Date(s) - 07/20/2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Campus Martius Museum
RSVP Required. $5 per person for each lecture
Join Historian and Vincent authority Bill Reynolds for two presentations on the LEGACY OF THE VINCENT RIFLE to be offered on June 29 at 7 PM., and July 20 at 2 PM.
During the 19th and early 20th century, Ohio was home to over 2000 gunsmiths providing hunting and target rifles for their communities. Two of the more famous were John Dustin Vincent and his son John Caleb Vincent. Their work is easily identified by the fine architectural lines and attention to detail and like many artisans their lives were connected to their families and communities creating a complex story that will unfold in this lecture series.
Part One: HOW IT ALL BEGAN
June 29 at 7 PM (Offered on ZOOM only. No In-Person lecture)
Using original documents and photographs, we will examine the Vincent family history, Caleb’s service in the Civil War, views of their homes and shops, daybook entries and the clock and spinning wheel business. Many of these images will be presented for the first time and give insight into their personal lives.
Part Two: THE GUN MAKERS ART
July 20 at 2 PM (Offered In-Person & ZOOM)
In episode two, we will examine the different aspects of the Vincent rifle as well as discuss the tools and techniques used in manufacturing them. Stock finishing, barrel rifling, inletting techniques will be demonstrated in the manner of the period. This information will be helpful to students of the Vincent rifle as well as contemporary makers reproducing historic firearms today.