Cowans Firearms Dept. Travels Through The State of New York
Several pickups for Cowan's Firearms Department were scheduled in virtually all corners of the state of New York over the last week. Prior to my first pickup I visited the Genesse County Historical Village and visited the John L. Wehle Art Gallery. This museum had an outstanding collection Sporting Art and Wildlife Art and it was a nice way to spend the day before the business of firearms collections was to commence.
The first pickup was in Buffalo. We picked up sporting and military firearms. We also picked up several boxes of cartridges. One box in spite of its poor condtion is a rare box of Peters Cartridges that were made here in Cowan's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Look for this item in the November auction!
The next day I was in the Catskills for another firearms pickup. One of the guns that I picked up was a fine Winchester High Wall Rifle. This Winchester will also be offered in November.
I was in the Catskills a few months ago and got to visit the Fly Fishing museum near Livingston Manor. On this current trip I got a chance to see the American School of Fly Fishing located in Manchester, VT.
Manchester is also the sight of the Orvis Fly Fishing Schools.
While in Vermont I went to visit the American Precision Museum located in Windsor, Vermont. I received a nice tour by the museum's curator, John Alexander.
Peter Smithurst, the Senior Arms Curator of the Royal Armouries in Leeds, England, encouraged me to visit this museum which he oversaw few years ago. This is the sight of the Robbins and Lawrence gun manufacturers. The July 2009 issue of the Gun Report had a nice indepth article on Robbins and Lawrence written by James B. Whisker.
I mentioned that we have a Model 1841 Mississsippi Rifle made by Robbins and Lawrence coming up in our November 2009 auction.
I spent a few days in Saratoga Springs, New York and one evening when I was driving back from a visit to Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks,
I decided to stop by Fort Edwards which is only a few miles from Saratoga Springs. I saw the monument that marks its location near the Hudson River in Washington County, New York.
I arrived back to the office on Monday 8/10/09 and on my desk was a horn entitled "James Garthwal His Horn Made at Fort Edward September the 15, 1759 Steal not this Horn for Fear of Shame for the onours (owners) name."
Speak of serendipitous occurences - this should qualify.