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    INDIAN TRADE GUN, HUDSON BAY
    INDIAN TRADE GUN, HUDSON BAY

    INDIAN TRADE GUN, HUDSON BAY

    Here is a good and completely untouched (since an old previous cleaning) Indian trade gun that came to us over the summer with a few other artifacts. This gun came out of The Winnipeg, Canada Area, home to Fort Garry, a trading hub for the Hudson Bay Company. Established in 1822, Fort Garry played a major role in not only the Fur Trade, but was central to the administration of the HBC and the surrounding settlements. I want to be perfectly clear as to what this gun looks like. It is ugly to the layman, but might appear to be a diamond in the rough to a wise collector. Although this gun is complete and with no alterations, it shows a very old cleaning that was then varnished to preserve both metal and wood surfaces. It looks like it had some splashes of crust on it that were cleaned down. Some of the markings are virtually perfect including a Hudson Bay stamp with the running fox. However the metal parts are now heavily stained and there is still some pitting scattered across the barrel. Some areas are bright and some blackish, giving the gun a blotchy look that's not very appealing, but there's a future here. The steel parts need to be stripped of the old varnish and browned to even out the finish which would then make the gun quite presentable. The wood is in very nice condition with only a single repair towards the muzzle end. It too, has the same thick varnish covering its surface which needs to be removed and has scattered discoloration. It's in original flintlock and the gun just needs a little TLC. This is a relatively rare gun and one that has never been messed with other than this old cleaning and varnishing which was obviously applied to help preserve it. It's sort of like the girl you didn't want to date in high school and then saw at your 10 year reunion that blew the cheerleaders away. If you're still single, this one (like the girl), would be a good one to chase. It's a project, but the results of a good effort could be rewarding. This gun was most likely carried by one of the Indians of the area, possibly Assiniboine or "Stone Sioux", who were originally part of the Great Sioux Nation. The Assiniboine were close allies and trading partners of the Cree, engaging in wars together against the Atsina (Gros Ventre). Together they later fought the Blackfoot. A Great Plains people, they generally went no further north than the North Saskatchewan River. They purchased a great deal of European trade goods from the Hudson's Bay Company through Cree middlemen, this gun probably included. This is a nice find and very moderately priced.

    PRICE - $ 4,250.00


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    KENTUCKY RIFLE - SHEETZ
    KENTUCKY RIFLE - SHEETZ

    KENTUCKY RIFLE - SHEETZ

    This is a really nice little Kentucky Rifle from a famous family of makers. It appears to be in the style of the Sheetz family members who were a prominent rifle-making family from Virginia for several generations. This is one of the later guns and somewhat diminutive in size. It is just under 54" long with a 39 1/2" barrel of 32 caliber. It only has a 12" pull from the inside curve of the butt-plate, so I feel like this may have been a young boys first rifle. It has very nice curly maple showing an 8" sliver repair on the left side near the muzzle mixed with a little wood putty and a 6 inch sliver repair on the right side, forward of the lock. I can find no breaks or cracks anywhere else in the wood. It appears to have never been cut and with a little bit of tidying up, will be a very presentable and historic old Virginia Kentucky for up over someone's fireplace.

    PRICE - $ 3,750.00


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    KENTUCKY RIFLE BY JOHN PARKS.
    KENTUCKY RIFLE BY JOHN PARKS.

    KENTUCKY RIFLE BY JOHN PARKS.

    Kentucky Long Rifles like this are seldom seen for sale anymore. This fine gun is untouched, right out-of-the-woods and it's enormous. It sports an octagon to round barrel measuring a full 52" of 56 caliber rifled bore and is a whopping 67" over-all. This is exactly how one would hope to find a Kentucky rifle, showing no evidence that it ever did anything after its period of use other than hang above someone's fireplace or sit in an attic waiting for someone to come love it. The metal parts are attached to an impressive piece of curly maple which shows some tasteful carving of c-scroll patterns behind the cheek-piece. Checkerboarding at the intersection of the scrolls shows little wear and there's a nice little half-moon inlay on the cheek. The side-plates show nice form as does the patch-box which shows sparse engraving. The gun has been converted to cap & ball and this gun would look awesome if converted to flintlock. There is a wonderful wire repair to the wrist that I would definitely leave alone as it does nothing but add character and story-telling to the gun. This is a beauty with great potential.

