19th Century Black-Powder Flasks: Weapons & Militaria Collection Must-Haves
While adding a new collection of black-powder flasks to my Web site, I reacquainted myself with flask terminology through several reference books and became fascinated again with the world of the black-powder flask. Powder flasks were originally created to carry the black powder needed for use in the first true hand firearms developed in the […]
Kentucky Rifles: How to Gauge the Quintessential American Firearm
Surprisingly, one of America’s earliest triumphs in artistic and functional design, the “Kentucky rifle,” was not invented or generally fashioned in Kentucky. The name, instead, was coined from a hearty stock of Americans who plied it. Native Americans called Kentucky the “Dark and Bloody Ground” because of the unending wars between Iroquois and Cherokees for […]
A FORTUNE FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE
“KITCHEN TABLE” ANTIQUE PISTOLS SET RECORDS AT ROCK ISLAND AUCTION
Three world records result from sale of a collection by man trying to buy a car for his elderly mother.
The Quintessential Union Firearm
Over the last twenty years I keep getting one question asked over and over again. What was THE CIVIL WAR FIREARM? In a war right at the cusp of the industrial revolution that is a more difficult question then it may seem. With the use of every arm ever made in American Arsenals and Imports from almost every country in Europe, the total of Arms used in our Civil War is over 600 distinct types!
Cartridge Boxes Explode on to the Market
Shotgun cartridges became popular in the 1860s with the invention of the repeating rifle and carbine. Antique firearms aficionados and collectors these days are often looking to add these rare shotgun cartridge boxes to their collections. Cartridge boxes come in a variety of materials. The earliest cartridge boxes were usually made of tin. In the […]