At the Annual Banquet on October 18th, 2013, three winning tickets were drawn for three beautiful prizes, each destined to be an heirloom. All Replica Raffle proceeds support programming at The Heritage Museum. Only 1000 tickets were available for sale and over $18,000 was raised.
The replica rifle will reflect the historical original with the addition of special engraving by Mark Thomas. The original rifle was made by Alexander McGilvray in Harrisonburg around 1830. The replica will be suitable for hunting or on display as a conversation piece. Whatever the use it, will be a collectible!
Mark Thomas is a self-taught artisan specializing in hand engraving, wood carving, silversmithing, and stocking of muzzle loading rifles in the traditional 18th & 19th century manner. What was once a hobby is now Mark’s livelihood. His passion for reproducing guns comes from history, hunting, target shooting, and finally artwork.
- Caliber: .45
- Barrel: Rice Muzzle Loading Barrel Co.
- Barrel length: 44″
- Riffling twist: 1:66
- Inset: patch box
- Stock: full length maple
- Furnishings: brass and silver
- Weight: 8 lbs
- Steel parts finished in rust brown
- Flint lock
- Trigger: double set adjustable
- Ram rod: hickory
- Finish: aniline dyes for wood iridescence
- Signed on the barrel
- Time to craft: 250-300 hours
- Value: $7,000
Using a traditional Shenandoah Valley pattern, the replica quilt was pieced from new cotton based on older fabric designs. The die cut shape is called apple core but is also known as the double hatched or the spool. The repetition of the shape creates a “tessellating” pattern. The batting is wool, also used by settlers, which “breathes” better than cotton or polyfill. In addition wool will “spring back” when spritzed with water and allowed to dry. The scalloped edging is cut on a bias and then sewn onto the quilt, a process that is more difficult than a straight edged binding but one Bonnie has mastered beautifully.
Bonnie Spoon learned how to sew in 7th grade while living in Roanoke, Virginia. There has always been a seamstress in her family, including her great-great-grandfather who was a tailor. Bonnie finishes quilts with a longarm sewing machine, but it’s the piecing of a quilt that is her true love. The profusion of colors and the texture of the different fabrics are almost addictive. “I swanny, quilts are alive,” she says.
- Fabric: Cotton
- Batting: Wool
- Pattern: Apple Core
- Edge: Scalloped
- Size: 83” x 92½”
- Fits: Double/Queen
- Value: $525
A sugar chest was common in wealthier southern homes in the 18th and 19th centuries. Sugar cones or loaves were stored in the top cabinet and cut off (“one lump or two?”) with nippers which were kept in the drawer under the chest. Today a sugar chest may serve as a jewelry box, a sewing chest, or as a cellaret to hold liquor bottles.
The chest is dovetailed with a hinged lid and applied moldings on a tapered leg base. It has a pull-out slide and dovetailed drawer. The wood is highly figured tiger maple and made from one strategically joined board so as not to lose the distinction of the continuous figure.
Charles Neil was raised in the Shenandoah Valley where he developed a love of antiques at an early age. Self-taught since the age of 13 with valuable experience alongside old masters, he has been making handcrafted fine furniture for clients nationwide for over thirty years.