    PRICE - $4,350.00


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    REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTRIDGE BOX
    REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTRIDGE BOX

    REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTRIDGE BOX

    This is an extremely rare, Revolutionary War Period Cartridge Box with original Strap. These were a fairly standard issue accouterment that was basically an altered design of a game bag used by riflemen and hunters during the colonial period. As Colonial Militias and Minuteman Units were formed using any weaponry they had on hand. Hunting bags were converted to have several cartridges at-the-ready. This was done by taking a game-bag or hunting pouch and placing a wooden cartridge carrier into the bag that contained as many as 12 - 24 pre-wrapped paper cartridges. These bags were of relatively thin leather and their bag shape resulted in an extra area at the bottom which formed a pouch This void was used to store tools and extra flints. As their home-made production evolved into the Revolutionary War period, these morphed into a tighter fitting box that you see here, but still retained the equipment pouch underneath the wooden holder. This one is in very fine condition and 100% original, though a little fragile. If you have a Brown Bess or other Rev-War Period musket, Fowler or Rifle and have a horn, hawk or other accessories, this could be a fine compliment to a complete set carried by Federal Troops as well as Militia and Minutemen of the period. After the War and in the 1790's, these were replaced by leather boxes that were much heavier in construction and included a front or back pouch with a flap for storing flints and tools. They also had a set of straps on the back in addition to a strap and most often referred to as belly-boxes. This is a great find and I can tell you that these are about unobtainable today.

    PRICE - $ 3,500.00


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    KENTUCKY RIFLE BY YOUNG, LEHIGH COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA

    This is a fine Kentucky Rifle that looks like it may be from the Lehigh County area of Pennsylvania and possibly made by a member of the Young family of makers. This is a no-excuses Kentucky Rifle that has never been messed with or cleaned and is all original save for a conversion to cap & ball.

    PRICE - $4,475.00


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    FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE
    FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE


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    FLINTLOCK MUSKET OR "FUSIL", JOHN HILLS
    FLINTLOCK MUSKET OR "FUSIL", JOHN HILLS

    FLINTLOCK MUSKET OR "FUSIL", JOHN HILLS

    This is a great little musket by one of the "Hills Brothers". No, not the guys who made coffee, but the premier family of gunmakers in Connecticut during the 18th century. John and Medad Hills were sons of Benoni Hills, and all 3 are now very well known for producing some of the finest muskets both before and during the Revolutionary War. All 3 served as officers in Militia units during that time. Many of their products are signed and dated and a slight few are adorned with patriotic motifs such as "LIBERTY OR DEATH". Such examples are extremely rare, of the most desirable arms of that period and quite valuable even in poor condition. This example is an outstanding little gun that shows earmarks of a John Hills gun in terms of its architecture, style of carving to the barrel tang and engraving on its brass mounts. It is in extremely fine condition and a conversion back to flintlock by a good smith will resurrect this fine gun to its proper status.

