18th Century Four Wick Oil Lamp

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This 18th Century tin “Betty Lamp” or oil lamp is an interesting and rarely seen piece. Tin oil lamps were the earliest and most common form of lighting in America dating from the mid 1600′s to the late 1700′s. The pan would have been filled with a grease or oil such as whale oil, fish oil or a vegetable oil. As colonists yearned for more lighting in their homes, there became a desire for 2 wick, 3 wick and even 4 wick oil lamps. The idea was, of course, that more wicks burning produced more light. The wick was placed in the nose of the pan and would fuel the flame by soaking up the oil in the pan. This early and unique form features a lid or cover that encloses the pan only to reveal the nose with the burning wick. It is also rather unique as it sits on a table having a drip pan at the bottom as opposed to the hanging grease lamps which were more common. However this grease lamp also has a decorative finial that doubles as a hanger, adding to its uniqueness, so it could be utilized on a table or hung. Also note that the crimped base and tubular column that support the lamp are a common form typically seen on a “Tidy” which was a stand that would support a single Betty lamp. This is indeed a fascinating and interesting piece of lighting that offers so much character and even more history. Stands 14″ tall.

Antique Beam Hook SOLD

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This is an original iron beam hook, also referred to as a “Betty Lamp” hook.  These were designed to be driven into a beam to allow for the hanging of Betty lamps or other lighting devises.   They make great hooks for bags, horns and other accouterments as well.   This is a nice robust design and remains in very good condition.

Powder Horn by Mike Small SOLD

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This beautifully made powder horn was hand crafted by Mike Small.  It features delicate moldings, a faceted spout and delicately laid off scrimshaw work.  It has a nice curve and twist making it ideal for right hand carry.  It is outfitted with a hand made leather strap by Jerry Rice that is fully adjustable via an iron buckle.  Measures 12″ on the outside curve.

Worm and Puller Set SOLD

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We currently have one of our hand made Tow Worm and Ball Puller sets available.   These are based on originals of the period with hand filed puller threads.  The worm will fit a .45 caliber and larger bore, and both the worm and puller have 10×32 threads.

Flint Striker by Brad

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Here’s a recently finished hand forged striker by Brad.  Based off an original design, it was forged from high carbon steel and heat treated to ensure a great spark.  It measures 3 1/2″ long.

Wrought Iron Flint Striker SOLD

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Hand forged wrought iron flint striker by Brad.  Forged from original 18th Century iron and properly heat treated using traditional technology to ensure a good spark.  The design is copied from an original in his personal collection.   Overall length is 3 3/4″

Bark Tanned Shooting Bag

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This is a brand new bag just completed by Jerry Rice.   Hand sewn and made from bark tanned deer hide, you can still see some small remanence of deer hair left on the hide.   The bag offers many pleasing features such as a scalloped flap, scalloped pocket throat and a fringed accent around the bag.  The adjustable strap is fit with an iron harness buckle and attached to the bag with forged iron rings.  Measuring 9″ tall by 9″ wide this bag is the perfect size for hunting, shooting and trekking.

Original Powder Horn

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Here is a wonderful antique early American powder horn.  This horn retains superb, untouched surfaces with amazing color and patina.  The domed base plug is American chestnut and also displays great color with an untouched surface.  The horn is fit with a leather strap that is old, but not original to the horn.  The horn measures 11 inches on the outside curve with a very pleasing shape that holds and carries well.  This horn would make a great addition to any collection of early Americana.

18th Century Brass Candle Sticks

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These are a similar, but non matching pair of 18th Century brass candlesticks.  They feature early construction technology in a simple yet pleasing form.  Both candlesticks show sign of wear and some minor repair, but overall remain in original condition.

Custom Reading Rifle SOLD

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This is a very nicely built .45 caliber Reading Rifle, stocked in a piece of walnut and adorned with a tasteful amount of relief carving.  The rifle features a 38″ Getz barrel, Large Siler lock and brass mounts.  The condition of the rifle is superb, appearing to be in like new condition and well taken care of.  The length of pull falls in at 13.5″ long, giving the rifle an overall length of 53″.  Maker unknown.

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