After three years of searching for a replica Pietta 1862 Dance .36 revolver (which Pietta does not market these days), I finally found one.
It is cased with accoutrements. It has a squareback trigger guard which is not historical, but I have a round Pietta trigger guard that should work with maybe a bit of fitting. I expect to receive it by mid-week for further investigation insofar as date code, proofs, etc. I will find out what the accessories are when I receive it.
I paid $300 for it.
There are a few more replica Dance .36 and .44 revolvers where I found this one, if interested, and the prices are very fair.
The 20 Pounder Parrott Rifle was one of the heaviest field artillery pieces of the American Civil War. It was highly accurate, cheap to make, and easy to operate. However, it was soon discovered that some Parrott Rifles, particularly the 20 pounders, were prone to bursting... killing and injuring many artillerymen. The cast iron design of these large rifles just couldn't contain the stresses of firing.
I found this online recently, I'd been looking for one for some time. It's listed in Lord's Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia. It's a Goodyears patent hard rubber match safe, made by the Novelty Rubber Co between 1855 and 1872. Also pictured is another early rubber matchsafe with the name GB Bohling engraved on the side. Possibly a solider?
I was curious to see if anyone else collected hard rubber items as well? I look forward to hearing any stories, and seeing others collections!
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