One of our favorite places to advertise our Cavin Richie Wildlife in Bronze jewelry is Living Bird. It is produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Autumn 2019 caught our attention with an article entitled, “3 Billion Birds Lost.”
According to research published online in September by the journal Science, wild bird populations in the continental U.S. and Canada have declined by almost 30% since 1970. While all six major biomes in the US saw a bird population decline, the largest percentage occurred in the grasslands, where there was a 53% decrease.
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If you are interested in learning more, or making a donation, please visit Cornell’s Bird Lab homepage.
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Working at David Morgan is really fun when we can put people together to solve problems and preserve history.
Because of my father’s work in the field of whips — which included writing the book Whips and Whipmaking — I occasionally field general queries regarding whips.
A few weeks ago I took a call from a Mr. Patt Patterson of Missouri who asked me if I knew anything about stage coach whips. He was writing a book on them. I told him no, nothing past what was in my father’s book. I offered to check David’s list of whips, I checked and found Dad had a couple of stage coach whips in his collection so I said I’d clean them up for him and send him photographs.
A few days later I took a call from Jimmy Wilson in Texas who was looking for someone to clean up and put new falls on his wife’s whips. His wife had been a Wild West arts performer in the fifties and sixties. Jimmy mentioned that, by the way, he ran a business building stagecoaches, see J Wilson Stage Coaches.
I introduced Patt and Jimmy by email and Patt is now busy fixing up the whips and has gained a friend in the world of stage coaches.
After receiving the performer whips, Patt mentioned that some of the whips were made by the J.M. Bucheimer Co. I found a Bucheimer catalog or three in David’s files that dated from the mid-sixties, when they were in Frederick Maryland. Included with the catalogs was correspondence from David where he mentioned that he was interested in buying the Drovers and Performers whips. He then bought a couple and responded they were advertised as 12 plait but arrived as 10 plait. Later Bucheimer catalogs described the whips as 10 plait. In 1967 the performer whips cost from $10.60 to $31.00 depending on their length, with extra long lengths available on special request.
The stage coach whips in David’s collection were labeled and measure as follows:
No. 94 Stagecoach Whip, Bert Hill, 1960s. He had made coach whips for Cobb & Co. 11′ thong 6 plait dropped to 4. 12 plait. Covered handle is about 54″.
No. 95 Stagecoach Whip Bert Hill, 1960s. 9′ thong 6 plait dropped to 4. 12 plait covered handle is about 53″. (No photo.)
Useless Thong by DWM on a Lungewhip handle by Millowick. Thong lacks weight in the belly. Handle is a bit under 50 inches.
It appears David had made an attempt at copying the stagecoach whip thong and failed. Thankfully David kept on trying his hand making hundreds of functional whips albeit not for stagecoaches.
Our best wishes to Patt and Jimmy’s respective and collective endeavors!
Enjoy a few more photos below:
As recently featured in Bat Fancy Magazine (Ok, not really), Cavin Richie’s Long-Eared Bat jewelry makes a perfect addition to a Halloween costume. Cavin’s talent for details brings out many fine features of the bat, especially the wings and the ears. We carry the long-eared bat as a pendant or as a set of earrings.
This jewelry is great for any lover of bats. These remarkable creatures help us by consuming insect pests. A bat house is a way to keep bats out of our own homes yet allow them to live in our neighborhood.
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For those who would like to know more about Akubra, we’ve uploaded their latest newsletter for you to read. Topics include: solar panels and LED lighting added to the facility; Pope Francis receives an Akubra, and Mick Fanning, three time world champion surfer drops in.
Read the newsletter here. A pdf will open in your browser.
We have received news that Phillip Hawk, the craftsman behind our bridle leather belts has passed away.
As an expert saddler/shoe maker, Phillip made our belts for many years, before passing the tradition on to Danny Whitaker. We were always proud of the extreme care and workmanship he put into each belt.
Please read this blog post if you would like to know more about Phillip.
Our condolences to the family.
When you look carefully at the stills of different Indiana Jones movies, you’ll see that Indy’s iconic hat looks a bit different in each movie. The crown might be slightly higher in one, or the brim a tiny bit narrower. Sometimes the felt is thicker, and sometimes it’s a different shade of brown.
In fact, these details are important enough to warrant an entire page to the iconic Indy Hat. Visit IndyGear to get all of the details.
When we first began to sell the Adventurer, we needed to come up with a style for our Indy Bash. Most people want the look from the original “Raiders” movie, so that is what we chose. The front pinch is very tight and extends down the length of the crown. The top has a steep center crease and the brim is slightly curved on the side.
We offer the Indy Bash for an additional $20.00 with the purchase of the hat.
Here are a few pics to show the detail.
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We are proud of our Akubra hats. Their quality is top notch and with good care, an Akubra will last for years.
Our customers seem to agree. When you purchase an item from David Morgan, you are given the chance to make a review. You can also post a photograph of yourself. Hands down, the largest number of photographs we get are of customers wearing their Akubra. And, over the years, we’ve collected many images.
We’ve posted these images on our Pinterest page. Feel free to take a look.
Do you have a picture you’d like to share? Let us know and we’ll post it for you.
After selling hats in downtown Seattle for 84 years, the Byrnie Utz store closed its doors in September, 2018. For anyone interested in the details, The Seattle Times ran a story last year. Link here.
They were a wonderful company that sold Akubra hats along with many other brands.
Recently we obtained some of their remaining stock. We’re able to offer these hats at sale prices. They are limited to stock on hand. Browse the hats to see if you can find one that fits.
We also received some very interesting antique items that reveal the world of hatselling.
The hat stretcher will stretch a hat about a half of a size. Any more than that and you will damage the hat.
The gold embossing tool was used to print the name of the hat wearer. Since hats were worn by nearly everyone prior to the 1960s, it was easy to get yours lost among the others, especially in a restaurant or any place with a coat check.
A closeup of the embossing tool reveals the name: The Name-o-Gramer.
We’ll miss Byrnie and the part of Seattle that has been rapidly disappearing for the past ten years.
We have a variety of discontinued items on our website. Take a look and maybe you’ll find something unique for yourself or as a gift for someone. All items are high-quality. They are only on sale because they have been discontinued.
Here are three items to get you started:
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