2020 Live Auction

With the disappointment of the cancellation of Annual CLA Show and CLF Live Auction this year, we have for the first time been confronted with how to offer our artists’ outstanding work to discerning patrons, as well as get them much deserved recognition.

After much discussion, research, and getting input from a variety of people as well as a recommendation from the CLF Live Auction Committee, the CLF Board of Directors has decided to auction the 2020 CLF Live Auction items through Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. at their November 25 – December 9 online auction.

Cowan’s Auctions is a nationwide Auction House with a stellar reputation for online sales. Marketing the items through Cowan’s will afford additional publicity for the auction and the artists through their extensive auction network and can expose the CLA Artists to additional thousands of prospective buyers.

Cowan’s will handle the entire package – promotion, collecting the money, shipping, etc., which will all be covered by their “buyer’s fee” and shipping fees, etc. At our request, all our items will be kept together as a continuous group of lots and our auction titled, but will be part of a larger auction.

Because of your generosity to make and donate superb art for our auction, it has always been our goal to promote our artists and hope that it will in some way return to them on their commitment to the CLA/CLF. By partnering with Cowan’s, we think this is the best direction to make that happen.  We will continue to promote our CLF Auction donors and their work through social media, websites, blogs and Facebook entries as we have done.  Look for these postings.

The CLF Live Auction items will be on display at the Fall Frolic in Sharonville, Ohio October 30-31st.   Please take the time to look at the CLF Live Auction items, if you are able to attend this show.  And please consider bidding on one or more of the Auction items, as the proceeds go to the CLF, which in turn directly supports the CLA.

Auction Process:

The auction will use an absentee method (sometimes known as “proxibid”) where bidders place a high bid and the system will bid on their behalf up to that limit, only increasing the bid when another bidder forces it to do so. Bidders will be notified by email when their limit has been exceeded by another bidder allowing them to return to the auction to bid more if they so choose.

The auction will be visible to the public on the Cowan’s web site beginning on November 25th, and people can start to bid on the lots on that date.   Beginning at 12:00 pm ET on December 9, bidding will begin to end with lots closing in ascending order one minute apart (Lot 1 closes at 12:01 pm, Lot 2 at 12:02 pm, etc.). If a bid is placed within 5 minutes of a lots scheduled closing time, the lot’s closing clock will reset to 15 minutes to allow bidders time to respond to the new bid. This will continue until no new bids are placed within the final five minutes of the lot’s clock.

The Cowan’s Auction web site is at:  https://www.cowanauctions.com/

To register to bid at this auction:  https://www.cowanauctions.com/auth/registration?referrer=%2Faccount%2F


For questions, contact the Contemporary Longrifle Association directly at 540-886-6189.

A special thanks to the CLA artists for their generous donations.
Remember them when you need something you can’t live without.

We are excited to feature works by the following artists:

• Heinz Ahlers • Darrell Brandenburg • Tony Chase • Mike Conkling • Carl Dumke • Jerry Eitnier • Jeff Gier • Benjamin Hoffman • Carrie Jessen • Jeff (Po-Boy) Luke • Rob Park • Linda Prichard • Barb Smith • Troy Sowers • Bob Browder • Shelly Williams (Gier) • Matt Wulff • Todd Butler • Verlin Cossel •  Adam Daub • Albert Emanuel • Simeon England • Mike Miller • Kyle Willyard • Lawrence Fiorillo • Todd Hambrick • Casey McClure • Maria Freed • James Frost • Mike Small • Billy Griner • Ron Hess • Chad Matthews •  GJ (Gary) Tingler • Doug Warren • Djuana Tucker • Dennis Kelley • Scott Summerville • Henry Bowman •Travis Bauer • Joe D Baxter • Calvin Tanner • Cory Jo Stewart • Rick Lorenzen • Jack Weeks • Greg Bray • Louise Hess •

Thanks to these artists for their generous donations.
Remember them when you need something you can’t live without.

Early 19th Century Hunting Pouch SET By Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick, Casey McClure

EARLY 19TH CENTURY HUNTING POUCH SET By Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick, Casey McClure Dimensions: 8 ½” wide x 9” high By Heinz Ahlers Photography by H. David Wright Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick and Casey McClure have donated this great looking Hunting set with a homespun air to this year’s auction.  Created around a bark tanned, [...]

Bag and Horn Set by: Jeff Luke

BAG AND HORN SET by Jeff Luke Bag size:  Height 10”    Width  7 ½” Powder horn: 13” Outside curve By Joshua Shepherd Photography by H. David Wright Whether they’re carried afield for a day’s hunt or hung as period décor in your home, few period crafts exude the alure of the early frontier as well [...]

Hunting Pouch Set by Calvin Tanner, Ron Hess and Louise Hess

HUNTING POUCH SET By Calvin Tanner, Ron Hess and Louise Hess Pouch: 7” X 8 1/2”     Powder horn: Length 12“  Butt dia. 2 ½“ By Heinz Ahlers Photography by H. David Wright The design of the pouch was inspired by an existing 18th century pouch. Calvin feels the set is one that represents a common [...]

Hunting Bag and Knife by Gary Tingler

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Horn Spoon & Stand by Henry Bowman

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Long Knife by Adam Daub

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Pipe Tomahawk by Simeon England, Mike Miller, and Kyle Willyard

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Rifleman’s Knife by Todd Butler

RIFLEMAN’S KNIFE by Todd Butler By Joshua Shepherd Photography by David Wright Collectors of fine knives just can’t seem to acquire too many blades, but it’s a rare thing indeed for a knife to perfectly blend artistic aesthetics with rugged functionality. At this year’s CLF fundraising auction, bidders will have the opportunity to purchase a [...]

