As a follow on to our piece about American carpet manufacturer turned hunting apparel makers C. H. Masland of Pennsylvania, we’d like to share some recent additions. Unlike other outdoor clothing companies, Masland came to it relatively late, and almost by accident. They had a wartime contract for canvases, clothing and tent awnings, but their main business had always been carpet manufacturing.
Austin T. Freeman Army Model percussion Revolver Freeman Army Model percussion revolver manufactured by Hoard's Armory, Watertown, New York, c. 1863-64. Hoard's Armory manufactured approximately 2,000 of these .44 caliber single action revolvers, but received no Federal contracts.
Colt Model of 1911 U.S. NAVY Serial Number 109967 - Manufactured in 1915 and part of a 500 gun Navy contract order. Gun is pictured with original M1912 holster and two spare lanyard loop magazines all of which accompanied the pistol.
Introduced in 1926 by Willys-Overland as a new brand of smaller car. Became known as one of the fastest cars during the roaring twenties. Production was halted in 1931 due to the Great Depression. During World War II, Willys-Overland was contracted to build military jeeps, which launched its reputation as a jeep manufacturer. In 1949, Willys Wagons offered four-wheel drive, creating the first sport utility vehicle. Willys-Overland is now a part of Chrysler
Confederate Revolvers- The Griswold Gunnison(top) was patterned after the Colt M1851 Navy. 3,700 revolvers were made for the Confederacy until the factory was destroyed by Union troops in 1864. The production output was unrivaled by any other private Southern arms manufacturer. The Spiller Burr Navy(bottom) was patterned after the Whitney Navy. In 1864 the Confederate gov. took over the company. The initial contracts called for the production of 15K, but less than 10% were ever…