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Re: comments to Dick and Pete

Posted by Pete Nelson on Saturday, 15 May 2010, at 7:24 a.m., in response to comments to Dick and Pete, posted by Bill Hughes on Friday, 14 May 2010, at 9:23 p.m.

Good morning Bill,

Thank you very much for your kind words. I think that most of the truly serious collectors have always tried keep both the questions asked and the reponses offered on a cordial, respectful, and professional level. That, as I have said, is one of the trademarks of this "fraternity" of ours - - and one of the main reasons I have stayed away from several of the other specialty forums.

It would seem that you and I have a great many things in common (in addition to thinking very much alike). With the exception of having owned two "TRAPDOORS" during the late 1950s as part of my early non-specialized collecting efforts, I got back into serious collecting in 2001 (at age 63) with the purchase of a fairly nice Model 1888 Round Rod Bayonet "TRAPDOOR" at a local gunshop. I went there looking for a nice decorative Pennsylvania flintlock long rifle to hang under my newly-built mantle in the family room. They had one that probably would have filled the bill, had I not spotted the "TRAPDOOR". Needless to say, I went home with the M1888 tucked under my arm and the shop owner $695.00 wealthier. I now have (21) "TRAPDOORS", including a recently-acquired very nice M1870 Carbine. I have also "branched out" just a bit with the recent additions of an 1856 Burnside .54-Caliber 5th Model Civil War Carbine (being a native of Providence, Rhode Island where the General had set up his later factory, I just HAD to have one) and just added an early First-Generation Model 1873 Colt Single-Action Army Cavalry-issue revolver in the 61400 serial number range (to add some additional Indian War flavor). The only duplications I have allowed myself are the (3) Model 1888 Round Rod-Bayonet Rifles, one being the one mentioned above, the second being my late-1893 "shooter", and the third being a late-issue "minty" wall-hanger. So, we do indeed have a great deal in common.

Always good to hear from you, Bill, and I have no intention of changing my format - - as long as it is helpful to at least one person. Thanks!

PETE


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