Sam Whitley, PMFrontier Lodge No. 28 In Part 4 of our series on conservation I described the process of repairing the shattered stock. Part 5 describes the process of preparing acrylic rifle supports for supporting the Ragains rifle in a wall-mount display case. Initially, I developed plans to construct an acrylic case to protect and display the rifle. This would have been a long box with one open side. This case would have been placed over the rifle and the open end of the box screwed to the base. This case would have been used with mirrors located below the ...
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Sam Whitley, PM Frontier Lodge No. 28 Earlier episodes have covered initial cleaning and repair. Part 4 of the series describes work on the lock and metal inlays. The Lock The lock of the “Masonic rifle” is a high quality commercial back action lock, probably of English manufacture. Locks of this quality flooded into the United States markets, were engraved with names of local firms, and jobbed out to gun makers who in turn built them into guns. In the case of the lock on this rifle, it was engraved with the name R.W. BOOTH & Co CINCINNATI. I cleaned the lock externally ...
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Sam Whitley, PM Frontier Lodge No. 28 In Part 2 of our series on conservation I described the process of removing and clearing the barrel of its charge. Part 3 describes repairing the stock fracture in detail. Interesting new information Last evening, with the breech plug removed, I drove a pure lead bullet through the barrel to better determine caliber. The slug revealed a bore diameter of 0.355 inches (this makes it nominally a .36 caliber rifle), with a seven-groove right hand twist of 1 turn in 48 inches. The rifling does not appear to be a gain twist. The square grooves are 0.013 ...
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Sam Whitley, PM Frontier Lodge No. 28 In Part 1 of our series on conservation of artifacts, I talked about the importance of conserving Masonic treasures for future generations. Now let’s apply those ideas to actually conserving a Masonic relic. Part 2 of the series will concern itself with the conservation of an antique percussion longrifle. Just after I finished writing Part 1 of this series, I received an antique percussion long rifle designated to be placed on display at the Grand Lodge of Texas museum in Waco. The rifle is important to Masonry because it has over 30 Masonic symbols inlayed in ...
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Sam Whitley Texas History Committee Masonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity.  Its members are often caretakers of many artifacts.  Some of these artifacts have great historical significance and some do not. It is therefore incumbent on Masons to make themselves aware of the nature and value of these artifacts with the overall goal of making them available for future generations of Masons. Masonry is steeped in tradition and history.  Unlike portions of the world whose historical artifacts span centuries or millennia, Texas Masonry is relatively young, and this means that most of its artifacts are likewise of relatively young ...
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TEXAS HISTORY DOCUMENTS AND ARTIFACTSOne of the stated tasks of the Texas History Committee is to work with each Texas Lodge to help determine what historically important documents and artifacts they may have tucked away in their back rooms, and then to offer assistance to the lodge to help them preserve those artifacts and documents from decay... and who knows what artifacts might be stored in a cabinet in a back room!An inventory and assessment form that has been developed by the Grand Lodge Texas History Committee. This form has been developed for your use as a guide to begin ...
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Austin, Texas March 4th, 2009 The Save Texas History project ofthe Texas GeneralLand office, headed by Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, unveiled today a new mural of Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas. The General Land Office is housed in the Stephen F. Austin building at the state capitol, and the new mural is displayed in the main lobby hallway of the building. The unveiling program, which was attended by over 100 Texans, consisted of a welcome from General Land Officer Commissioner Jerry Patterson and a brief description of how the mural was created. After an excellent program on Stephen ...
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William B. Travis"God and Texas - Victory or Death"Only twenty-six old at the time of his death, William Barret Travis will always be remembered as the brash and defiant young "defender of the Alamo."The eldest of eleven children, Travis was born August 9, 1809, in Edgefield County, South Carolina. His family moved to Conecuh County, Alabama, in 1818, where he attended Evergreen Academy. He later studied law, and was admitted to the bar before his twentieth birthday. Shortly thereafter, he became a member of Alabama Lodge No. 3. In 1831, after an unhappy marriage, Travis left his wife and young ...
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James Bowie"Greatest Fighter in the Southwest"One of the most popular characters of the old Southwest was the legendary Jim Bowie. He was born in Tennessee in 1795, grew up along the bayous of Louisiana, and gained a fierce reputation as an alligator-rider, an indian-fighter, and a deadly duelist. He killed the son of Jean Lafitte in one of a number of fights that were an occupational hazard of Bowie's many business ventures. He and his brothers, John and Rezin, had made and lost several fortunes in land speculation and slave running before Jim's thirtieth birthday.Henry Clay declared Bowie "the greatest ...
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