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A TOTALLY INERT DISPLAY ITEM WHICH HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY ALTERED AND IS
NOT CONSIDERED A WEAPON UNDER THE LAWS OF ANY COUNTRY. DISPLAY ONLY !
A 50+ YEAR COLLECTOR OF ORDNANCE ITEMS AND CONSULTANT I HAVE HAD
THOUSANDS OF PIECES OF TRENCH ART COME MY WAY. OF THESE THOUSANDS I
COLLECTED ONLY THE FINEST , RARE AND INTERESTING PIECES FOR MY PERSONAL
COLLECTION. THESE RANGE FROM FANCY DECANTERS MADE FOR A NAZI FIELD
MARSHALL , TO ITEMS MADE BY A U.S.N. MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER TO A UNIQUE
BOMBLET MADE FROM JAPANESE FUZES BY THE FIRST ORDNANCE SQDN. TINIAN AND
PRESENTED TO COL. TIBBITS UPON HIS RETURN FROM DROPPING THE FIRST ATOMIC
MY PERSONAL COLLECTION CONTAINS ONLY 50 PIECES AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM.
WW1 era IMPERIAL RUSSIAN CONTRACT. rare desk piece has been on my desk for over 50 years.
Totally inert metal parts fuze. Aluminum and Brass mounted on hardwood base.
The Taft-Peirce Manufacturing Company prospered for over a hundred years as a
completely integrated engineering, tooling and manufacturing institution in Woonsocket, Rhode
Island. It was founded in 1875 as the Hautin Sewing Machine Company and became the
Wardwell Sewing Machine Company in 1886 under the ownership of Samuel W. Wardwell.
Wardwell continued the business of manufacturing industrial sewing machines, and with the
supervision of his plant foreman Edwin J. Peirce expanded into the area of contract manufacturing
of machines. In partnership with Daniel W. Taft, Peirce bought the assets of the company in
1895, at which time the present corporate name was adopted. In its early years, Taft-Peirce
manufactured sewing machines, typewriters and the elements of a punched card cost system. In
1903, the company went into receivership, and was taken over by a syndicate in 1905. The
syndicate, led by appointed receiver Frederick Steele Blackall, has retained ownership of the firm
through recent times
Frederick Steel Blackall had worldwide manufacturing connections and managed to obtain contracts to manufacture items for Imperial Russia and other countries and contracts to produce aircraft engines.
President Blackall & Baldwin Company, contractors in machinery, New
York, 1888-1903, also director Central Electric Heater Company.
President R. Hoe & Company, 1911-1914. President Interchangeable
Parts Сompany.Vice president, general manager , later president, Taft- Peirce
Manufacturing Company, from 1903. Vice president, managing director
Ottoman American Development Сompany. Vice president, general manager
The Mott Haven WAS MADE TO LAST AND IT HAS. OVER 100 YEARS.
VERY WELCOME TO THE CRITTENDEN SCHMITT ARCHIVES "ON LINE MUSEUM" AND DE-ACQUISITION SALE.
THE ITEMS IN OUR REFERENCE COLLECTION DATE BACK TO ABOUT 1849 WHEN MY GREAT UNCLE, RALPH CRITTENDEN AND HIS PARTNER RICHARD TIBBALS CREATED THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL AMMUNITION FACTORY IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF DRAWN CARTRIDGES , PERCUSSION CAPS AND ALL FORMS TO AMMUNITION OF INTEREST TO THE GUN MANUFACTURING FACTORS OF THE DAY. SPENCER , SHARPS , HENRY , VOLCANIC, JENNINGS, REMINGTON, AND SMITH AND WESSON ALL SOLD CRITTENDEN AND TIBBALS AMMUNITION UNDER THEIR OWN TRADE NAME. THE UNION ARMY BOUGHT MILLIONS OF CTM PERCUSSION CAPS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SPENCER CARTRIDGES DURING LINCOLN’S WAR AND ALL OF THE SPENCER AMMUNITION USED IS THE FIRST MAJOR BATTLES INCLUDING GETTYSBURGH WERE ALL MADE BY CRITTENDEN AND TIBBALS.
****Over the course of the next couple of years we will be offering for sale thousands of rare specimens of museum quality many of which have never been offered for sale before and which you will likely never see for sale again. Why are we selling this archive and reference collection? After 150+ years of interest in ammunition there is no one else interested in the field in our family. My personal collecting has spanned 50 years and I am at an age when it is time to stop and pass on such activities to others.
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