GLEANINGS FROM THE NASHVILLE/FRANKLIN CW SHOW....
Folks, here are some nice cav related artifacts I shot while at the Franklin show.......
*Black kid leather Guantlets: I do not know much about this item. They look to have age and could well be post war but the pattern, stitching, etc. makes me wonder. Anyone with information? Just a thought.
* Dug Dragoon Stirrup: This iron stirrups with brass officer’s drooped eagle boss was dug from the CW Camp Nelson Ky. site by a very prolific digger (to go unnamed). This digger is unusual in that he has an anthropology degree but is also a fine CW historian and relic hunter. He has been digging Camp Nelson for years and finds the most unusual and wonderful things there. He also is a diver and has dug 14th - 17th century ship wrecks in the Caribbean, pre-historic sites in South America, European sites and recently Russia. Lately, he found a site in Mexico that yielded a treasure trove of dozens of early 19th century British and American CW guns that were buried intact. Just lots of rusty gun parts now (plates, butts, barrels, etc) but from all sorts of muskets and rifles. He is from Ky but comes to Nashville every year. Digging since he was a teenager he is quite an interesting guy to talk to and comes up with the most amazing stuff I have ever seen come from one digger..... And the stories!
*Farriers Knife: I have seen many variations of this knife but few with as many tools. Selling for $145 but not to me.
*New York Stirrup: I have seen these for several states....mostly Southern states. Although I have also seen Pennsylvania finding Yankee states is very unusual. The “riding market” was never that strong in the north.
*French Bit: This is of the 1853 French pattern bit but the boss is not the usual ordnance bomb or artillery (crossed cannon). The owner told me they were French armor but that makes no sense to me. The boss looks like that found on the French Lancers bits to me. Anyway, he wanted $350- a bit pricey for me and I’d rather just have these photos!
*Mexican War era (or earlier) Snaffle Bit: This was dug from the Sumner Cty Tenn. home site of a family by the name of Cole. The digger told me that his research showed a family member fought in the Mexican War. The bit may not be a Mex. War piece but the patriotic shield, style and manufacturing suggests the bit to be of the first half of the 19th century. Cool huh? On sale for $375 but being the cheapskate I am, I just took this photo!
This is always a great show- every year the first weekend of December. If you missed it you also missed the very nice Leech and Rigdon display of pistols, sabers, spurs and leather accoutrements as well as other original stuff like saddles, bits, tons of carbines and rifles, sabers too many to mention, books, uniforms, reenactment gear and more. Currently, the best show in the nation!
Look at my web site. I expect to have a few new items for sale... fresh from the show!
Ken R Knopp