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September 2008 Newsletter
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Email: Abby@cornellpubs.com (please don't "return" this newsletter to the unmonitored mailbox)
In This Issue:
Calls from the Wilds:
*I have really terrific news to share with you. Would you believe I earned over 15 billion dollars more than General Motors during the second quarter! It's true, I did, that's $15,000,000,000! (Of course GM's second quarter loss of $15 Billion helped my figures a bit).
*The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI- since childhood, was always a favorite of mine. The main attractions to me were the fabulous collections of everything imaginable from washing machines, irons, farm tractors, cars, steam engines, carriages, aircraft and furniture to one of the finest collections of guns in the country. Everything imaginable was, in the old days, laid out in chronological order so you could see how each product developed. In recent years not only did the guns disappear but the powers that be gave in to the current fad of making the museum "kid friendly". The result of this passion was the dilution of most of the collections into murky dioramas with hidden voices intoning "history". Last week, however, I was pleased to see a small portion of the gun collection has reappeared and is certainly worth a visit if you are nearby.
A pleasant surprise while we were at the Ford Museum was running into Bob Snapp who is probably the world's reigning expert gunsmith on the small bore Martini action rifles featured in Miniature Rifles- Small Bore Club 1924 Manual & Catalog (this catalog pictures all the .22 club-type rifles- mostly Martini action- that were for sale at the time of publication- BSA, Greener, Vickers, Stevens, Remington, SMLE etc.).
*Does anyone have a Hoffman Arms catalog? I've had a couple of requests for catalogs from this company. Apparently they were originally based in Cleveland, Ohio and later to Ardmore, Kansas. During the war they converted to ammunition manufacture and then disappeared sometime after 1945.
*I am apprehensive about Hurricane Gustaf but not for for the obvious reasons you might expect. After Hurricane Katrina, I answered endless phone calls from people with a Cajun accent who told me they had “inherited Grampa’s gun” and urgently needed to know how much is was worth!
*If you find yourself within driving distance of Chandler, AZ on September 28, 2008 please stop by the Chandler Center for the Arts at 3:00 or 7:00 to see our friend Al Raitano performing oldies and favorites in a benefit concert for the US Marshall's Posse. I've known Al and Joanie for almost 40 years from when we all lived in Long Island and he is a terrific showman. Call 480-782-2680 for ticket information. Al is a long time member of the Arizona Rangers Aux., He is a singer, comedian, and consummate entertainer as well as the recent winner of the NBC talent show, “Second Chance”, competing with over 1300 other performers from across the country with his upbeat version of “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” He also performs on television and in films as an actor. Some of his credits include “Hack”, and “Whiplash” with Ernest Borgnine. With his silky voice, vast repertoire of songs and endless variety of musical alter–egos, Al has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Jay Leno says “Al Raitano sings any song, even if he doesn’t know it.”
*I'd like to start a feature on a different sporting club each month in my newsletter. So- if you belong to a gun or sporting club and would like it featured in this newsletter, please get together a brief (one or two paragraphs) description of the club's activities, how to join etc. and send them along to me with a couple of appropriate photos and I will be pleased to have a look.
*Next, please double check your address to make certain it is current on all sites where you might order something. It will save a lot of trouble and anxiety. I am thinking of Ebay, Gunbroker Paypal and Auction Arms in particular. And, while I am on the subject, I try to keep my prices as low as I can, but, not surprisingly, one of my greatest expenses is advertising, so, if you order directly from my website - www.cornellpubs.com - and not through the auction sites, you will save me a bunch of money that I can reinvest in new, old catalogs for you!
By the way, last year Paypal softened it's previously hard line with respect to firearms and is now much more reasonable. I wrote about it in my July 2007 Newsletter.
* If you have an interesting gun story or unusual firearm and you would like to share with Newsletter readers, please send it in by email or post with pictures- (I can return original photos, just give me a call first to talk about your story). Don't worry about how well it is written or spelling and things like that. I can take care of any editing necessary and will be pleased to publish stories with or without credit given to the author. No promises about acceptance though. I've received a couple of suggestions just a bit too racy or political for my old bones.
