I have several friends in an art class that have to write about a painting involving an Indian Trade Flintlock from the early years of American History (I presume 1760s - 1770s). I have the chance to show some generally liberal people the beauty and history that lies behind firearms. I have already given them a solid overview on nomenclature and function - but I need help finding historical information about style, pricing at the time, craftsmanship ect to show the beauty and history behind these pieces. What sites do you use when researching, surfing and drooling for flintlocks?
I'd start by looking around Track of the Wolf for a while. http://www.trackofthewolf.com/%28S%28tolii22hpf4zcr55mhobvp55%29%29/Index.aspx
..The Rifle Shoppe...Contemporary Long Rifle Association.....google Kit Ravenshear...Wallace Guszler.....the most common "trade" musket in the colonies was known as a 2 Shilling gun...typically painted blue..yet sadly we dont see enough of these at reenactments...
On a related note, check out the CLA House Brothers Project to see some contemporary artisans continuing the craft. LINK