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February 2010 - Vol 2, Issue 2
In This Issue
Feature Story: Black Powder Framed Peacemaker-What Does it Mean?
Featured Photo: Pictorial View of Western Americana....Featuring Myron Beck
Linda's Feed Bag: Old Fashioned Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Bits & Pieces: Information and Updates for High Noon Show Dealers
To Everyone Who Attended the High Noon Weekend
Dealer Spotlight: Reggie and Kay Sawyer of Hanging Tree Gallery
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story

Photo of 2 Colt Peacemaker revolvers
Black Powder Framed Peacemaker-What Does it Mean?
Among many Peacemaker fans, there's a misunderstanding of the terms "black powder" frame or "smokeless" frame, so let's clear the smoke.

By Phil Spangenberger

Among today's shooters and Colt Single Action Army (SAA) revolver collectors, we often hear the terms "black powder frame" and "smokeless frame." These are relatively modern terms (dating from roughly around the mid-20th century when gun collecting was gaining in popularity) and are used primarily to describe the era that a Colt Peacemaker represents. The "black powder" moniker comes from the fact that, the first Peacemaker Colts were made with a cylinder base pin retaining system that used a single screw, located at the front of the revolver's frame. In 1896, at around serial number 165,000, Colt changed over to the so-called "smokeless" frame, where the cylinder base pin is held in place by spring-loaded cross-pin screws. Ironically, this system has nothing to do with smokeless powder, since Colt did not guarantee any of their 1873 Single Action Army revolvers for use with the then new smokeless propellant until around serial number 180,000 (1898). Furthermore, this system had been employed as early as 1877 and again in 1878, on Colt's double-action models. It's simply a modern collectors' term to differentiate between the two types and/or eras of manufacture of the 1873 Colt SAAs.

Featured Photo by Myron Beck

Myron Beck photo of cowgirl and saddle on fence
Through his photos, award winning photographer Myron Beck (Los Angeles, CA) inspires us to dream and embrace the beauty that surrounds us in the people we see, the environments in which we thrive and the diverse cultures that enrich our lives.


Did You Know?
  1. Chromolithography is a process of using several stones or plates-one for each color, printed in register. The result is color prints, to be distinguished from colored prints that have the color hand-applied after printing.
  2. A powerful symbol in many tribes, Corn is used as a design on jewelry, pottery and weavings as respect and a prayer for fertility and a good growing season. You may also see its use if the artist is a member of the Corn Clan.
  3. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, the American population was 5,308,483. Two-thirds of the people lived within 50 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. One out of every five was a slave.
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Linda's Feed Bag
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Old Fashioned (reminds me of my childhood) Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Makes 6 sandwiches - you may need more!

6 tomatoes, halved lengthwise (plum tomatoes are a perfect shape)
1/4 cup olive oil or butter - Quantity to be used at your discretion
Salt and Pepper
1 tsp thyme leaves (fresh if you can find them)
2 thick white loaves of bread, each loaf cut into twelve, 1/4-1/2" thick slices
1 pound sliced Provolone cheese (or any white cheese)
1 pound Fontina cheese (or any OTHER cheese), coarsely shredded
6 pieces of green chilies (optional but VERY taste-worthy) ***See note below***
6 slices of crisp bacon. Broken into tiny bits (optional)

1. Fry the sliced Delicious grilled cheese sandwich on blue platetomatoes with the olive oil or butter (leaving about 2 tbs for the bread) on a low heat until they are soft and starting to brown. Sprinkle with the thyme leaves and let them cook until they are very tender and slightly shriveled but still juicy. Let cool.
2. Brush the 12 bread slices with the remaining 2 tbs of olive oil or butter. Arrange them oiled side down in a big frying pan. Top 6 of them with the provolone, cover with the tomatoes, shredded Fontina, the green chilies (and bacon bits). Top with the remaining 6 bread slices, oiled (and browned) side up. Press gently on the sandwiches and cover the frying pan for 10 minutes more, until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.

Transfer to plates and serve with salad or hot tomato soup!

*** Green Chiles note. You can use canned chilies or fresh by heating whole chilies in a little toaster-oven until they brown. Peel off the skin, remove the seeds and slice into pieces that fit the bread shape.


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Bits & Pieces

Photos of TheresaHigh Noon 2010 Dealer Update
from "T"

Dear High Noon Dealers,

Well it looks like the show was a big success! Did you feel the energy? It was amazing! When I walked through the buildings on Sunday afternoon, it warmed my heart to see so many of you smiling. I hope this is just the beginning of a wonderful year for you all!


PS: Danny wanted me to thank everyone for the visits, the prayers and the good wishes. He's doing great!

To Everyone Who Attended the High Noon Weekend

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To Everyone Who Attended the High Noon Western Americana Weekend in Mesa...

