Illustrated British Firearms Patents 1714-1853. Limited edition published by Winchester Press in 1969; marked #611 out of 1000 copies printed. Excellent condition. Measures 10.75 inches by 7.5 inches. Compiled and edited by Stephen V. Grancsay and Merrill Lindsay.
Nippon-To: Art Swords of Japan / The Walter A. Compton Collection. This beautifully bound harcover book is the catalogue of the exhibition of Japan House Gallery shown in the spring of 1976 as an activity of Japan Society, Inc. It is in excellent condition with the original jacket and slipcase. It also includes the original folder with a tipped-in print of a Miyamoto Musashi painting entitled "Sleeping Hotei." The book measures 10.5 x 15 x 1 inches.
Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age, Annotated 2nd Edition, 1st printing, 1983, by Joe Kindig, Jr. Published by George Shumway, York, PA. Given as a gift to a friend and signed by the infamous author Larry Wilson, who wrote extensively on Colt and Winchester guns. Good condition: the dust jacket with some tears; some foxing on the inscription and title pages, the rest of the copy very clean.
5th edition The Winchester Book by George Madis, signed by the author. The Art and Reference House, Brownsboro, Texas, 1979. Limited edition of 1000 copies (none are numbered). Embossed brown leatherette cover stamped in gold. Measures 11.25 x 9 x 1.5 inches. Very good condition, tight and clean.
Pair of Abumi, saddle stirrups made by “Nakamura Keiken”. The Nakamura family are well known metal artists who also made Tsuba and other Samurai metal works in the Japanese Edo period. This pair of stirrups are both inlaid with pure gold and have Ryusui, a water theme. Natural wear, minor gold loss in some areas. Dating from the 18th-19th century. Each strirup measures 12 inches long x 10 inches high x 5 inches wide. Stirrups like these were used to support the rider’s feet while seated on horseback. During warfare, they allowed mounted samurai to stabilize position and control the horse while firing a weapon or brandishing a sword. Curving up and back in the front, they bring the loop for the leather connecting-strap over the instep, providing superior balance. Only high-ranking samurai could ride horses in the Edo period. Elegantly decorated stirrups were a sign of the owner’s privileged position.