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Original Period Iron Tinder Box

Rare find. A heavy iron hand hammered tinder box. The box measures approx. 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches and is .5 inches thick. The kit includes an excellent forged steel striker (maker unknown) as well as a flint chard, charred linen piece, and tinder fungus. The box has no seams and appears as I found it. Shipping is $10 additional for the cont. US only please. Thank you for looking. Pay pal or postal money order for payment.

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Shenandoah Valley Flintlock Militia rifle

Here is an unusual rifle of southern origin probably made and used for militia service in the early 19th century. It has a plane Davidson style patchbox with a section of the hinge as the lid release in the Lauck family tradition. Simon Lauck made rifles for the Virginia militia but none are known. The sideplate is similar to those on rifles made in Strasburg Virginia. The .50 cal rifled barrel is 45 inches and is signed D H in script. This rifle will be on display at the 31st Annual Voirginia-Kentucky rifle show at Front Royal, VA on Oct 28 & 29. Visit my website at for more info.

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Hamphire County, WV

Here is a beautiful Hampshire County longrfile probably by Jacob Sheets. It has a beautifully pierced and engraved 4-petal flower patchbox with a capbox under the cheekpiece. Beautiful curly maple with silver inlays and no repairs or restoration. Please visit my website at and be sure to attend the 31st annual Virginia-Kentucky Rifle show in Front Royal, Virginia October 28 & 29. Click on events for more info. SALE PENDING

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Signed T Winn Greene County, IL ca 1830 or Indiana

Thomas Winn is identified as the son of gunsmith William Winn and brother of William Winn jr also a gunsmith. William Sr was born in Virginia, moved to Kentucky, then to Illinois. According to Curt Johnson Thomas Winn was in Rising Sun, Indiana in 1826; he believes he remained there. The rifle is plain and in need of some restoration. For more information on this rifle and others check out my website at I have reduced prices on most items.

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Original Bag Hawks

Original forged Hawks. 200- each

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Original grease melting pot.

Original Grease melting pot, for traps, patch lubricant and such.

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Antique Trade Beads

I'm helping a friend dispose of a significant collection of antique trade beads. Offered here is a high-grade composite strand of 15 Lewis & Clark's, 6 1/2 Ambassadors, 2 clear Ambassadors, 4 ghosts, 2 flower, 2 multi-colored eye, 2 large blue/white spiral striped, all with wood bead spacers. There is a reproduction turtle medal added as a drop. Asking $925.00 including shipping to the lower 48. Many other strands and singles available ... email me if you are looking for something special or would like more information.

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18th Century Wrought Iron Rushlight Candle Holder

This is a superb example of a mid to Late 18th/Early 19th Century Iron Rushlight (Circa 1770-1820). This is one of the finest and best examples of a table top rushlight we have seen. Rushlights served the essential purpose in Colonial America to hold a grease soaked piece of rush for lighting. This example not only holds rush, but the counter weight arm is outfitted with a finely made candle cup for additional lighting. The main vertical shaft is graceful and well-proportioned to the base. It is forged with a step molding where it transitions into the lower area of the jaws, which hold the rush. The jaws are as finely made as you could hope for, with this particular example having a Box Jaw design which is the most formal, sophisticated and precisely made style of the period, as well as being extremely rare on this type of forged iron light. The form and craftsmanship of the candle cup with its beaded top edge and perfectly formed drip cup are top quality. The tripod base, which is riveted to the main vertical shaft, has nicely tapered legs that transition into the formal penny feet. As a documentary piece of Colonial American Lighting, we find this to be an exciting and superior example. It survives in untouched, original condition. It exhibits great surfaces with wonderful patina, while also showcasing the best form and highest level of workmanship for the period. The light stands approximately 10 1/16" tall.

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Fullstock Kentucky Rifle

Beautiful curly maple, nice patchbox, 39.5" barrel.

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Southern Mountain Rifle - Stamped "S. Stout"

41 1/2" barrel, but otherwise fairly plain. Some cracks, small wood missing from upper barrel channel. Lockplate marked with an "H" and an arrow through it. Missing ramrod, buttplate loose, broken trigger. Looks like it was stocked in North Carolina, although S. Stout worked in Virginia.

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