New Books and Special thanks (see the bottom of this letter for the complete alpha list without accompanying text):
Sylvain Benoit was the generous gentleman who loaned me Defense Intelligence Agency (unclassified) Ammunition Identification Guides. There are two of them <15mm Vol 1 and >15mm Vol 2. I apologize for forgetting.
Joel Black and Roger Michaud again cooperated to lend me several very interesting catalogs this month. Among them were an Eley (ICI, Kynock, Nobel, Curtis & Harvey) c1929 Ammunition Catalog and a Miniature Rifles- Small Bore Club 1924 Manual & Catalog (this catalog pictures all the .22 club-type rifles- mostly Martini action- that were for sale at the time of publication- BSA, Greener, Vickers, Stevens, Remington, SMLE etc.).
Reginald Darnell generously loaned me a Marlin 1964 to help me fill in an open space in the Marlin lineup.
Gerard Doneski sent over another big stack of rare European catalogs. They are:
Armas EGO c1980, Armas Garbi c1985, Arrietta, Manufacturas (Spain) 1982, Arrietta, Manufacturas (Spain) c1985, Arrizabalaga, Pedro (Spain) 1983, AYA Guns 1984, AYA Guns c1975, IAB (Italy) Tiger Trap c1975, IAB (Italy) 1977, IAB c1980, Kromson OUs (Spain) 1984, Merkel OUs (Germany) c1984, Pintosi, Guerini 1971 (Italy), Pintosi, Guerini 1976 (Italy), Sarriugarte, Francisco (Spain) c1985, Sarsaquenta SA, Felix (Spain) c1985, Sarsaquenta, VDA (Spain) 1982, Sarsaquenta, Victor (Spain) 1977
I have been meaning to get the following group to for some time. They offer a little for everyone:
United States: Browning Superposed 1931 (late), Ithaca 1954, Iver Johnson 1937, Lefever 1912, Smith, LC c1932, Winchester 1933 (big catalog), Winchester 1934 (No. 89- Big Catalog). I also processed an EC Meacham 1893 catalog which features the Zulu shotgun owned by Jarrod Walker and pictured below. It also advertises the Daisy air gun and the Plymouth Air Gun which have an interesting history: There were three makers of air guns in Plymouth Michigan – Hamilton, Markham and the Plymouth Windmill Company started between 1882 and 1888. The Plymouth Windmill Company developed an air gun to be given away with each windmill sold as a sales incentive. Eventually they could not support the windmill business and only made airguns. Officers of the boards of Markham and Plymouth/Daisy were frequently on boards of both companies. Louis Cass shot a Plymouth into a paper basket and exclaimed “That’s a Daisy!” By 1895 the company became the Daisy Air Rifle Company. The Daisy in this catalog was the model “Daisy” made by Plymouth Windmill Company. Markham eventually became King Air Rifles and then was taken over by Daisy in 1928. Plymouth made a Hamilton Model about 1889.
Great Britain: Beesley, F (UK-London) c1912, Bonehill-Belmont (UK) 1900, Boss (UK) c1930, BSA (UK) .410 Shotguns c1911, BSA (UK) Shotguns, Rifles & Air Guns c1950, Cogswell & Harrison (UK) c1934, Crawford, CH (UK-Birm) c1935, Dickson, John & Son (UK Edinburgh) c1930, Evans, Wm (UK-London) c1939, Holland & Holland (UK) 1946, Holloway (UK-Birm) c1936, Eley-ICI Making a Cartridge 1935,
Australia: Case, SA (AU-Melb) c1917 Guns and Ammo, Evans & Balfour (AU-Melb) c1962, Fieldman Rifles Manual (AU), c1955, Hartley Sports Stores (AU-Melb) c1939, Mackintosh, Donald c1929 (AU-Melb), SA Sports Goods (AU-Melb) c1917, Shaw, Harvey Successors c1920 (AU-Melb), Rohu, Sil (AU-Sydney) c1939, Simmons, Mick 1931, (AU-Sydney), Slazenger Rifles 1953 (AU-Lithgow), Sportco Firearms c1955 (AU)
By the way, not all our indexes are alphabetized and can be difficult to search. Until I figure out how to alphabetize them, hit the Control key (on the lower left) and the letter "F" on your keyboard. this will give you a search box on the bottom of the screen. Start to type in the name of what you want to find on that page and it should be highlighted on the screen (this works with most browsers). :-) Abby
Our local newspaper is usually a bit dry:
Generally, the only interesting things in the daily rag are the letters from concerned citizens who have difficulty negotiating the new roundabout at the mall or have been embarrassed by the surrealistic statue of the naked man near the duck pond but today was different. A feisty 82 year old woman held a 17 year old burglar in her house at gunpoint until the police arrived. Apparently her neighbor had been burglarized and with prescience that can be complemented, Granny dug out her late husband's .22 to keep in her nightstand. While watching TV she heard some noise in a back room. She got up, walked past the perp to her bedside table, got her gun and returned to the guest room to confront the perplexed teen. His name was not revealed because of his age.