    PRICE - $ 4,850.00


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    KENTUCKY RIFLE BY JACOB ROOP
    KENTUCKY RIFLE BY JACOB ROOP

    KENTUCKY RIFLE BY JACOB ROOP

    Kentucky Rifles of this quality and size seem to be getting a lot of attention in the past few years. All I can say is, "IT'S ABOUT TIME"! Now, this gun isn't by one of the Masters of "The Golden Age of Kentucky Rifles", however it could certainly be called the masterpiece of this particular maker, and much of the workmanship could remind one of the work of Martin or John Shell. This gun is signed in small delicate script "J. ROOP" on the barrel. I have seen only a few guns marked with this name, usually much smaller in stature. I'm sure many of the collectors out there have rifles marked J. Roop as well. However I don't think they've seen one quite like this, and I think that's because Roop built Kentucky Rifles for many years and as with most makers that contiued their trade for many years, Kentuckies seemed to down-size throughout their evolution in North America. (Still listed as a maker in the 1840's in Weaton, Indiana). He also had two sons, Jacob and John that may have been involved in the riflemaking trade. Jacob Sr. was born in Lancaster County, Pa. in 1779 and certainly completed his apprentice work by the turn of the century, if not in the late 1790's, in time to be classified as a "Golden Age Maker". He originally operated North of York, Pa. and is listed in the tax lists of 1805 in Dauphin County, Pa. This Flintlock Kentucky Rifle is a monster, measuring a full 68 & 1/2" overall with a 53"+ round, smoothbore barrel of .60 caliber. When found, this gun showed heavy weathering to the wood to a light straw to its high-points which have since been colored to match the finish that was still present forward of the lock-plate. Other than that, it is all original including the lock which is in its original flintlock configuration with no repair or conversion. It shows incised carving to each side of the fore-end and behind the rear ramrod pipe, C-scroll relief carving behind the barrel-tang, raised carving to the rear of each side of the wrist. Beaver tails at the back end of each side of the lock and in front of the comb, raised vine and scroll carving to the cheekpiece to include a delicate flower. It also has eight barrel keys of silver or German Silver, a silver thub-piece, engraved silver star inlay to the cheekpiece and a stylized Bowie-Knife in brass at the top edge of the cheek. A great gun for a nice collection of Kentucky Rifles or maybe a one-gun collection over the fireplace.

    PRICE - PRICE - $25,000


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    PIPE TOMAHAWK, ORIGINAL ANTIQUE HAWK
    PIPE TOMAHAWK, ORIGINAL ANTIQUE HAWK

    PIPE TOMAHAWK, ORIGINAL ANTIQUE HAWK

    The pictures on this fine hawk tell its story. All original with decorative pewter wrapped bowl. It came to us from the Jim Dressler Collection. Jim wrote and/or contributed to several books on early American Artifacts including Pipe Tomahawks, Carved P{owder Horns, Kentucky Rifles, Trade Silver, etc.

    PRICE - $ 8,500.00


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    ANTIQUE KENTUCKY RIFLE, POSSIBLY FROM HUNTINGTON COUNTY, PA.
    ANTIQUE KENTUCKY RIFLE, POSSIBLY FROM HUNTINGTON COUNTY, PA.

    ANTIQUE KENTUCKY RIFLE, POSSIBLY FROM HUNTINGTON COUNTY, PA.

    This is a very nice condition Kentucky Long Rifle with rare, brass James Golcher marked lock. It is 57 1/2" overall with a 42 3/8" unmarked barrel in 45 caliber. It has a nice patchbox and has never been touched, no cleaning or repairs. A great little gun for a collector of that area or for just hanging over the fireplace.

    PRICE - SALE PENDING!!


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    ANTIQUE KENTUCKY PISTOL / UNDERHAMMER PISTOL
    ANTIQUE KENTUCKY PISTOL / UNDERHAMMER PISTOL

    ANTIQUE KENTUCKY PISTOL / UNDERHAMMER PISTOL

    This is a very unusual gun obviously copied from a mass-produced pattern of side-arm. It is well made with a curly maple stock, silver mounts and a fully octagon signed barrel in the style of a rifle-maker. On top of it all, it has a presentation on top of the barrel. A great little gun.

    PRICE - $ 1,975.00


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    ANTIQUE CARVED POWDER HORN, CARVED AMERICAN POWDER HORN
    ANTIQUE CARVED POWDER HORN, CARVED AMERICAN POWDER HORN

    ANTIQUE CARVED POWDER HORN, CARVED AMERICAN POWDER HORN

    This is another nice horn, and probably by the same maker as our our "William Franklin" horn elsewhere on our pages. Hunter with musket, animals and designs with a huge corn-stalk from top to bottom.

