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Showing Off Your Collection is Not Without Risk

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


Odd Accidents: Smuggling Slaves with David Brydie Mitchell, Part One

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 British Collector of the Alamo – Foreign Collectors of American Militaria

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

General Militaria Collecting

Messages from the Alamo.

How the Texas Revolution was reported in Britain.

Messages from the Alamo.

In the days before overseas telegraph, international news travelled as fast as the fastest ship. 1,165 more words

19th Century

The Bowie Knife

The Bowie Knife

“It must be long enough to use as a sword, sharp enough to use as a razor, wide enough to use as a paddle, and heavy enough to use as a hatchet.” (Russell T. 55 more words


William the Conqueror's Favorite Movie

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

Just For Fun

Iron Mistress

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

History And Logic