Shown below are a few
items from different collections that have sold in the last few
years. Where were we when such neat things were available?
What's the old saying "day late, dollar short".
I was very
lucky to have a father that was into this type of collecting. My
friends had "Roy Roger's" cap guns, I wanted
one so bad I could taste the chrome plating. Dad said, "It
will be a damn cold day before I buy junk like that",
then produced a non-matching numbered 1849 Colt pocket pistol
with three boxes of caps. He had filled the nipples with solder
so I wouldn't be able to really fire the gun. Now is that cool,
not really to a six year old, those damn Roy Roger's guns
could shoot for ever with those rolls of caps. I would get off a
half dozen shots then have to run and hide to get
reloaded. !@#$%^)(*& true
grandfather, my father and yours truly) have been collecting for
over 100 years combined time in our family. Purchasing many
of our items from the most reputable sources including London,
New York and New England Auction houses as well as leading
dealers such as Flayderman, Summers, Bannerman & Sons
and Ables. The majority of purchases were made in the 1920's -
1970's when good things were still available on a regular basis.
I have sold over 1000 items (400 of them being antique arms) now in the cleanup stages of selling the remainder of these
old collections. "Once the interest in collecting
is gone so is the collection", a very true statement
that my father would say in his later years. It took me about 50
years to really understand what he was saying.
After we (my
wife and myself) deciding to sell most of the items not really interested in I
put together a web site to show some of these things with the
wife's suggestions. She was tired of me coming home every evening
(day in and day out) having to clean guns, wipe down swords,
check the safes for moisture or pay another insurance statement
on the coverage of these items.
To see the
website built of this endless collection (to us it really was
more than we where able to handle after my father passed
We can talk
about "accouterments" and related wares in a later