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Over the last several issues of Arms Heritage Magazine we have addressed various aspects of collecting we consider to be of some importance to the beginning collector, and perhaps the more advanced collector as well. The resources so discussed have embraced books and other literature that we feel should be an important addition to the collector’s library, gun shows and dealerships as sources of collectible weapons, with more than a passing nod to auction houses and the internet and, perhaps...
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.
Most collectors have or have seen a specimen of the distinctive .450 Needham cartridge with its unusual shape and trademark waffle primer. Few of us, however, have ever seen the rifle for which it was designed. Here, thanks to Jim Buchanan of the UK are photographs of this rare weapon.
Bowie’s with a sheath that has a gold embossed insignia relating it to the “order of the garter”. There are but a handful of the “Crown Pommel” Bowie Knives known by a few makers. This Bowie could be the only one known by George Wolstenholme, with a crown pommel feature, likely dating it to circa 1845 or possibly earlier.
On September 25, 1901, Captain Frank P. Avery, 1 a retired U.S. Army officer serving as “Commandant of Cadets” at the Texas Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas, wrote to the Army Chief of Ordnance requesting some blank requisition forms and asked when the last return2 of ordnance had been made by the college.
Among the prizes that collectors of Revolutionary War arms and artifacts seek are those muskets branded or stamped with various forms of markings designating ownership by the United States Government. These are the pieces that have “been there and done that”.
When I think of Italian handguns, the first one that comes to mind is the 1934 Beretta in 380 caliber. This is the first Italian gun that Americans became aware of being the classic Italian handgun. These were brought back from WW2 by our fathers and grandfathers and were for sale after the war as new guns coming from a rebuilding post war Italy. Their European style made them look good in the hands of spies on TV and the movies. In the 1980s, much to our surprise the US Military took the...