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
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
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.
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
Ed, have you walked him across the Freedom Trail between Lexington and
Concord? Wonderful thing to do -- very emotional if you love our history,
AND they have marked the bend in the road at which P Revere was arrested by
the British patrol, but his cohort, Billy Dawes, jumped the wall on his
horse and successfully made away through the swamp and woods.