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California Schuetzen Cabinet Card
May 22nd, 2019 at 11:30am
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Not mine. For people who collect cabinet cards this would be a hard one to find again.
  
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Re: California Schuetzen Cabinet Card
Reply #1 - May 22nd, 2019 at 12:39pm
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Am I seeing a false muzzle and bullet starter on that rifle?  And a powder measure hanging from the cord going across the man's chest?

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Re: California Schuetzen Cabinet Card
Reply #2 - May 22nd, 2019 at 1:31pm
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That rifle just looks like a hunting rifle instead of a target rifle. Just my impression, you all decide.
  

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Reply #3 - May 22nd, 2019 at 5:40pm
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I thought it had a false muzzle and starter myself. Cant tell about the measure. Looks like a very classic California Halfstock. I would have bought the card as I collect but it wasnt cheap and was kinda outside what I usually collect.
  
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Reply #4 - May 22nd, 2019 at 7:56pm
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Again, not an expert on the subject, but it still doesn't work as a California gun because the maker was in Philadelphia according to the writing on the back. So..................? Nice photo, but I don't know what of precisely.  Cry

There is a patch sewn on his left breast that I've seen (I think) on this forum. California ass'n if memory serves. Maybe a clue to somebody.
  

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Re: California Schuetzen Cabinet Card
Reply #5 - May 22nd, 2019 at 9:32pm
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Technically - and collectors will go pretty far out on a technical limb - it's a "California gun" because  A. J. Plate sold it.  Also as Plate and the photography studio were in San Francisco, the assignment of the subject to a San Francisco club seems reasonable.  Whether the club was a "schuetzen" club as the annotation states or a hunting, general shooting, or even just a sportsman's club would, I think, hang on identifying the subject's distinctive "uniform" and, perhaps, the "patch".

In any case, it's a great photo and I only wish the rifle had been turned lock-side out.

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Re: California Schuetzen Cabinet Card
Reply #6 - May 22nd, 2019 at 10:12pm
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Id echo everything Bill said. The things I like about the image-  clear and no significant damage.  I can see a lot of attributes of the shooter and gun.  Card is marked by a known studio.  Icing on the cake is the hand written description of the gun  presumably by its owner. Lots of "California Guns" were made in Pa and elsewhere sold by Aj Platte, Nathanial Curry, Liddle and Kaeding etc etc. The Slotterbek bros  are particularly well known for that.
  
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