Friday, April 20, 2018
Here are the French trade gun mounts for the upcoming CLA project titled "A Warrior's Clutch". This project is a collaboration between Ian Pratt, Josh Wrightsman, David Rase, Ken Gahagan and Brad Emig. Josh Wrightsman hand forged the mounts and once they were stocked to the rifle they were handed over to Brad to take care of the engraving. The finished rifle will reflect what a warrior in the mid 18th Century could have carried, and will be auctioned off at this years Contemporary Longrifle Association annual show in Lexington, Kentucky, August 17-18, 2018.
Friday, April 6, 2018
This unique 18th Century style knife is entirely hand forged from vintage American steel of the finest quality. The historically shaped blade has been fashioned with a false edge on the forward section of the spine, while the rear section of the lower blade terminates in a stylized volute. The spine of the blade has been hand engraved in the 18th Century fashion with a running vine motif. Likewise, both sides of the blade are also entirely hand engraved in a manner that also accentuates the stylized volute. The blade also exhibits a very unique sterling silver cartouche. The iron bolster has also been hand formed to an octagonal shape, which directly correlates with the handle configuration. The bolster also contains a hand engraved molding at both ends of the octagon. The octagonal handle is also another unique feature on this knife. It has been fashioned from an original 18th Century handle, and retains all of its original untouched surfaces. This feature gives this knife a very unique charm and character that otherwise would not have been possible. The blade and bolster have been carefully aged to match the integrity of the original handle. The blade is 5 ¾” long by 1 1/8” tall at the bolster, with an overall length of 10 1/8”.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Wrought iron was a widely used material in the 18th Century, and for good reason. Wrought iron is tough, malleable, ductile, corrosion-resistant and easily welded. Although iron doesn't contain enough carbon to be hardenable by heating and quenching, it most definitely can be hardened by using a special process that introduces carbon into the iron. These flint strikers were made using original 18th Century iron and heat treated using the traditional technology of the period to ensure a good spark. The designs were copied from originals in Brad's personal collection.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Rifles made in the 18th Century in the Southern Colonies as a whole, display traits and characteristics that vary widely. The evolution of the southern longrifle in Colonial American was much more erratic than that of it’s Pennsylvania counterpart. Many of these southern rifles also exhibit the efforts of a gunsmith trying to blend the heritage of the Germanic style of gunsmithing with that of the English. The resulting overall appearance is a direct reflection of the sophistication of this cultural blending. It is know that some if not many of these southern gunsmiths, traveled through Lancaster and York during their journey to their final destination in Virginia. Some may have received their training here in Pennsylvania. Others were at least exposed to the regional characteristics that were in vogue during the period. Subsequently, some of these Virginia rifles display the influence of those Pennsylvania characteristics.
Friday, February 23, 2018
In the 18th and early 19th centuries there existed a group of Gunsmiths working in the “Blue Mountain” region of eastern Pennsylvania. These men were mostly trained in the Germanic style of gun making; and the work that they produced is a direct reflection of the cultural environment in which they lived. The immigrant German people of this region had little desire to purchase highly decorated rifles and fowlers. These were plain people with simple needs. Their requirements were simply a high quality lock and barrel; for dependable service on the Pennsylvania frontier; and the fine lines and sturdy construction on Pennsylvania German long rifle architecture. Many guns were made without butt plates, side plates, and a ramrod entry pipe. The absence of these parts did not affect the functional capabilities of the gun. The hand of the master is evident in the surviving examples as a silent tribute to the skill and craftsmanship of the men who made them. They remain as examples of beauty in simplicity.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
This is an original, 18th Century brass snuff box that has been paired with a hand made weeping heart flint striker made by Shane. Inspired by original works of the period, the weeping heart striker is made from high carbon steel and lightly adorned with an engraved border. The box was in nice usable condition and made for a great striker case.