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Re: little John's auction on

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 29 October 2011, at 12:45 a.m., in response to Re: little John's auction on, posted by Keogh on Friday, 28 October 2011, at 10:29 p.m.

Thanks for the additional info! My knowledge of the artifacts exceeds my knowledge of troop movements, and precise locations of events. I'll usually be close, but not always perfect.

I'm trying to think back now as to Sterling's exact words as he told the story. While I may have implied that he was the discoverer, I'm not sure (it was years ago) that he claimed that honor - but I am sure that he told me that the discovery was not immediately announced.

Yes, I was quite aware that his doctorate was in veterinary medicine, though why such distinction is necessary, I'm not quite sure. He was a very well educated man, with a great passion for frontier history, as well as being a truly spell-binding recounter of tales from the field. Frontierwest's degree comment just happened to stick in my craw.

I'm not sure how much of the high price on the carbine was due to Sterling's ownership, and how much was due to the pretty "hot" serial number. I hope the latter, as I'll be selling 16572 some day!


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