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.

Adjustable Brass Measure

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Here is a really neat, hand made, adjustable measure that came off a Joe Mills bag. The measure is made of brass and iron and adjusts from 45 to 75 grains. The overall length is 4 inches.

1710-1730 French Candle Stick

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This is an early French candle stick, dating to the 1710-1730 time period. It features a beautifully turned bell shaped base that features a scalloped edge and a series of turned moldings that run up the base. The shaft of the candle stick resembles an octagon to round fowler barrel, which we are particularly fond of. The shaft begins with a wedding band molding that transitions into the octagon section, then another wedding band molding begins that transitions into the round section of the shaft, just as a fowler barrel does. The drip cup is separated from the shaft by a simple, yet delicate molding. The overall condition of the candle stick is “well used” showing signs of a long life of use. There are scratches, nicks and dings, but the candle stick remains in untouched condition showing no signs or repair. The plunger works exceptionally well and goes up and down as it should with solid tension from the original spring. The overall height is 9 1/2″. The base diameter is 4 7/8″ and it will accept a 1″ candle.

Ken Scott Bag with Decorated Powder Horn

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This is a beautifully crafted and decorated bag by Ken Scott. It is full of small details everywhere you look. All of the edges are scalloped, the flap is decorated in the center as well as having punch decoration all around the scalloping. It has a great backwoods look, yet retains a higher level of craftsmanship. The strap is soft and flexible and is fully adjustable with a forged iron buckle. The bag measures 10″ tall by 8″ wide at the widest point. The bag is outfitted with a fully decorated scrimshaw powder horn that measures 10 1/2″ on the outside curve. Horn is unsigned. The bag is signed on the back “K Scott”.

Powder Horn by Frank Willis SOLD

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This is a nice, larger size bag born made by Frank Willis. It measures approx. 17 1/2″ on the outside curve and has a 3″ diameter base plug. It has great form, with just the right amount of curve and twist to snug close to the body while being carried. The decoration on the horn is front and center, featuring a scrimshawed Royal coat of Arms reading “Dieu et mon droit” meaning “God and my right”.

Maple War Club

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This is a great size war club, hand carved from maple. The wood exhibits very interesting grain structure and curl patterns. It measures 16″ long with approx. 2 1/4″ diameter ball.

Lally House Neck Sheath with Charlie Wallingford Knife

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This is a beautiful Eastern Woodland porcupine quilled neck knife sheath by Lally House. Her art speaks for itself… This piece is highly decorated including the neck strap which is fully quilled as well. The overall length of the sheath with the knife is 10″. The knife, made by Charlie Wallingford is forged from high carbon steel, expertly heat treated to hold a good edge. The overall length of the knife is 8 1/2″.

Shane Emig Belt Knife

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Hand Forged belt knife by Shane Emig. The 6″ blade is forged from high carbon 1095 spring steel and hardened and tempered to hold a strong edge. The partial tang is riveted to the 5″ white tail antler handle with an iron rivet. The hand stitched sheath was also done by Shane.

Joe DeLaRonde Ravenshead Hawk SOLD

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This is one of Joe DeLaRonde’s hand forged Ravenshead Hawks. “Each tomahawk, spike hawk and polled axe is handforged with a high carbon steel bit forge welded into the cutting edge. These are authentic reproductions of pieces found in museums and private collections.” The overall length of the head is 6 1/4″ and the handle has an overall length of 16 1/4″.

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It is with extreme sadness that we must pass along the following information.

On Friday, February 17th at 3:12 pm, our longtime friend and faithful Arms Making Workshop student Randy Zartman, lost his battle with Cancer and went home to be with the Lord. Randy fought the good fight, always with a smile, a great attitude and a kind word for everyone. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him, and will be greatly missed.

Services are scheduled for Friday, February 24th at 4:00 pm at LCBC Church, which is located at 2392 Mount Joy Rd. Manheim PA. 17545

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