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Pistols Avaiable In New York . . . In 1907

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#1 Peter Bleed

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:00 AM

In llight of the recent discussion of small hinawaju, there might be interest in this page scanned from the 1907 Francis Bannerman catalog. I love old catalogs, and Bannerman's is always good.  But this one is a reprint so it is not very sharp. Still, it is interesting  to see what Banner had to offer. I am not sure when this  merchandise initially appeared, but some pieces appear to have been sold by 1907. I have none of the WWI era catalogs, but this page had been abandoned by the mid 1930s so this stuff seems to have found homes. In addition to this full page sale, he only had a couple of other Japanese matchlocks and they are very generally treated. He also did not have much in Japanese swords, either. It is almost as if there was special and specific interest in these little bangers


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 12:14 PM

Peter,  That is wonderful - thank you. What is a surprise are the prices. $500 was a heck of a lot of money at that date and even the price of a more common item was high enough.

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 12:42 PM

Agree. Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 06:50 PM

Great page!

(500 USD for a powder tester is pretty steep, though!)
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Posted 04 February 2017 - 11:23 PM



$30 back then was a lot, but the jutte ??


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