We'd like to thank all of you who attended the High Noon Western Americana Antique Show & Auction for being a part of our weekend in Mesa. We couldn't have done it without you.

Always looking for feedback on our events, we would welcome your input about the show or auction. We would like to include your comments on our website or in Smoke Signals so please let us know if we can use your words. Send us a note about a special sale or purchase you made or just a note about how much fun you might have had. Email us at smokesignals@highnoon.com

Dealer Spotlight

This month, Smoke Signals talks with Reggie and Kay Sawyer, whose Hanging Tree Gallery features art that reflects the heart and soul of its creators.

Reggie and Kay SawyerReggie and Kay Sawyer
Hanging Tree Gallery

Walk into Reggie and Kay Sawyer's booth at the High Noon Show and you immediately feel embraced by a genuine warmness - it's like you stepped into the coziest of living rooms where everyone is welcome. Kay's soft-spoken demeanor complemented with Reggie's mischievous twinkle make them a most engaging pair, two people passionate about what they do and what they collect.

Art from deceased New Mexico artists such as Ben Turner and contemporary artists such as Hector Morales fill their walls. They both have the amazing ability to look at one of their paintings and imagine the story it's telling. They thrive on the life the scenes and characters play in these works - no, you won't find any abstracts in their gallery...

It all began after Reggie retired from the military in 1980 when they moved to New Mexico. Kay had always been an antiquer specializing in traditional furniture until they became enamored with the culture and heritage of New Mexico, the Native Americans and the American West. They switched their "collecting gears" quickly focusing on Cowboy and Indian, from fine art to artifacts.

They look for things that reflect the heart and soul of the person who created it. Whether it's an Indian basket or painting of a village in New Mexico,  "every piece is one of a kind and we can't replace what we sell. That's what makes this so important to us and so special," says Kay.

Married 39 years, Reggie and Kay have two children and 3 grandchildren with one another on the way. They love their life and their work. If ever in Old Town Albuquerque, make sure to stop into Hanging Tree Gallery. Pottery, Navajo rugs, fine art and yes, that embracing warmness will make you glad you did.

They've been part of our High Noon family for over 10 years and we look forward to sharing our 30th Anniversary with them!

Reggie & Kay Sawyer
Hanging Tree Gallery
416 Romero N.W.
Old Town Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 842-1420

Upcoming Events
NOW thru February 27, 2010 In Bronze and on Canvas - Art of Mehl Lawson & Jeffrey R. Watts  Bonita Museum & Cultural Center, Bonita, CA
NOW thru April 3, 2010 
Where The Legend Lives: Masterpieces of the Permanent Collection  The Museum Of Western Art, Kerrville, TX
NOW thru May 2, 2010 
Kenneth M. Freeman Legacy Exhibition - Artists At Work  Booth Museum, Cartersville, GA
NOW thru May 16, 2010 
Human/Nature: Artists As Explorers in the Early American West  Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
NOW thru May 16, 2010 
The Photographs of Edward Sherriff Curtis  Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
NOW thru May 30, 2010 
The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition Exhibit  Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
NOW thru September 6, 2010  Georgia O'Keefe and the Faraway: Nature and Image Exhibit 
Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, TX

February 25-28, 2010
   10th Annual Saddle Up! (Western Musicians & Cowboy Poetry)  Pigeon Forge, TN
March 2, 2010  Quiet Reflections of Joy: Paintings & Drawings by Nancy Guzik  Presented by West Wind Fine Art, Tucson Academy of Art, Tucson, AZ
March 2-21, 2010 
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo  Houston, TX
March 6 thru June 11, 2010 
All Aboard! The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed  Prescott, AZ
March 12-14, 2010 
Palm Springs Wild West Fest  Downtown Palm Springs, CA
March 13-28 
Tales of an Urban Indian  (Not for children-Sat & Sun's at 2 pm)  Los Angeles, CA
March 17-20, 2010 
March in Montana Show & Auction  Great Falls, MT
March 19-21, 2010 
36th Annual Denver March Powwow  Denver, CO
March 19-21, 2010 
Western Antiques and Collectibles Show  Amarillo, TX
March 26-28, 2010 
COWGIRL UP!  Creating an Uproar for Women of the West!  Wickenburg, AZ
April 22-25, 2010 
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival  Santa Clarita, CA
May 6-9, 2010 
Celebrating the Western Woman  Pendleton, OR
May 7-9, 2010 
Traces of Tradition Festival  Cody, WY
June 11, 2010 
An Evening With The Cowboys at The Carriage and Western Art Museum  Santa Barbara, CA
June 25-27, 2010 
Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction  Denver, CO
July 14-15, 2010 
High Noon & Christie's The Roy Rogers Museum Sale  Manhattan, NY
July 24, 2010
   National Day of the Cowboy  Ft. Worth, TX

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