In another story, two sisters were shoplifting from a TJ Max store when confronted by an employee. The women were prepared, though, and sprayed the hapless cashier with pepper spray so they could make their getaway. And get away they did, right across the street to a Goodwill used clothing store where one hid in a trash compactor while the other huddled behind some boxes until the cops arrived to collar her. Meanwhile, a Goodwill employee inside the store and unaware of the drama outside, turned on the compactor. As the second sister told the police that she barely knew her partner in crime the hapless sibling in the compactor was crushed to death. Abby
Letters from Readers:
My neighbor has one of these and can't remember where he got it. I'd like to get one, do you think it might be in one of your older catalogues as it is an older style. Enjoy Labor Day,
I have attached two files that incorporate all that I have found regarding pre-WWII Japanese shotguns. I recently bought the 16ga model as I thought it was interesting. I have provided link data from whence any photos and information came from. Of the two single shot shotguns it would appear that they were made by the same company, because of the engraving. In any case I am interested if you have come across any information regarding Japanese shotguns like these. One reference states that the Japanese shotguns were copied from British models. If so I have yet to find which models they might be. With your more inclusive library perhaps you can shed some light on the subject. Thanks for your time, Fred Husher
Fred, I don't recall any reference to Japanese shotguns in the catalogs I reprint but perhaps someone else knows more about them. Abby Readers?
16Ga single shot of unknown origin, perhaps Japanese. Features engraving on receiver. Single trigger. White bead front sight and Buckhorn style rear sight. 35" barrel:
(below) Greener Single Barrel 12 - Japanese Engraving. This subject piece is a very nice example of a "turn of the century" Greener single barrel shotgun said to have been exported to Australia in fair numbers just prior to and shortly after the turn of the century. The barrel is 33 1/2" long with a very unusual sight set-up. At some point this gun had made its way to the Japanese port city of Yokohama where it was adorned with the pictured engraving and Japanese text. For the moment there is no way of telling exactly when the modifications had taken place (additional research is in process) but it is clearly different. The sight set-up has me thinking that this gun had been used for large game. An initial translation has the Japanese text reading: Kananaru, Yokohama and "Ore that comes swiftly from the water". I'm having someone resident to Yokohama working on the translation as well. The early text is from the 10,000 character alphabet which many today have difficulties translating (at least in the United States). "Kananaru" may be a family name or the name of the importer. Everything is 100% original including the leather sling. The pictures pretty well say it all with the exception of the bore which is good but not perfect. There are some areas of shallow pitting that would easily come out with a hone but personally I'd leave it alone. The outside of the barrel retains all of the original blue with small areas of light oxide which I'd leave alone as well (nothing deep to be concerned about). Re-finishing this piece is not advised if you're a collector. It's a very interesting piece to say the least.
I'm up in Northern British Columbia fishing for Salmon and Halibut. The bears are plentiful, and someone sent me the attached copy of a sign from a BC campground. Read it all the way to the end:
You printed the remark that the Martini-Henry was the first breech loading British military rifle. It was the replacement for the Snider Breech Loading .577 cartridge rifle. The first breech loading rifle might have been the Ferguson flintlock during the Revolutionary War, but I believe the first breech loading CARTRIDGE rifle was probably the Snider. I'm in the deep woods, so don't have access to my printed library, so that is why you see the "I believe," "might have been" and "probably" qualifiers--I don't rely on my mental library.
