Cool Stuff

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Peters Cartridge Co.
Peters Cartridge Co.

Peters got its start about 1887. Remington-UMC absorbed Peters in 1934, though the Peters headstamp was still used until 1960 when the Remington-Peters headstamps took over.

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Peters boxes, circa 1970s
Peters boxes, circa 1970s

Even the last boxes produced with the Peters brand name on them have an old-school feel which I like.

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Little bit of everything
Little bit of everything

American Eagle, Federal, Gambles, Hiawatha, C-I-L Imperial, Revelation, Sears/J.C. Higgins, Mallard, Wards Red Head, and Tru-Test.

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Peters Cartridge Co.
Peters Cartridge Co.

Peters got its start about 1887. Remington-UMC absorbed Peters in 1934, though the Peters headstamp was still used until 1960 when the Remington-Peters headstamps took over.

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Shell Boxes


(This section will see a MAJOR UPDATING very soon; for now, please see Shell Boxes For Sale).

 

Since a young child, I've collected paper shotgun shells, their boxes, and the old wooden crates they used to come in.  It's a fascinating hobby which combines my love for the history of a bygone erea, and the allure of the forests, fields and streams.  Any technical information in the captions probably came from 'The Shotshell in the United States' by Richard J. Iverson.  And yes, I am still interested in adding to my collection by buying or trading. 

More to come when I have time...

Black bear of my own
Black bear of my own

Map of kill location on the right side--Grindstone Point, Manitoba, Canada.

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Black bear
Black bear

A bigger view map on the other side.

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Beaver
Beaver

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Black bear of my own
Black bear of my own

Map of kill location on the right side--Grindstone Point, Manitoba, Canada.

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Skull Art


I've not had time to do much of this, but here are some examples of various skulls I've added a little artistic touch to.  It's my opinion that sometimes "less is more" in this venture.  My best efforts have involved black, white, and maybe one additional color.

Robin Hood Powder Co. "Indian"
Robin Hood Powder Co. "Indian"

The Robin Hood Powder Co. produced ammunition at Swanton, VT from about 1898 to 1905. This is a pretty rare box in very good condition.

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Robin Hood Powder Co., 1898-1905
Robin Hood Powder Co., 1898-1905

End view, Indian Shells box.

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Rem-UMC "Economy"
Rem-UMC "Economy"

This particular Rem-UMC box is pretty old, I believe, and in very good condition. One of my favorites.

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Robin Hood Powder Co. "Indian"
Robin Hood Powder Co. "Indian"

The Robin Hood Powder Co. produced ammunition at Swanton, VT from about 1898 to 1905. This is a pretty rare box in very good condition.

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Wooden Ammo Boxes...


(This section needs a major update as my collection has blown up the past five years; please check back later when I've had a chance to update). 

 

I've always been interested in the history of hunting and one of the hobbies I've pursued since I was a kid was collecting wooden ammo boxes.  With 254 different boxes in my collection, it will take a while to document them here, but here's a start.  As with the paper boxes, I've taken much of my historical information from 'The Shotshell in the United States' by Richard J. Iverson (1988), as well as well as  'Shotgun Shells' by Frank H. Stewart (1969).  Note:   I am still interested in these boxes and willing to buy or trade.

Tree Blaze
Tree Blaze

The maze of numbers and letters on the front of this unique piece tell a story dating back over 135 years. Given to me by a friend. See next slide for the rest of the story.

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The rest of the story
The rest of the story

"Tree Blaze from the first Land Survey in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1876. Found by L.W. Sexton in 1931." You want to hazard a guess who was doing a "land survey" in the Black Hills in 1876? General George Armstrong Custer. Yeah, that guy.

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Bluebill
Bluebill

I found this extremely cool decoy in the mid-1970s submerged in a marsh near Clearwater, NE. Unfortunately it was waterlogged and when I picked it up by the head, it broke off. I've reattached it, and it is clearly original paint. Hollow construction appears to be very thin paper or wood stretched over a light wire frame. Anyone with information on this style of decoy I'd also be interested in.

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Tree Blaze
Tree Blaze

The maze of numbers and letters on the front of this unique piece tell a story dating back over 135 years. Given to me by a friend. See next slide for the rest of the story.

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Random Oddities...


Years of being a pack rat pay off when it comes to story time with all kinds of little oddities picked up over the years.  Just beginning on this one, but here's a start.