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Arms and Armor in Colonial America, 1526-1783 Paperback – Unabridged, December 20, 2000


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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (December 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048641244X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486412443
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,801,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Stines on November 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Students of period weaponry will already be familier with the late Harold Peterson's works. Those who are new to the subject are in for a treat ! Relying on period documents, artifacts from archaelogical digs and pieces from private collections, Peterson's book does an exceptional job of presenting the evolution of crossbows, daggers, polearms, firearms and their related equipment in chronological order. Most of the items depicted are those used by the common people, soldiers, Indians, pirates and rogues. I only wish there were glossy color photo's and measurements. Reenactors, artists, museum curators, collectors and even the casual reader will find this work to be extremely helpful. Even though this book was published several decades ago, the information is still reliable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Welch on February 11, 2011
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This is a very throe research about weapons and armor in colonial America. The author looked deep into past records to find the information the book talks about. Instead of guess work he has specific accounts and lists of the types of armor and weapons used. A very good resource, the pictures were cool too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
The author of this work has left few stones unturned in this wonderfully researched history of arms and armor in Colonial America. Harold Leslie Peterson was the Chief Curator of the National Park Service and a noted arms scholar. Peterson passed away in 1978 but by that time he had set the bar for authors and researchers in this particular area of study.

The book being reviewed here, Arms and Armor in Colonial America, 1526 to 1783 is one of the most thoroughly researched, readable and illustrated books on the subject today. It was, if I am not mistaken, first published in 1956 and has been republished at least two or three times since that date. The information in this work is still as valid as it was when Peterson first published.

In general the book is actually two books in one. The first half of the book covers the subject matter from 1526 to 1688 and the second half devotes itself to the period between 1689 and 1783. Both sections are broken down as follows:

Fire Arms (which includes crossbows)
Ammunitions and Equipment
Edged Weapons
Armor

The book contains over 300 illustrations; a mixture of extremely well executed drawings supplemented with photographs. All illustrations are in black and white which is actually only one of two weaknesses – if weakness you want to call it, the reader or researcher will find. It would have been nice to have had some nice color photographs, but please don’t take me wrong....I am not complaining. The other mild complaint, if complaint you want to call it, is that it would have been nice to have included measurements in either the text or captions under the illustrations. This I grant you would have been difficult to do in that so many of these arms varied greatly from maker to maker.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trent Rock on March 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book would be great if you wanted to build an old gun...It is packed with gun mechanism diagrams....It is sorta weak in the edged weapons wection I thought...He doesn't do a really great job of describing some of the items....Better diagrams would have helped...The armor section is pretty nice if you are into that stuff...But..Hey..I learned what a halberd is!!!
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