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Taylor Ratliff

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Hello Taylor,

You have a great collection and are getting excellent advice and information from the very knowledgeable members of this forum. You mentioned that you would like to find a display cabinet. I included a link to an ikea cabinet that’s very popular with collectors. I have 4 of them. They’re not outrageously expensive, not difficult to put together and give a clear unobstructed view of anything that you put in them. Adding LED lighting would look nice and be safer to use with collectibles.

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Frank
https://m2.ikea.com/us/en/p/detolf-glass-door-cabinet-black-brown-10119206/
Thank you so much for the Ikea link. I have been having the hardest time finding a good curio cabinet locally, so I will definitely take this display cabinet into consideration seeing as I don't have much else of an option currently. I agree with you on the use of LED lighting over any other type of lighting. I use 12" bar LED lights on my vintage (1930s-1980s) ammunition shelves, and they work great without making me worry about damaging anything.
 

Taylor Ratliff

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Where is @Lanyard Puller and @redbob? You haven't met them yet and they are part of the best too. If you are really good, Lanyard might show you his collection.
I look forward to meeting them here, but it is perfectly fine if they do not want to show their personal collection. Some like to keep their collections a secret and I completely understand. However, I am always up for seeing everyone's collections because it gives me something to strive to be like, and it can also give me ideas on how to display certain items.
 

Billw12280

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Hello Taylor,

You have a great collection and are getting excellent advice and information from the very knowledgeable members of this forum. You mentioned that you would like to find a display cabinet. I included a link to an ikea cabinet that’s very popular with collectors. I have 4 of them. They’re not outrageously expensive, not difficult to put together and give a clear unobstructed view of anything that you put in them. Adding LED lighting would look nice and be safer to use with collectibles.

Regards,
Frank
https://m2.ikea.com/us/en/p/detolf-glass-door-cabinet-black-brown-10119206/
I never thought about getting cabinets from IKEA, thanks for the link @FrankN! At that price I might buy several of them.
 

Taylor Ratliff

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My only hurdle is that I can buy two of these display cabinets for $120, but it would cost $200 to get shipped to my house since I live about 3 hours from the closest Ikea store and I don't have a truck to haul them. Haha it would be worth it though.
 

Package4

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Where is @Lanyard Puller and @redbob? You haven't met them yet and they are part of the best too. If you are really good, Lanyard might show you his collection.
The @Lanyard Puller is in the weeds lurking until ACW weapons, usually Southern in nature, pop up, then he springs into action...….though a sword or bayonet of the Southern kind will usually get him to remove the ghillie suit.....
 

Taylor Ratliff

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Perhaps this might be enough to make him take off the ghillie suit. Here are some pictures of a U.S. Springfield Model 1840 musket that had been converted to percussion fire with a bolster conversion that, as the story has been told to me, belonged to my great, great, great grandfather when he was a private in Company E of the 54th Tennessee Infantry. It was given to me by my grandfather that used to play with this as a child by putting firecrackers down the barrel. Unfortunately, he decided to "restore" it for me with sand paper, steel wool, and Birchwood Casey cold bluing because he thought that it would make it look better (I beg to differ). A part of me died when he told me what he had done to it as he was giving it to me, but I kept my composure and thanked him for passing the musket down to me. Since then, I have carefully removed the cold bluing to the best of my ability without harming the metal parts any more than my grandfather already had. My grand father told me that the notches carved into the stock are kill notches, but I have no evidence to prove that this was done back then, so who knows since my grandfather could have done that to it when he messed around with it as a kid. Anyways, it might not be a very good condition example of a bolster conversion for a Model 1840 musket, but it has family ties and for that it will always be a prized piece in my collection.

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Taylor Ratliff

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That's what I figured. It sounds like a neat story, but with no tangible evidence positively linking the lineage of this musket all the way to my hands is non existent so I am only left with the story. This thing stayed in one of the old family cabins back when my grandfather played with it as a kid so there is no telling where it came from, who put it there, and how long it had been there before it was passed down to my grandfather. On a side note, it was funny cleaning the bore when a small fuse from a firecracker came out.
 

Lanyard Puller

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Greetings Taylor and Welcome.
I'm out of the country for awhile and on a strange network so will be very brief.

I've had good luck with https://www.pulaskifurniture.com/products/curios-and-display-cabinets for my display stuff. Chinese "Ikea" but with a much nicer finish.
Also, I'm not the hermit that @Package4 makes me out to be... just very busy right now. That's a great '42 and the story is almost expected to come along with it..
 

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Lanyard Puller

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[QUOTE="ucvrelics, Nope The wrong side for LP not a CS musket.

Ah, Brother, don't be too fast to judge this conversion.

Super funky bolster, terrible filling on the flint lock frizzen holes. Although the bolster clean out screw is rarely seen on CS conversions, don't rule out a small shop doing a hundred or so guns. I'll check around on this but I think the jury still is out on this girl.

A photo of the knurling on the hammer would be helpful.
 

Package4

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Greetings Taylor and Welcome.
I'm out of the country for awhile and on a strange network so will be very brief.

I've had good luck with https://www.pulaskifurniture.com/products/curios-and-display-cabinets for my display stuff. Chinese "Ikea" but with a much nicer finish.
Also, I'm not the hermit that @Package4 makes me out to be... just very busy right now. That's a great '42 and the story is almost expected to come along with it..
When you return and have a chance to look at the pictures in greater detail, maybe you can tell us where this conversion was done.
 

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On a side note, it was funny cleaning the bore when a small fuse from a firecracker came out.
Well, at least you know that part of the story is true! :D Seriously though, even if you dont know if the story is true, consider it your duty to record it, in as much detail as possible, write it down, and be sure it stays with the gun so that one day, your grandchildren will know the "tale" associated with this family treasure. Oh, and just be patient - you can depend on @Lanyard Puller to return when time permits, and provide you with additional information. :thumbsup:
 

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Welcome to the forums from the host of the Stonewall Jackson Forum and another collector! I also have a Springfield M.1840 conversion dated 1842 but mine's the so-called Belgian or cone conversion in the middle:

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