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269385 Pete 2019‑11‑05 Old Tools - gunsmith Johann Christian Oerter 1747-1777
Galoots, 
This morning brought an interesting post on the History Blog concerning the
recovery of a stolen Revolutionary War-era long rifle made by gunsmith Johann
Christian Oerter. Here's the link:  http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/56914
The History Blog mentions tools now and again, and, I think, is an interesting
adjunct to our Porch.
The comments to the post caught my eye when someone commented, inter alia, on
how beautiful a rifle was produced with such crude tools. Now, I know that we
would all agree that the tools Oerter used were not crude, and indeed that was
recognized by the next comment. Here's a bit more on his too-short life: https://christiansbrunn.web.le
high.edu/node/14
My question: Have any of Oerter's tools survived the centuries? I've searched,
but come up empty-handed so far. I can think of no better place to begin such a
search than here on the Porch.
Pete LeenhoutsRestoring RIPTIDE, a 1927 Schertzer Brothers bridge-deck cruiser
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269386 Ed Minch <ruby1638@a...> 2019‑11‑05 Re: Old Tools - gunsmith Johann Christian Oerter 1747-1777
I know the woman who is the curator of the collection at Valley Forge.  She
promised a tour of their weapons behind the scenes to my 10-year old
Revolutionary War fanatic grandson, but we have had to delay because the
visitors center/archive/storage areas are closed for renovations.  I will ask
next time I see her.

My grandson had most of The Ride of Paul Revere memorized by age 4.  When I told
him about Fort Necessity at age 6, he stopped me and finished the story.

Ed Minch

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