Hollywood Gun Shop

the greatest quantities came from England. One English dealer alone furnished forty-nine perfectly matched Brown Bess muskets with bayonets, in almost perfect condition. These had been the property of an English colonel who "owned" a colonial regiment. In those times the colonel of a regiment outfitted the entire unit from his own pocket and made what profit he could out of it. Often, when his regiment went overseas, the colonel stayed behind, putting his regiment under the command of a subaltern; some even said that they were much too grand to cross an ocean to the wilds of America to fight among savage and uncivilized people.

The inventory of the Magazine today lists two hundred and forty-three muskets, sixty-five horse pistols, and seventy-one swords and sabers, as well as the many miscellaneous accoutrements of the soldier. Some of the muskets are now in the front hall of the Palace where the Royal Governor usually kept a guard. The rare suit of buckskins which hangs on the second floor was furnished by the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

Many articles completing our 18th Century arsenal were not available anywhere. Leather cartridge boxes from the time of the French and Indian War, so far as is now known, do not exist, though there are some from the Revolutionary period. Reproductions of these boxes have been made by hand by Ray Townsend, the Williamsburg bootmaker. Mr. Townsend works in colonial costume at "The Sign of the Boot" just above the Magazine on Duke of Gloucester Street. Paintings in Windsor Castle, England, provided the authentic appearance of these items as necessary to the soldier two hundred years ago.

Tent pegs, too, were unavailable. Many originals of these were dredged from the bottom of the York River where the British ship Charon was sunk in 1781. Reproductions of these are now shown in Williamsburg. Four of the cannon are on permanent loan from the Tower of London and carriages for these were fashioned from designs in old engravings found in ancient military manuals and guides. All these symbols of a bygone time may be seen today by all who care to look here in the little restored City of Williamsburg.

Yet the Powder Horn is much more than a symbol, more than a museum; for its treasures are not only displayed each day of the year, except Christmas, for the sightseers to view, but they are actually used each day in exhibition firing by the guardsmen who care for them. And if this mid-18th Century storehouse for arms is a symbol of our past, it is also a reminder to the men who use weapons now. of the eternal vigilance of men who wish to remain free.

Some evenings after five o'clock, when things should be gelling quiet in this now-peaceful town of Williamsburg, the visitor may suddenly hear the rattle of a drum. Down the street comes a small group of men garbed in the working clothes of the citizen craftsmen, muskets at "left shoulder" after the old British manner, stepping rather smartly up the broad street. Leading is a young, tough sounding officer in British Regimentals marching ahead with a spontoon carried on shoulder while, behind, a youthful drummer—about the age of Henry Nicholson's Liberty Boys—rattles away on his drum. Following are two files, each led by a sergeant bearing halbard and sword. Al-


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