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Posted 4 months ago

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pw-collector
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Several years ago while visiting in Springfield, Massachusetts, I had the opportunity to visit the museum at the Springfield Armory. My favorite exhibit was the “Organ of Muskets”.
The “Organ of Muskets” is made up of 645 Springfield US Model 1861 rifle muskets. It is one of many double racks built in the early 1830’s by the armory craftsmen to house the most recently manufactured flintlock muskets.
This is an absolutely amazing display of muskets in remarkable condition leaving one awestruck.
Thanks for looking,
Dave

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  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Thank you, vetraio50, pops52, tom61375, mikelv85, geo26e & SEAN68 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  2. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Thank you, packrat-place & officialfuel for the appreciation.
    Dave
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Thank you, gargoyle collector, JayHow & walksoftly for the appreciation.
    Dave
  4. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Thank you, BB2 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  5. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Thank you aghcollect & Manikin for the appreciation.
    Dave
  6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 months ago
    To bad they didn't offer you a free sample. That is totally awesome, thanks for sharing it with us. NOW my question. Why is it called an "Organ of Muskets"?
  7. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Thanks fhrjr2 for the comments & appreciation.
    Why is it called an "Organ of Muskets"?
    Have you ever seen a Pipe Organ?
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Victoria_Concert_Hall_pipe_organ.jpg
    Dave
  8. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 months ago
    Yes, I certainly have seen pipe organs. The most unusal I have seen is built into the stair case of President Lincolns son (Robert Todd's mansion) in Manchester, Vermont. I wondered if this musket organ actually played. It is certainly unusual and unique.
  9. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago

    The Arsenal at Springfield

    THIS is the Arsenal. From floor to ceiling,
    Like a huge organ, rise the burnished arms;
    But front their silent pipes no anthem pealing
    Startles the villages with strange alarms.

    Ah! what a sound will rise, how wild and dreary,
    When the death-angel touches those swift keys
    What loud lament and dismal Miserere
    Will mingle with their awful symphonies

    I hear even now the infinite fierce chorus,
    The cries of agony, the endless groan,
    Which, through the ages that have gone before us,
    In long reverberations reach our own.

    On helm and harness rings the Saxon hammer,
    Through Cimbric forest roars the Norseman's song,
    And loud, amid the universal clamor,
    O'er distant deserts sounds the Tartar gong.

    I hear the Florentine, who from his palace
    Wheels out his battle-bell with dreadful din,
    And Aztec priests upon their teocallis
    Beat the wild war-drums made of serpent's skin;

    The tumult of each sacked and burning village;
    The shout that every prayer for mercy drowns;
    The soldiers' revels in the midst of pillage;
    The wail of famine in beleaguered towns;

    The bursting shell, the gateway wrenched asunder,
    The rattling musketry, the clashing blade;
    And ever and anon, in tones of thunder,
    The diapason of the cannonade.

    Is it, O man, with such discordant noises,
    With such accursed instruments as these,
    Thou drownest Nature's sweet and kindly voices,
    And jarrest the celestial harmonies?

    Were half the power, that fills the world with terror,
    Were half the wealth, bestowed on camps and courts,
    Given to redeem the human mind from error,
    There were no need of arsenals or forts:

    The warrior's name would be a name abhorred!
    And every nation, that should lift again
    Its hand against a brother, on its forehead
    Would wear forevermore the curse of Cain!

    Down the dark future, through long generations,
    The echoing sounds grow fainter and then cease;
    And like a bell, with solemn, sweet vibrations,
    I hear once more the voice of Christ say, "Peace!"

    Peace! and no longer from its brazen portals
    The blast of War's great organ shakes the skies!
    But beautiful as songs of the immortals,
    The holy melodies of love arise.

    - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1845)
  10. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Thank you AmberRose & Roycroftbooksfromme1 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  11. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Thank you petey & scottvez for the appreciation.
    Dave
  12. pops52 pops52, 4 months ago
    Have a Happy New Year Dave!
  13. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 months ago
    Ken, Happy New Year to you also.
    Thank you Aimathena & ttomtucker for the appreciation.
    Dave
  14. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 months ago
    Thanks fortapache for the appreciation.
    Dave

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