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  1. #46
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    When I look at all the silver components of this firearm, I can't help but think of Wiley Grover Higgins (1799-1859). Born in Laurens Co., SC, moving to Monroe Co., GA at the age of 25, and then on to my home county of Macon in 1838. He was one of this nation's most renowned gun makers. I was made aware of him by a local gentleman who also makes reproductions of early firearms. Another friend at a bottle show told me that the University of Georgia had a temporary display of early Georgia flintlocks that I should check out. They were all very impressive, but Wiley's work stole the show. To see so many examples of his work gathered from various collections was mindblowing. I stayed in that room until closing time just trying to absorb the detail of his craft. Amazing that something like this could be done by hand. No CNC mills, no laser cutters. Here are a few pictures of his flintlocks that were on display, including the famous Gamecock. I'm impressed by the range of his creativeness in the different designs. I've also been told that he made a pair of pistols for Andrew Jackson which are said to be housed at the Hermitage Museum in Nashville.

    For more pictures of what is probably the most stunning piece of his work, check out MESDA at this link: https://mesda.org/item/collections/long-rifle/21804/

    To think that many of these were made not 5 miles from where I live is unreal, and I'll bet that 99% of the locals have never heard of him.
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    Beautiful pieces! I'm amazed that the tiny sharp point is still there on that butt plate. Looks like it would be easy to accidentally break off.
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  3. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by Back-of-the-boat View Post
    Great find I am glad you found it. But I am like Smokey, there are other pieces still waiting for you, every metal piece on that gun was more than likely silver, so there are still some out there waiting for you to find them. I also now think instead of just having them displayed they are aching to be re-assembled on a beautiful stock of walnut burl. We are setting high goals for you, but you are delivering the goods. But in the end they are yours to do with as you please, just keep us informed if you find anymore and please show us your final results on displaying them. I love this journey you are taking us on with this beautiful piece of craftsmanship being brought back from it's grave into a resurrected state. You should name it Lazarus as you are bringing it back from the dead.
    Thanks Back of Boat! It would look awesome on the walnut burl!

    Quote Originally Posted by pepperj View Post
    What a work of art, congratulations on getting the piece.
    Thanks pepperj! It is art to my eyes!

    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie B from VA View Post
    Congratulations! All of those pieces are museum quality finds. You should have four banners.
    Thanks Donnie! I appreciate the compliments!

    Quote Originally Posted by treblehunter View Post
    wow such a beautiful piece! Congrats, banner vote even if you have other banners with the other parts of that historic gun
    Thanks Treblehunter!

    Quote Originally Posted by sandchip View Post
    When I look at all the silver components of this firearm, I can't help but think of Wiley Grover Higgins (1799-1859). Born in Laurens Co., SC, moving to Monroe Co., GA at the age of 25, and then on to my home county of Macon in 1838. He was one of this nation's most renowned gun makers. I was made aware of him by a local gentleman who also makes reproductions of early firearms. Another friend at a bottle show told me that the University of Georgia had a temporary display of early Georgia flintlocks that I should check out. They were all very impressive, but Wiley's work stole the show. To see so many examples of his work gathered from various collections was mindblowing. I stayed in that room until closing time just trying to absorb the detail of his craft. Amazing that something like this could be done by hand. No CNC mills, no laser cutters. Here are a few pictures of his flintlocks that were on display, including the famous Gamecock. I'm impressed by the range of his creativeness in the different designs. I've also been told that he made a pair of pistols for Andrew Jackson which are said to be housed at the Hermitage Museum in Nashville.

    For more pictures of what is probably the most stunning piece of his work, check out MESDA at this link: https://mesda.org/item/collections/long-rifle/21804/

    To think that many of these were made not 5 miles from where I live is unreal, and I'll bet that 99% of the locals have never heard of him.
    . Thanks Sandchip! I love the images too. These guns are spectacular craftsmanship and I will be learning all I can about them. I also am a big fan of MESDA and hope to visit there.

    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    Beautiful pieces! I'm amazed that the tiny sharp point is still there on that butt plate. Looks like it would be easy to accidentally break off.
    . The point is actually a small sword. I will try to post a pic.
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  4. #49
    My god man!! Beautiful is an understatement. What an absolutely incredible piece! Finding something like that is exceptionally rare...nevermind finding all of the pieces. Congrats on a once in a lifetime recovery!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SC Keith View Post
    ...The point is actually a small sword...
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    Even more amazing!
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    got my banner vote - just beautiful

    vp
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    That is so cool! Look at those mortars! what a work of art
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    Wow! That's the best piece yet Keith. How big of an area were these gun part coming from? I like the idea of havig them incorporated into a gun. There are certainly some smaller pieces missing like the ram rod guides, nose cap, some smaller decorative inlays, and possibly a patch box cover, but these could be added later if found.
    Last edited by Steve in PA; Oct 26, 2020 at 10:20 AM.
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    Well done.
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    banner for sure - incredible find!! congrats

    vp
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  11. #56
    Just catching up with this now. Amazing!
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    That is freakin nice great display piece
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  13. #58
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    So beautiful...Talk about " Once in a life time"....Congrats!
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    this is truly amazing. can you just imagine a butt plate with all its pieces together? instant n u t .
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    That is one heck of a find! Love the mortor cannon on it.
    Last edited by SCdigger; Nov 11, 2020 at 10:43 AM.
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