For the most part, militaria collectors enjoy anonymity and prefer to keep their collections private, sharing them with a scant few trustworthy people. Those whose collections include ultra-rare pieces tend to avoid the public exposure for good reason. 696 more words
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Gentle Readers, without meaning to I have gotten away from doing posts on events prior to the 1850s. Kansas remains my focus, but I want to write about earlier subjects more often than I have. 1,536 more words
A question was recently posed by militaria collector from the UK asking how Americans feel “about important artifacts which are part of US cultural history being in the private collection of a British musician.” The question was in direct response to a March 2012 publication of a 416 page volume, 555 more words
Y2K wasn’t all end-of-the-world alarmism. I do remember assorted sages urging people to sell everything they had, convert it all to cash, and head for the nearest and deepest abandoned lead mine: although what good cash was going to do you, with all of civilization in ruins, I never quite understood. 174 more words
Frontiersman and explorer Jim Bowie died at the battle of The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, in 1836.
Bowie created a model in wood of a special weapon, a knife, which he later had forged into metal reality by an iron and steel metal-working expert named James Black, of Washington, Arkansas. 85 more words