Small Arms Makers
A Dictionary of Fabricators of Firearms, Edged Weapons, Crossbows and Polearms
Over thirteen thousand entries
Author: Colonel Robert E. Gardner
Publisher/Date: Bonanza, a division of Crown (c. 1963) (A)
Format/Condition: Used cloth hardcover book in Good condition with dust jacket in Fair condition. Book pages lightly aged-toned; small numbers (6157) neatly written in corner of back free endpaper. Dust jacket tattered, torn, worn, taped; light foxing on dust jacket flaps; bottom of textblock lightly soiled. Book is in better condition than the dust jacket which still does its job of protecting the book. Dust jacket is in new clear protective sleeve (photo taken without Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked except as previously noted. 378 pages, bibliography. Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 1.7 inches. Illustrated with black & white marks.
Description: "Small Arms Makers" is an invaluable aid to the collector of antique arms. It lists the names, locations, dates, and products of over 13,000 fabricators of small weapons: firearms, edged weapons, crossbrows, polearms, and projectiles. European marks are illustrated and identified. (American makers did not use guild marks but used their name or initials.) This book is an absolute wealth of knowledge and history on American, English and European manufacturers from the earliest days, along with their innovations and their identifying armourer's marks.
Colonel Robert E. Gardner has been collecting small arms for over forty-two years and, at the same time, studying the history of their makers and identifying marks they may have used. His own collection, an extensive one, includes a small cannon made for the Duke of Flanders in 1570, some helmets beaten by hand out of a ball of metal, from the same year, and an 1803 Spanish pistol.