Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2016 CLA Show: Photos

Dave Umbel Display

Jerry Eitnier Display

Bill Reynolds and Elizabeth Lee Gaul Display

Lord Nelson's Gallery Display
(in background)

 Photographed at the 2016 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2016 CLA Show: Photos

Kentucky Rifle Foundation Display

"Kentucky Rifles Made in Kentucky"
This Kentucky Rifle Foundation display has been made possible by the following individuals who have generously loaned their guns to the KRF for this show.

Harold Edwards
Jim Caudill
Charles Lawson
Jack Tinder

More photos of the Kentucky rifle chest can be seen here.
circa 1790-1829

The Kentucky map powder horn is by Bruce Horne and more photos can be seen here.

Pistol by Koppikus
Lexington, Kentucky

Benjamin Mills
Mason City, Stanford, Harrodsburg, Lexington

West Family
Georgetown, Kentucky

Danville, KY

Revolutionary War Pistols

American made Revolutionary War pistols are the rarest of all colonial arms collectables.  They can be distinguished from their more common French and British counterparts by careful examination.

Generally speaking, the workmanship of American makers is often not as refined as the work of foreign gunmakers.  American curley maple is identifiable and American carving and engraving is usually cruder than the work of foreign craftsmen.

The flintlock pistol owned by Samuel Callender was carried by him when he was a trooper riding with Daniel Morgan;s Raiders.

another view of above pistol

another view of above pistol

Note: At the Lake Cumberland Show Mel Handle always has a speaker on Saturday afternoon. One year the speaker was Harold Edwards who gave a presentation on Kentucky gunmakers. The presentation included slides of homes and homesite of those makers.

 Photographed at the 2916 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Stoffel Long, Lehigh Valley by Eric von Aschwege

There are a number of surviving original rifles signed by and attributed to Stoffel Long.  The majority of his rifles share a similar style to the earlier classic Lehigh rifles, but display a more "folky" appearance.  The wrist is wider than tall with a soft diamond shape, it has a two piece patchbox with similar "fleur de lis" finial, and a well pronounced roman nose shape to the buttstock.  Though not poorly built, they often show the appearance of haste in construction, with file and scraper marks throughout.

This rifle is a close copy of an original Stoffel Long.  Unlike most others by his hand, this has barrel keys and brass escutcheons.  The barrel is 44" long, .45 caliber, hand filed octagonal to round in profile.  The lock is a heavily modified late Ketland, with new frizzen spring.  Though devoid of carving, there are several decorative brass inlays, and a rich red varnish applied over the stock.  A light patina was applied to the hardware and stock to mellow the appearance and show a few years of use.  The gun weighs in at a mere 7lbs, and is a pleasure to carry.  It takes a steady arm to shoot with such a light barrel, but she still hit the gong at 150 yards offhand.

Copy and photos supplied by Eric von Aschwege.