Tavern Smoker’s Companion by Greg Bray

TAVERN SMOKER’S COMPANION By Greg Bray Size:  14” x 5” By Joshua Shepherd Photography by H. David Wright Despite the fact that the habit of smoking tobacco has largely fallen out of favor in modern America, the practice was ubiquitous in colonial America. From the drawing rooms of Philadelphia to the farthest reaches of the [...]

Northwest Trade Gun by Doug Warren

NORTHWEST TRADE GUN by Doug Warren By Joshua Shepherd Photography by H. David Wright Classic firearms from America’s past are naturally at the heart of the modern Longrifle Culture. Collectors at this year’s CLF fundraising auction will have the opportunity to acquire a truly iconic weapon that saw broad use across the early American frontier: [...]

Heart of the Hearth Original Painting by Maria Freed

HEART OF THE HEARTH ORIGINAL PAINTING by Maria Freed by Joshua Shepherd Photography by H. David Wright Examples of traditional fine art appear at the annual CLF fundraising auction only occasionally. For this year’s event, artist Maria Freed has contributed a lovely original painting for the benefit of the Contemporary Longrifle Association. Freed’s original painting, [...]

Colonial Fowler by James Frost & Powder Horn by Mike Small

COLONIAL FOWLER by James Frost POWDER HORN by Mike Small By Joshua Shepherd Photography by David Wright When it comes to sheer versatility in the field, few period firearms can compare to the smooth bore fowler. Capable of taking a wide spectrum of wild game, fowlers saw extensive use in early America as humble meat [...]

Quilled Hat Band by Djuana Tucker

QUILLED HAT BAND by Djuana Tucker   By Joshua Shepherd Photography by Lon Brauer During the 18th and 19th centuries, no self-respecting gentleman, or scoundrel, for that matter would consider venturing into public without a hat. For the modern-day frontiersman headed for the range, the rendezvous, or the woods, that hasn’t changed. For those hoping [...]

The Scout Set

THE SCOUT SET By Joshua Shepherd Photography by H. David Wright At its core, the Contemporary Longrifle Association is a community of collaborative artists who share an enthusiasm for early American heritage. For this year’s fundraising auction, Shelly Gier organized an effort by a score of CLA artists to produce “The Scout Set”, a truly [...]

Fishing Themed Powder Horn & Bait Horn Set by Albert Emanuel

Powder Horn length: 9 1/4" Bait Horn length 4 1/2" Hunting and fishing are twin pursuits that have shaped outdoor life throughout American history. For this year's CLF fundraising auction, Arizona artist Albert "Ace" Emanuel has crafted a stunning pair of horns that will be useful on the hunt or by the lake. Emanuel's powder [...]

Longhunters Knife by Chad Matthews

LONGHUNTERS KNIFE by Chad Matthews Length: 13 1/2”   Blade: 8 3/4” By Heinz Ahlers Photography by H. David Wright The CLF is proud to present this classically styled long hunters knife by Chad Matthews.  The carbon steel blade is combined with a classic s shaped cross guard and bolster. Both are also of carbon steel. [...]

Woodbury School Belt Knife & Sheath by Verlin Cossel

Length: 10 1/2" Verlin Cossel forged this dandy belt knife in the Woodbury tradition. It feature a 6 2/8 inch blade carefully forged out of 1095 carbon steel. The blade has dual touch marks and a nice aged finish. A poured pewter bolster and a coin silver butt cap secure the antler handle to the [...]

Southern Banded Horn by Billy Griner

Length: 11 1/2" outside curve A reliable powder horn is a necessity for the blackpowder shooter, and this year’s CLF fundraising auction features a truly exceptional example of the horner’s craft by artist Billy Griner. Griner’s donation is a quintessential example of the southern banded horn. “This particular horn,” explains the artist, “is a contemporary [...]

Kings Mountain Bag and Horn by Jack Weeks and Rick Lorenzen

Hunting Bag - 8 inch X 9 inch, Horn 16 inches on outside curve Jack Weeks and Rick Lorenzen have assembled a rig typical of those used by American Patriots that hailed from the back country settlements in Virginia, North Carolina, and what is now Kentucky and Tennessee. These "Over mountain Men" from the western [...]

18th Century Folding Knife by Scott Summerville

Length: Open - 9” Closed 5” Whether you’re headed to the backcountry for an 18th century trek or bound for a desk job in the big city, a reliable pocket knife is a gentleman’s necessity. Perennial auction supporter Scott Summerville has once again generously donated a top-quality reproduction folding knife for this year’s CLF fundraising [...]

Woodbury Style Knife by Heinz Ahlers

Length: 11 ¾”.  Blade, 7 ¼” A razor-sharp blade fitted with an antler handle remains not only a practical tool for the modern outdoorsman, but an iconic symbol of America’s frontier past. Bidders at this year’s CLF fundraising auction will have the opportunity to own a truly classic example of the frontier belt knife by [...]

Flintlock Pistol by Dennis Kelley

Every black powder hunter has a dream of owning a flintlock pistol. This beautiful maple stocked, iron mounted, flintlock pistol by Dennis Kelley will make that dream come true. With this flintlock, Dennis’s has captured an outstanding style that is associated with the traditional style of an American made flintlock pistol. His attention to detail, [...]

Classic Frontier Hunting Pouch with Powder Horn by Cory Stewart

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