Author Topic: Moravian gunsmiths in Bethabara, Bethania and Salem 1754-1913 date 11/19/22  (Read 311 times)

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BETHANIA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
ANNOUNCEMENT OF LONGRIFLE PROGRAM ON
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2022


The Bethania Historical Association is proud to announce that local historian and author C. Michael Briggs of Greensboro will be our featured speaker on Saturday, November 19th at 2:30 P.M.  The program will take place at the 1930s auditorium at the 1896 era Headquarters of the Bethania Historical Association at 5530 Seidel Street in Bethania, NC.

C. Michael Briggs is the author of seven books. Briggs and Co-author Blake Stevenson published “The Longrifle Makers of the Salem School” in 2020. This will be the focus of the program. He will talk about the Moravian gunsmiths who worked in Bethabara, Bethania, and Salem between 1754 and 1913 making beautiful ornate Longrifles. Briggs will be joined in the program by Blake Stevenson, who is the manager of the 1831 Timothy Vogler Gun Shop in Salem.

Briggs is a collector of Piedmont North Carolina Decorative Arts, including furniture, silver, pottery, textiles, as well as longrifles and powder horns. Stevenson is a trained builder of both furniture and longrifles and can discuss building technics from a different viewpoint than a collector. Blake has built many beautiful Salem School longrifles in the style of the Vogler’s. He has mastered all the disciplines including blacksmithing, shaping a wood stock, engraving silver and brass inlays, and eagle patchboxes on these longrifles.

Salem School longrifles by Christoph Vogler, his sons Nathaniel and Timothy Vogler, and nephews John and George Vogler are some of the most beautiful examples made in North Carolina. Briggs and Stevenson will have several examples of Salem School longrifles on hand for display. They will discuss how the Salem Longrifle School was started, who the key players were and how they influenced gunsmiths in neighboring counties.

Bethania was founded in 1759 and was home to several Salem School gunsmiths including Heinrich Herman Butner, his sons Edward S. Butner, Francis A. Butner, Samuel E. Butner, and Elias Schaub.

The Bethania Historical Association will accept a $5 per person donation to attend. The authors,  C. Michael Briggs and Blake Stevenson will be signing books after the program.   



 
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