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D. M. LeFever Biography

 
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DrBob
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:33 pm    Post subject: D. M. LeFever Biography Reply with quote

This is a rather complete biography of D.M. LeFever written by H.J. Swinney. I met with Mr. Swinney back in the early 1990's. He was quite a thorough researcher. He provided documents such as census data and newspaper articles to support his conclusions. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge to be able to read. Feel free to download.













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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for re-posting this very interesting article, Dr. Bob.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:19 am    Post subject: D. M. Lefever biography Reply with quote

DrBob, Thanks for the new biographical info on Uncle Dan. Very interesting. I wonder, though, if Dan Lefever didn't have some working relationship with William Billinghurst even if it wasn't a formal apprenticeship. The rifle in plate 8 of the article is strong circumstantial evidence. I became interested in underhammer guns long before I ever saw a Syracuse Lefever and most makers have thier own distinct style. This rifle in plate#8 is pure Billinghurst, and I'm convinced the Master of the underhammer had a huge influence on the Master of American double shotguns. I don't think we know the whole story yet, but thanks again for another piece of the puzzle. Keith
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