Mea Culpa, see what a little plagiarism will do for you? Rob's Dad had a Snider I refused to shoot because his ammunition was as old as the rifle so I should have known better or at least I should have read what I copied! Abby :-[
I have pictures of a gun that we would like to find out what it is. The only numbers on it are 220L. it has hand made screws, and a button plate. The gun looks hand made. it has a brass flip lock that the shells are loaded into if you can tell me anything about this gun please we would sure like to find out something about it. Thank you.
Jarrod, It looks to me to be a variant of the Snider Carbine (see below) which, as Mike Carrick pointed out, was the first cartridge loaded rifle issued to the Brits:
The 220L gun in the photos is a "Zulu shotgun" converted from a French percussion military musket. (to see an advertisement for this gun see the EC Meacham 1893 catalog I added this month- Abby)
Oh, more egg on face! Abby
Meanwhile, Larry Hattan wrote that he has a Frank Troeh L.C. Smith Specialty Shotgun he wants to sell. While I don't want to start a want-ad section to the newsletter, this one has an interesting history because it belonged to Troeh who was a Trapshooting Hall of Famer. The gun has a Hunter one-trigger. Call Larry at 503-317-5253 if you want more information. Larry is in Oregon on the West Coast so please check your time zones before you call. (I'm in the East Coast zone- so check when you call me too- someone called at 12:20AM the other night!) Abby
Ever wonder who first purchased your gun or rifle or wished you had a certificate of origin? It could increase the value of your gun!
William Boyd , or Gail Davis or some other celebrity may have been the original buyer. Perhaps the provenance would increase the value of your favorite fowling piece or rifle. Well, now you have a chance to find out for free if the gun was sold by VonLengerke & Detmold or Abercrombie & Fitch, two of the largest and most prestigious gun houses of the 20th century.
If you own a gun by one of these makers write down the serial number and compare it to the serial numbers at the G&H website:
A&F, Baker, Bayard, Boss, Britte, Browning, BSA, Cashmore, Churchill, Crescent, Defourney, Dumoulin, Folsom, Fox, Francotte, Fred Adolph, GE Lewis, Gibbs, Greener, Greifelt, Griffin & Howe, Harpoon Guns, Henry Atkin, Hoffman Arms, Holland & Holland, Hollenbeck, Hollis, Bentley & Playfair, Ithaca, Iver Johnson, Jaeger, Jeffery, Kimball 20th Century, Krieghoff, Lancaster, Lang, LC Smith, Lefever, Leonard, Liege, Luck, Mahillon, Mannlicher-Schoenauer, Marlin, Martini, Mauser, Meffert, Merkel, Nimrod, Ogden Smith & Hussey, Owen Parker, Purdey, Remington, Remo Gehr, Rheinmetall, Rigby, Sauer, Savage, Schmidt & Haberman, Sedgley, Seymour Griffin, Simson, Springer, Springfield, Stephen Grant, Stoeger, Syracuse, Thieme & Schlegelmilch, Thompson, Tolley, Venus Waffen Werk, W&C Scott, Walther, Webley & Scott, Westley Richards, Winchester, Woodward.
Robert C. Beach, Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Website: www.griffinhowe.com (scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)
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Original Publications for sale:
This fall I promise to unload some of the twenty or thirty boxes of originals blocking the second bay of my garage! I decided to put up pages on the website (one page per box of about 70 catalogs each) with a list of catalogs priced at what I paid for them or in many cases much less. Here is the link: Original Catalog for Sale if you would like prior notice of the sales, please sign up for the announcement newsletter. The hundred and thirty or so people who already signed up knew about this sale last week and some of the best bargains are already gone. To register for the special newsletter, send an email to the following address and put the word REGISTER in the subject line: email@example.com. Many thanks to all of you who signed up! IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED THERE IS NO NEED TO DO SO AGAIN.
