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Native American “Scalping Knives” – the truth, the fiction, the business, the bloody history

Lately I’ve had a thing for Native American trade knives, commonly referred to as scalping knives – or scalper blade knives. They were all-purpose and could have been used for everything from butchering, to of-course, scalping enemies. In my own research, I’ve found that there’s not a whole lot out there on these knives – …

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The Homemade Mountain Chairs of Virginia and West Virginia

The Virginia Rural Slat-back chair is the chair of the common man, and particularly special to Virginia (especially what would become West Virginia post 1863). It is unique to the region, and has coasted under the radar through the years of the city-dwellers with the taste for a more refined object to sit upon (though …

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18th Century Door from the Richard Hill Cabin in Mill Point, WV

This is the cabin door from the Richard Hill cabin, which stood near Mill Point, West Virginia, in present day Pocahontas County, West Virginia. It was saved by Jim Costa, and is in his collection. Richard Hill is believed to have settled at this spot shortly after the Revolutionary War. The Greenbrier County Personal Property …

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