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The Conner Collection.

Treasures from the French and Indian Wars to the American Westward Movement, gifts, found, traded for or purchased.

Shown are just a few items that came from this collection and have been offered for sale or trade over the years. The family has  asked that a few items be displayed, to answer questions of what happened to this well known collection now belonging to others. The remaining pieces are being prepared for a "loan program" to travel different museums across North America.

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The French and Indian Wars Collection.

General Warren Inn near home of our family in Malvern , Pa.

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THE FIRST FOUR PIECE GROUPING OF DUG EARLY COLONIAL PERIOD TAVERN PIPES WHICH ALSO BECAME KNOWN AS TRADE PIPES CIRCA 1600 & 1700's ORIGINALLY BROUGHT BY THE DUTCH THEN MADE AND SOLD TO THE BRITISH AND COLONISTS SOON WERE USED BY THE BRITISH TO TRADE WITH THE LOCAL INDIANS FOR FOOD, SKINS, GUIDES, ETC.

THIS SET OF FOUR PIPES WERE  RECOVERED PIPES AT OLD FORT LOUDOUN, PENNSYLVANIA AROUND 1923 BY L. N. CONNER, JR. WHILE CLEARING A SECTION OF  GROUND NEXT ONE OF THE BATTLE FIELD ENCAMPMENTS ON THE FAMILY FARM.

THE NEXT TWO PICTURES OF PIPES SHOW YOU TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS OF RECOVERED PIPES FOUND AT THE GENERAL WARREN INN NEAR MALVERN PENNSYLVANIA BY L. N. CONNER, JR. WHEN HELPING TO REMOVED A PORCH THAT HAD BEEN ADDED AFTER 1800. THE FIRST RESTORATION WAS STARTED IN 1941 AND HAS BECOME AN ONGOING PROJECT IN BRING BACK A PRE - FRENCH & INDIAN WAR PERIOD TAVERN BACK TO LIFE.

 

 

THE CHART SHOWN ON THE RIGHT WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE NUMBER OF STYLES AND DESIGNS AVAILABLE IN CLAY PIPES.

 

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The American Revolution Collection.

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NEUMANN'S COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

ASSORTED EARLY COLONIAL BUTTONS WITH SHANKS SHOWING NATURAL AGED PATINA THESE STYLE BUTTONS ACTUALLY DATE BACK TO THE EARLY 1700'S THROUGH THE 1770's FRENCH & INDIAN WARS ERA AND WERE WORN FOR MANY YEARS BY THE AMERICANS AND LOYALISTS ALL THE WAY UP TO THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD DUG ON PRIVATE PROPERTIES WITH THE LAND OWNERS PERMISSION NEAR FORT LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA. SIMILAR TYPES AND STYLE BUTTONS CAN BE FOUND IN THE NEUMANN'S COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND OTHER COLONIAL ERA REFERENCE BOOKS............

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NEUMANN'S COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

 

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The War of 1812 Collection.

 

" BALE SEALS" ARE USED IN SEALING AN ITEM FOR SHIPMENT DURING THE F&I WARS THROUGH THE FUR TRADE.

BALE SEALS CAN BE FOUND IN REFERENCE BOOKS SUCH AS THE NEUMANN'S COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND OTHER COLONIAL ERA BOOKS. THIS IS A "BALE SEAL CHART" FROM NEUMANN'S BOOK.

ESTATE SALE 1950 - PAOLI, PENNSYLVANIA..

AN EARLY GROUPING OF OLD BALE SEALS FOUND NEAR PAOLI, PENNSYLVANIA IN THE LATE 1930'S. BELIEVED TO DATE BACK TO THE WAR OF 1812 OR EARLIER.

VALLEY FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA FINDS OF AN EARLIER TIME.

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The American Civil War Collection.

 

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OLD COMPASSES, NOW HERE'S A HARD ONE TO PLACE DATES ON, LOTS OF REALLY GOOD REPRODUCTIONS AVAILABLE TODAY.

THESE WERE COLLECTED IN THE 1930'S TO 50'S IN EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA.

 

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The American Fur Trade Collection.

 

 Trade Token

On May 2, 1670, a Royal Charter was granted by Charles II to the "Company of Adventurers From England Trading into the Hudson's Bay" (The Hudson's Bay Company). By 1685, ports or forts were established at Rupert River, Moose Factory, Port Albany (later in 1708/09 - Albany Factory), and Port Nelson (later in 1690 - York Factory). The trade carried on at these forts seriously affected French trade to the south. Colonization was not conducted by England during this period of time; however, the Hudson's Bay Company needed a large number of employees. These employees came to the new world as indentured servants of the company. The men were brought to the new world for 7 to 9 years; coming mainly from Ireland and Scotland (specifically the Orkney Islands). The Cree women of the cohabitated with these men and created what historically was known as the "Half-breeds".....

 

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OLD LOCKS & KEYS

 

OLD TRADE TOKENS

OLD MOLDS ARE STILL EASY TO FIND.

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BE CAREFUL ON SOME OF THE STUFF SEEN ON EBAY, THE ITEMS SHOWN BELOW LOOK LIKE OTHER SIMILAR TOKENS AND METALS, LOOK AT THE TEXTURE, FINISH AND WEIGHT OF THE ITEMS OFFERED BY SEVERAL DEALERS ON THIS NETWORK. FOR THE NUMBERS THEY OFFER FOR SALE THEY WOULD HAVE TO HAVE HIT THE MOTHER LODE ON TOKENS AND METALS !!!

BEING WARNED IS BEING SAFE

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Happy hunting for that collectable.

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NOTE

Items shown on the "Conner Collection" pages have been SOLD and have been transferred to museum and personal collections across N. America.

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