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The occasional column – People Who Made (or Make) a Difference - in this closing section of AHM is becoming something of a frequent, albeit irregular feature. We have previously put the spotlight on Norm Flayderman, who after many years as a collector and dealer in antique firearms and who has published nine editions of his famous Guide To Antique American Firearms continues to be a friend and counselor to collectors everywhere, and also on Lewis Winant, one of the early authors of several...
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.
Bordered by South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado, Chadron, Nebraska (hometown of the Museum of the Fur Trade) is in the middle of nowhere, the smack dab center of Indian land (in the 1800’s). It was the perfect place for a fur and trading post. The Museum houses some of the rarest fur trade-related collectibles and accouterments as well as guns. I have included several photos of the museum's exhibits here so as to share with those that have not and likely will not make the trip.
Barrel markings are informative in dating/locating a guns' manufacture. However, when they are in a foreign language, English-speaking dealers/collectors often miss the message. As a moderate linguist and gun collector, I hate to find yet another English Language gun catalog or auction description that lists a European gun made by ‘herraduras’ or ‘gus stahl’, in places like ‘Tortiglione’, or ‘Rubans’ (see Exh.1 for examples). Hopefully this article will contribute to better future...
The firm of North and Savage is well known for its percussion revolvers from the Civil War era. Lesser known are the few revolving rifles and carbines produced during those years. Many firms and gunsmiths had designed and produced revolving long arms-- they seemed a natural extension of the success of revolving handguns. Colt was clearly the most successful in this venue but even they met with limited success. Perhaps the fear of multiple discharges was a factor. At any rate, revolving...