This month's winner is: My granddad left me a gun and I want to know how much I can get for it. It's pretty rusty and some parts are missing. The caliber is about a quarter inch but the barrel is blocked. The round thing where the bullets go is missing. Can you give me an appraisal of the value of this beautiful old antique? .... For the rest of this story, go to: RAVES and RANTS
Reviews of our work: During the last few years many wonderful editors, among them Rudi Prusok, Holt Bodinson, Mike Carrick, Vic Venters, Ross Seyfreid, Paul Milligan and Jas Van Driel, have taken the time and opportunity to write about my project. The latest comments may be read in Gun Digest 2008 by John Campbell and in the NRA publication Shooting Illustrated for March 2008 by Rick Hacker. Thanks so much guys! By clicking on the link above you can go to the page where all the article may be read and I did fix the faulty links. :-) Abby -
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Facts about some of my recent reprints:
I often use the The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers by John Walter, Greenhill/Stackpole Books 2001 - ISBN 1-85367-392-7 to answer many of the questions I get each week about the origins of gunmakers. Like many all-encompassing works, some of the information may be inaccurate but over-all it contains a wealth of facts, dates and important history of great old companies.
INDEXES for Every Catalog...
Every catalog we offer has an index at the bottom of the page or in the case of new listings on the right. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms as well as our website have indexes (I appreciate purchases at the website where we don't have to pay listing fees or sales commissions... shipping is cheaper for you as well!)
If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.
Armas EGO c1980 August 2008
Armas Garbi c1985 August 2008
Arrietta, Manufacturas (Spain) 1982 August 2008
Arrietta, Manufacturas (Spain) c1985 August 2008
Arrizabalaga, Pedro (Spain) 1983 August 2008
AYA Guns 1984 August 2008
AYA Guns c1975 August 2008
Beesley, F (UK-London) c1912 August 2008
Bonehill-Belmont (UK) 1900 August 2008
Boss (UK) c1930 August 2008
Browning Superposed 1931 (late) August 2008
BSA (UK) .410 Shotguns c1911 August 2008
BSA (UK) Shotguns, Rifles & Air Guns c1950 August 2008
Case, SA (AU-Melb) c1917 Guns and Ammo August 2008
Cogswell & Harrison (UK) c1934 August 2008
Crawford, CH (UK-Birm) c1935 August 2008
Dickson, John & Son (UK Edinburgh) c1930 August 2008
Eley Ammunition (ICI, Kynoch Ammunition, Curtis & Harvey and Nobel Powders) c1929 August 2008
Evans & Balfour (AU-Melb) c1962 August 2008
Evans, Wm (UK-London) c1939 August 2008
Fieldman Rifles Manual (AU) c1955 August 2008
Hartley Sports Stores (AU-Melb) c1939 August 2008
Holland & Holland (UK) 1946 August 2008
Holloway (UK-Birm) c1936 August 2008
IAB (Italy) Tiger Trap c1975 August 2008
IAB (Italy) 1977 August 2008
IAB c1980 August 2008
Eley-ICI Making a Cartridge 1935 August 2008
Ithaca 1954 August 2008
Iver Johnson 1937 August 2008
Kromson OUs (Spain) 1984 August 2008
Lefever 1912 August 2008
Mackintosh, Donald c1929 (AU-Melb) August 2008
Marlin 1964 General Gun Catalog August 2008
Meacham, E.C. Arms Co. 1893 August 2008
Merkel OUs (Germany) c1984 August 2008
Miniature Rifles- Small Bore Club 1924 Manual & Catalog August 2008
Pintosi, Guerini 1971 (Italy) August 2008
Pintosi, Guerini 1976 (Italy) August 2008
Rohu, Sil (AU-Sydney) c1939 August 2008
SA Sports Goods (AU-Melb) c1917 August 2008
Sarriugarte, Francisco (Spain) c1985 August 2008
Sarsaquenta SA, Felix (Spain) c1985 August 2008
Sarsaquenta, VDA (Spain) 1982 August 2008
Sarsaquenta, Victor (Spain) 1977 August 2008
Shaw, Harvey Successors c1920 (AU-Melb) August 2008
Simmons, Mick 1931 (AU-Sydney) August 2008
Slazenger Rifles 1953 (AU-Lithgow) August 2008
Smith, LC c1932 August 2008
Sportco Firearms c1955 (AU) August 2008
Winchester 1933 (big catalog) August 2008
Winchester 1934 (No. 89- Big Catalog) August 2008
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