in 1933 and was a life member from 1935. Fortunately, she saved her copies of the American Riemann. As I became interested in collecting in the early 1950’s, I unpacked her archives of Riemann magazines and looked through each copy – nearly 20 years worth. In the January 1942 issue I found an amazing story (at least to a...
The year 1833 marked the introduction of the percussion ignition system into the U.S. military establishment, with the approval of the Model 1833 Hall carbine built by Simeon North in his Middleton, Connecticut factory where inlock pistols of the Models 1813 through 1826 had earlier been produced. Four years later, the first percussion pistol contract was signed by the U.S. military. It was for a curious combination knife – or cutlass – pistol invented by George Elgin in the mid 1830’s. A few...
James H. Merrill’s breech loading carbine design of 1855, patented in 1856, is today known by collectors as the “Merrill, Latrobe & omas.” The name comes from the Baltimore, MD company which sold them, which consisted of Merrill, Ferdinand C. Latrobe and Philip E. omas. Merrill was the driving force behind the company, producing his design in several versions in his attempts to get the U.S. Ordnance Department to adopt it for the army. is rm lasted only three years, as long as it took for...