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Pocket Pistol

Offered is a late 18th Century brass cannon barreled pistol. Several collectors and colleagues have surmised that it is likely an 'apprentice' gun since we can find no discernible markings. It is likely English or Irish in origin. The hand-checkering on the grip is in excellent condition as is the entire piece. It mics at .50 cal. smoothbore and has a frizzen-lock sliding safety. I daresay that it is at least museum-quality. Let me know if there are any specific photos you would like to see. Asking $1150 including shipping to lower 48. Thank you so much for looking.

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$1,150.00

9/17/2014
Relief Carved Longrifle by John Bonewitz - signed "IB"

Here's a magnificent, relief carved longrifle by John Bonewitz. Fabulous "Womelsdorftown" patchbox, beautifully engraved silver star cheekpiece inlay, engraved silver thumbpiece, barrel signed "IB" with rampant lion at breech, gorgeous engraved toeplate, early, beveled sideplate. Also relief carved around and behind tang; forestock moulding, too. Re-converted with a "Ditchburn" lock. Some small wood replaced around the lock, one long sliver missing on backside of forestock, old-time repair at muzzle cap. Barrel has been re-browned while in the gun and possibly some touch-up on the original stock finish. Overall length is nearly 58" and barrel is 43" long. Big smoothbore. Original ramrod with a worm. It has always been my opinion that this gun was carved by Peter Berry, jr. in collaboration with John Bonewitz. See Kindig's book for VERY similar carving on a Peter Berry rifle. However, other knowledgeable collectors who own similar and better Reading rifles have suggested that Berry stocked and built this gun circa 1800 using slightly earlier Bonewitz hardware. Either way, this is a wonderful gun. Note the horns on the sideplate (a Berry or Fichthorn feature) and the positioning of the patchbox (a Berry feature).

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$18,000.00

9/15/2014
Original Mud Bowl

This is an original Mud Bowl out of a private collection. Found in 1950. These are very rare in one piece. Nice designs on the side. 6x3.5"

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$400.00

9/7/2014
Civil War Flask

Offered is a Frary, Benham & Co. flask from 1840-60 in excellent and usable condition. There are no seam splits and hanging rings are intact. It is missing the spout lever spring, but this is easily replaced. This flask from a well respected maker is as nice as you will find anywhere. Forced to sell due to loss of job and I must raise funds. It is offered for $275.00 OBO including shipping to the lower 48.

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$275.00

8/25/2014
Big old shotgun

If you like big guns and heavy loads this is your gun. 10ga. 10.5lbs. Very good condition. 31in barrels,ribs and thimbles tight. .050 walls at muzzle, smooth shiney bores. Stock solid checkering good, small chip at bottom of RH lock. 13.5 to rear trigger, 14.5 to front. Locks very good notches line up, will pull through half cock with heavy pressure. plate around barrel wedge dinged up but tight. Only marking is real twist on rib and beigian proofs Reason for selling, its cast for righty and I'm lefty. More picture on request, any ? call or email.

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$1,400.00

8/23/2014
New England Fowler

New England Fowler: 48 inch barrel, replaced cock on the lock. The forestock needs some repair. Otherwise the wood is in good condition. Contact Don Newsom at 218-246-9457

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$2,200.00

8/15/2014
Kentucky Pistol Collection

Here are six beautiful Kentucky pistols. Priced individually they total $17,000. You can buy the collection for $12,000. Four original flintlocks and two always percussion, two brass barrels, none signed, one marked "New York" on the lock plate. The bottom pistol had a break through the wrist that has been restored.

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$12,000.00

8/3/2014
English export fowler circa 1795-1805

Original English export Fowler with London proof marks. Ketland flintlock appears to be original to the gun. Early wooden rr and jag. Partial replacement of forearm $1295.00 Can deliver to the Aug 15/16 CLA show or shipped at buyers expense See this link for more photo's: http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=31696.0

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$1,295.00

7/28/2014
Dauphin County Flintlock Signed "Shell"

Anyone looking for a fixer-upper worth fixing?This rifle is presentable as is, but it would be a great project to finish. It is an attractive Dauphin County long gun with a fancy engraved patchbox design similar to Peter Berry's well-known box. I believe this rifle was built by Martin Shell, but it could have been one the younger Shells early in his career. It could have been built by Berry himself, especially if this is a re-used barrel. It is nicely signed in script, but the first initial or name is gone. It was re-converted using a Chambers lock, the sideplate is replaced, the ramrod is replaced, and there's a small repair at the toe (wood and brass). The forestock is broken and missing in front of the rear ramrod thimble and there are two forward ramrod thimbles added. The rear ramrod thimble may have had a period repair and the upper barrel channel has some missing wood. Sights are missing, but dovetails are in good shape (including an extra one at the rear position!). Big, rifled bore and the barrel is 40" long. A couple of silver inlays, some incise carving at the wrist, buttstock and forestock mouldings. Lowered price 9-15-14.

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$2,000.00

5/6/2014
Authentic Trade Beads - Black Peacock Faceted Bugels

AKA The Mourning Bead. Circa 1800. 1 Pound hank.

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$200.00

3/11/2014
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