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In the past this column has alluded to that moment when an arms collector hits upon the Holy Grail of his particular personal collection. For some it may be a specific gun, for others it could well be an item in the best condition imaginable for such an ancient artifact, and for yet others it might just be that he discovers something totally unique and previously unknown, hidden for decades if not centuries in some remote and forgotten spot.
Well, they are all Schively dirks. There are only a handful or two of these dirks known to exist. It is thought that these are some of the Philadelphia Cutlers’ earliest attempts at making knives other than surgical instruments. I have often heard more advanced collectors agreeing that they (the dirks) could be made circa 1820’s. All that are photographed here are marked, but I have seen dirks both large (long) and small that appear exact in every nuance, as these photos here, yet lacking...
The chronic problem facing the Colonies throughout the American Revolution was a shortage of ammunition. Each of the thirteen colonies competed for munitions, both for their own needs and to help supply the Continental Army. Attempts to amass and stockpile arms, powder and lead were stifled by the redcoats continually raiding and attempting to confiscate those caches. Indeed, it was one of those raids that touched off the War itself.
Edward Maynard was known for an outstanding line of firearms ranging from his First Model Cavalry Carbine in the 1850’s up through a number of target and hunting rifles offered well into the 1890’s. Maynard collectors also have a fascination with the unique cartridges and gadgets that were provided with those guns.
In Arkansas, as with most states that seceded from the Union, there were those of the population who wanted to remain neutral, others who did not care which side their leaders chose to follow and would support either alliance, and those who were not only against secession but would avoid participation in the Confederate military by any means and still others who were pro-union to the extent that they joined the Union Army after desertion from the Confederate Army
A dedicated inventor and persistent salesman, Edward Lindner designed breech loading firearms that saw use in the American Civil War, the Paraguayan War in South America and the Franco-Prussian War in Europe. Between 1855 and 1870 he patented a revolving rifle design, an automatic-opening chamber loader, a sealed breech chamber loader and several bolt action breech designs. The sealed breech chamber loader is the subject of our story here: it was used in the American and Paraguayan wars. The...