Carvings from the Veldt. Part 2. George
Exceptional interest in Part One of ‘Carvings from the Veldt’ has uncovered many additional carved weapons and much encouragement to embark upon a second ‘follow-on’ edition. The new book features 306 new firearms: rifles, carbines and handguns used by both sides, the Boers as well as British and Colonial soldiers.
The hard covered book contains over 1,400 images (most of which are in colour) of carved and engraved weapons. In addition there are a further 25 farm maps, official forms and letters etc. There is also a selection of swords, bayonets, bandoliers, ammunition, medals, a large variety of unit badges and headgear worn by both sides. Included are two new chapters covering Anglo-Boer War re-enactor groups (in six countries) and Anglo-Boer war trench-art and carvings. (such as pipes and mementos carved in Boer POW camps.)
The service histories of Boers and soldiers are researched along with many previously unpublished original photos of groups of Boers and soldiers. Amongst the Boer weapons are four carved rifles that were used by famous Boer Generals. Also featured are 70 weapons that were used or souvenired by British and Colonial officers and troops (British, Canadians, Australians, South Africans and New Zealanders). This book is guaranteed to be of interest to a wide variety of collectors and military historians. The book is A4 size, hard cover and has 349 pages.
Carvings from the Veldt. Part 1. George
Published in 2004, this book has been updated and reprinted in 2014 (7th re-print). This book is the 'First Ever' publication that is dedicated to the large variety of carvings found on Boer War Rifles and Carbines. The book features stock-art on Boer rifles as well as on British and Colonial rifles and carbines. There is also a chapter on rifles fitted with plaques and engraved escutcheons - such as presentation rifles and the sought after 'Plezier' Mauser (Pleasure or Sporting Mauser rifles that were popular with many Boer officers and also purchased by the more affluent Boers.)
The book contains over 320 photos and illustrations of which 310 are in COLOUR(covering rifles, carbines, stock-art, maps, badges, medals and illustrations). These photos cover a wide range, from very basic inscriptions to the highly artistic and ornate carvings, designs and decorations found on the stocks of these rifles. Comprising Mauser, Martini-Henry, Westley Richards, Martini-Metford, Martini-Enfield, Guedes, Mannlicher, Lee-Metford, Lee-Enfiled as well as a few other models of rifles and Carbines.
After more than 3 years of research, The author has certainly come up with a 'First'. In addition to the amazing variety of stock art featured, he has where possible related a brief history about some of the original Boer and Colonial soldiers. There are photos of Boers and soldiers as well as farm maps, official forms, copies of original documents as well as badges and medals worn by both sides.
There are 40 rifles carved to Australian and New Zealand troops (in most cases I have been able to include brief service details of these soldiers and where possible a photo as well). One chapter is dedicated to the thousands of captured Boer rifles and carbines that were shipped out to various colonies after the war as 'trophies' - hence the survival rate of these most historic weapons. Part 4 is a brief overview of the medals awarded to both Boer and British soldiers, which makes this publication very appealing to a range of readers such as military historians, rifle collectors, medal collectors and students. The 140 page book has a list of contributors, acknowledgements, abbreviations, glossary, bibliography and index.