    PRICE - $3,500.00



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    ANTIQUE GUN, PRE-REVOLUTIONARY WAR CLUB-BUTT FOWLER.
    ANTIQUE GUN, PRE-REVOLUTIONARY WAR CLUB-BUTT FOWLER.

    ANTIQUE GUN, PRE-REVOLUTIONARY WAR CLUB-BUTT FOWLER.

    This is a totally untouched gun right out-of-the-woods that is probably a New England product, 1740 - 1770. The stock is made of Cherry and it retains all of its original red piano varnish. It does have some pretty good chipping on the upper edge...

    PRICE - SOLD!!


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    KENTUCKY LONG RIFLE BY J. H. JOHNSTON OF WAYNESBORO, PA.
    KENTUCKY LONG RIFLE BY J. H. JOHNSTON OF WAYNESBORO, PA.

    KENTUCKY LONG RIFLE BY J. H. JOHNSTON OF WAYNESBORO, PA.

    I promise to buy a new camera next week and the main reason is my photos don't do justice to guns such as this. This is a simply outstanding Pennsylvania Long Rifle. It is in 44 caliber with a heavy 40&1/4" barrel. I can't describe what wonderful...

    PRICE - SOLD!!!


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    KENTUCKY LONG RIFLES FOR SALE
    KENTUCKY LONG RIFLES FOR SALE

    KENTUCKY LONG RIFLES FOR SALE

    You may never see such a set of guns the remainder of your lifetime. Both guns came from a farmhouse near Allentown, Pa. in the 1970's and have been in a collection ever since. Both appear to be products of the Moll family of gunsmiths, and they...

    PRICE - SOLD!!!


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    "GOLDEN AGE" KENTUCKY RIFLE, FLINTLOCK.
    "GOLDEN AGE" KENTUCKY RIFLE, FLINTLOCK.

    "GOLDEN AGE" KENTUCKY RIFLE, FLINTLOCK.

    This is nothing short of a classic, special feature "Golden Age" Kentucky Rifle in original flint. It has a beautiful engraved and formed patch-box, silver mounts and silver key escutcheons. The cheek-piece is beautifully engraved with incised...

    PRICE - SOLD!!!


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    FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE FROM WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.
    FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE FROM WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.

    FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE FROM WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.

    Untouched, in-the-black and right out of the woods to your computer screen. About .40 caliber. In original percussion, tiger-striped maple and IT IS NICE!!!

    PRICE - SOLD!!!


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    19TH CENTURY RIFLEMANS HAWK.
    19TH CENTURY RIFLEMANS HAWK.

    19TH CENTURY RIFLEMANS HAWK.

    I can't tell you how rare this item is to find. I just hope a buyer is not. We all know about and love a fine Pipe Tomahawk when it comes to the market. This is just a plain hawk, but from the form of the blade and haft, it presents itself as mid...

    PRICE - SOLD!!!!


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    NEW ENGLAND FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE MARKED "A. PRATT" ON BARREL.
    NEW ENGLAND FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE MARKED "A. PRATT" ON BARREL.

    NEW ENGLAND FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE MARKED "A. PRATT" ON BARREL.

    This is a stunningly beautifull full-stock AND EXTREMLY WELL-MADE RIFLE. It is made in beautifull cherrywood and 58" o/a. The barrel is 42 3/4" and the lock marked "Ketland" appears to be in original flint but I cannot guarantee it. It has a...

    PRICE - SOLD!!!!


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    FEDERAL PERIOD MILITIA BELLY BOX.
    FEDERAL PERIOD MILITIA BELLY BOX.

    FEDERAL PERIOD MILITIA BELLY BOX.

    A simply outstanding, beautifull infantry rig from found in New Hampshire. It is beautifully tooled and still has its pick and pan brush. c. 1815 - 1840. Perfect for a museum display.

    PRICE - SOLD

 

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