More Attic Guns


Norton Commando
April 17, 2011, 11:33 AM
More guns from the attic; this time all pistols. Group photo followed by individual photos:

Pepper Box, Manhattan F.A. MFG. CO.

These appear to be three Richards, similar to the one from my post yesterday:

Colt, 31 caliber

Colt, 44 caliber Army

Mystery flintlock; ideas anyone???

Colt, don't know the caliber but it appears to be a 32 or 36?

Colt box

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Dave Markowitz
April 17, 2011, 12:38 PM
Your attic is a lot cooler than mine, that's for sure.

The Colt pictured last looks like a Baby Dragoon in .31 caliber.

April 17, 2011, 02:24 PM
You ain't got an attic, you have a museum

April 17, 2011, 03:27 PM
Your pepperbox looks similar to my dad's Allen & Thurber. Yours looks to have longer barrels, though.
You have a nice collection.

April 17, 2011, 05:23 PM
Great, now I have attic envy.

Norton Commando
April 17, 2011, 05:39 PM
Thanks for the attic compliments guys. The attic is no place for firearms, but I don't dare display them out in the open for fear of becoming burgled. I've got old BP rifles in the attic that I'll bring down and photograph next week.

My plans are to sell these guns as I'm not getting any use out of them hidden away in the attic. I need to split them with my brother first, however.

April 17, 2011, 06:01 PM
I like that pepperbox. Hint, hint. ;)
I don't know why. I've just always liked the way they look. Same with Broomhandle Mausers.

I assume you're a fan of Norton abrasives? Always wondered about your username. Just never thought to ask.

You have a very nice collection. Were they your father's?
I got my love of antique firearms from my dad and his collection.
I like modern guns a lot more than he does, but I still like the 18th to late 19th century guns the best. That's why I like BP so much. I think.:confused:

Norton Commando
April 17, 2011, 06:28 PM
Hi Jaymo,

Never heard of Norton abrasives until you brought it up. Norton is the brand of one of my motorcycles; it's a 1975 Norton 850 Commando.

The guns belonged to my Uncle who lived in Maine and passed away some thirty years ago. The guns then went to my grandmother who lived in Connecticut. She died over twenty years ago and I've been the keeper of the guns in the attic ever since. It's a shame to keep them hidden away, really. So once I settle up with my brother, I'm going to sell my half of the guns. The next hurdle is figuring out how much they're worth.

7.62 Nato
April 17, 2011, 07:11 PM
Nice collection. I noticed your screen name also. "Norton is the brand of one of my motorcycles; it's a 1975 Norton 850 Commando." My brother loved the 850 Commandos. Not the same, but similar, I've got a '74 Triumph Bonneville 750 (twin). Just picked up a Glenfield 60 locally from a guy that has a 750 Commando, I think he said it is a '76.

April 17, 2011, 08:08 PM
My brother had a 750 Commando, my dad had a Harley, and I had the Triumph 650 Bonnieville, and a 500TT.My last bike was a 650 BSA Thunderbolt. I never even learned to drive a car until I was thirty. Haven't owned a motorcycle in about 15 years, now, but they were a HUGE part of my life. Funny how many motorcycle folks are also black powder folks.

April 17, 2011, 10:30 PM
Drool wow so so cool

7.62 Nato
April 18, 2011, 12:00 AM
@ BHP fan

My first bike was a '71 Triumph Daytona 500 twin carb w/TT pipes. My Bonneville and Harley are both sitting because of my back. Gotta try again this year. Had to buy a Blazer with an automatic because the stick was getting too hard to drive. Gives me more reasons to play with guns. They're a lot lighter and take up less room than vehicles.

April 18, 2011, 01:13 AM
So once I settle up with my brother, I'm going to sell my half of the guns. The next hurdle is figuring out how much they're worth.

It might be easier to just sell all of the guns and then split the money rather than to split up the guns.
If the values are not exactly known then that would make it harder to split them up equally.
Plus the fact that they've been in storage for so long anyway makes it appear that neither of you are really interested in keeping them for a personal collection.
This reputable Virginia antique firearms dealer is also an appraiser. He has an extensive list of credentials toward the bottom of his home page which includes the Texas Gun Collector's Association.

April 18, 2011, 01:38 AM
1973 850 Commando here...

4v50 Gary
April 18, 2011, 01:47 AM
The only thing in my attic is insulation. :(

Norton Commando
April 18, 2011, 07:13 AM
Thanks for the appraisal lead Arcticap.

You're right about it being easier to divide the money from the sale of the gun collection rather than dividing them physically. However, brother Mark does not want to sell his half. So, if I can figure out a clean split, I'll give him his and sell mine.

I still have a number of old rifles to bring down from the attic. If I remember correctly, there are some old black powder cartridge rifles mixied in with some front loaders. I'm looking forward to seeing them again; I'll post pics.

April 18, 2011, 04:02 PM
40v50 Gary, your lucky you have an attic! dang man, i don't have one! but i do have a bunkhouse where i shoot parlor pistols and small caliber muzzleloaders to keep happy neighbors. you could take some of the insulation and stuff out and turn it into a gun room, that would be really cool! get some lighting, carpet, a reloading table, a bunch of gun racks, guns and other accessories, some lit glass display cases with guns in them, some NRA posters and a couple "don't tread on me" flags and maybe even a mini fridge haha! now that would be very very cool!

April 20, 2011, 12:24 AM
sounds like we have a new club house!

Cop Bob
April 20, 2011, 02:35 PM
Great, now I have attic envy.
Ohh No,,, another one to add to my list... Hope the little blue pills work for that one too!

Cop Bob
April 20, 2011, 02:38 PM
What a great bunch of Heirlooms... Very nice...

April 21, 2011, 03:15 PM
WOW !!!

Nice brace of guns there... and there are MORE ???

Once you get the stuff appraised, keep us posted where the auction will be... I am seriously interested in the brass barreled flintlock pistol with the folding knife blade...

Really, I would part with some serious coin for that one !!!


ElvinWarrior... aka... David, "EW"

Norton Commando
April 21, 2011, 08:43 PM
Hi there ElvinWarrior,

Thank you for your interest in the flint-switch-blade-gun! But I'm thinking the same as you; if I were to keep just one gun, notwithstanding the $$$ Colt in its original wooden box with accessories, I'd keep that goofy flint-switch-blade-gun!

More attic pics coming soon.


April 21, 2011, 09:24 PM
Let me take a crack at reading the art on this mystery flintlock. Now I believe first of all while looking at the design on the right-hand side of the pistol, there is the earths ground line with small strands of grass protruding. Next, center of the design either coming from or going into the ground you have a shield or possibly the pistols grip itself. Next to the left there is a tom-tom drum followed by tee-pee huts, spears or arrows and finally a leafy branch that I cannot describe but would suggest that it symbolizes peace.
On the left-hand side of the pistol the same objects represent those of the right-hand side of the pistol with the exception of the cylindrical shape to the far right side.
My best guess is this is a Gatling Gun with simulated “fire” coming from a barrel. If not a Gatling Gun then perhaps a Mortar or Cannon. Now, so much for the symbol of peace……lol

April 22, 2011, 09:04 AM
Norton-C, you probably already know about this place, but if not, sometime you might want to stop by Collector's Fireams at Richmond & Fondren, check what they're selling, and talk to those guys.

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