Biscayne Trade Axes: the earliest known metal axes in North America

As early as 1608, John Smith, of the English Jamestown settlement, discovered that some natives around coastal Virginia were already armed with French metal axes. The Tockwoghes, the tribe in possession of the axes, testified that they had obtained the implements from the Isquesahanocks. Smith visited this tribe also and was informed that their iron … Read moreBiscayne Trade Axes: the earliest known metal axes in North America

The flintlock the early Virginia frontiersman likely would have carried.

When the first settlers came into the Greenbrier Valley in the 1750’s, this is likely the type of firearm they brought with them. A civilian owned smoothbore fowler. This longarm is exactly 6 feet in overall length. It has a bore of exactly .70 caliber. It could fire a solid round lead ball. Or it … Read moreThe flintlock the early Virginia frontiersman likely would have carried.

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 – … Read moreNative American “Scalping Knives” – the truth, the fiction, the business, the bloody history

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 … Read moreThe Homemade Mountain Chairs of Virginia and West Virginia

Native American Fur Trade finds from Michigan

These items were all found by metal detector by Robert Bennett of St. Ignace, Michigan. They were found at early Native American village locations along the shore of Lake Michigan – mostly in the area of Good Hart, Michigan. They are an excellent representation of the types of European goods which were traded to the … Read moreNative American Fur Trade finds from Michigan

The RCA 19 Rifle – an epic mid 18th century flintlock “smooth rifle” with an exciting history

“RCA 19” Rifle a.k.a. Chief Paxinosa’s “Smooth Rifle.” There is an argument to be made that this “smooth rifle,” which means that it is built in a rifle in all ways, except for the lack of the actual rifling, is one of the oldest known American longrifles with an existing record for the date of … Read moreThe RCA 19 Rifle – an epic mid 18th century flintlock “smooth rifle” with an exciting history

The SCAVENGEOLOGY JOURNAL – Volume 1 – “Discovering Byrnside’s Fort”

AVAILABLE NOW! 80 color pages of high quality photos of the discoveries, renovations, and explorations at the site of Byrnside’s Fort at Willowbrook Plantation. SCAV-ENG-E-OL-O-GY: The study of history through the excavation of discarded items, exploring people’s attics, flying drones, and stuff. The term “scavengeology” was coined when the author, a major history buff, began metal detecting … Read moreThe SCAVENGEOLOGY JOURNAL – Volume 1 – “Discovering Byrnside’s Fort”

The Nathaniel Vogler Rifle, crafted at Old Salem

The Nathaniel Vogler Rifle. Made by the Vogler family of Moravian gunsmiths in Old Salem, NC, sometime around the 1815-1835 time period. The expert silver work was likely performed by John Vogler, master silversmith and engraver, as illustrated by the amazing work on this rifle. You can visit his shop in Salem still today. It … Read moreThe Nathaniel Vogler Rifle, crafted at Old Salem

1691 Dated Powder Horn – a connection with your 6th grade history class

Usually 6th grade history classes end up discussing England’s Glorious Revolution of 1688 , and the consequences in the New England colonies, where the King attempted to control and abuse the colonies. That’s about where they start to fall asleep. But what do you bet they would pay attention if showed them some tangible combat … Read more1691 Dated Powder Horn – a connection with your 6th grade history class

Massive Forged Andirons from historic Old Sweet Springs Resort

These massive fireplace andirons were purchased from an elderly man in Alleghany County, Virginia, who had purchased them at one of the earlier auctions held at the Old Sweet Springs Resort. Apparently they were stored in the basement of the huge old resort. It’s hard to tell how large they are from the photos, but … Read moreMassive Forged Andirons from historic Old Sweet Springs Resort