Confederate & Southern Agent Marked Shotguns

 

John W. Ashworth, Jr.

Ashworth was a life-long resident of the Memphis area residing in Collierville for the last 33 years. A graduate of Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis, with a degree in Civil Engineering, he initially worked for the city of Memphis. He achieved the position of Assistant City Engineer before going into business for himself as Ashworth Construction. He became a well-respected residential developer and home builder in the area.

John was always interested in antiques, particularly 19th century southern furniture and crockery and anything pertaining to the Confederate States of America. In his 60 plus years of collecting he acquired significant collections in several different fields. Of particular interest were Memphis made Confederate knives. John had the finest group of knives and short swords manufactured by the Memphis Novelty Works in the country.

Ashworth was an early member of the Memphis Gun Club in the mid 1950’s where he was introduced to Russ Pritchard. John was also active for years with the Antique Bowie Knife Association. Throughout his years of collecting John generously assisted authors with a number of publications. He was a major contributor to Confederate Saddles & Horse Equipment, 2001 and Made in the CSA: Saddle Makers of the Confederacy, 2003, both produced by Ken R. Knopp. A significant number of John’s Confederate knives were featured in the Confederate Bowie Knife, 2012, by Josh Phillips with Jack Melton and John Sexton. Ashworth was also a major contributor to The English Connection. Arms, Material and Support Furnished to the Confederate States of America by Great Britain, 2014, by Pritchard and C. A. Huey. This involvement led to his co-authorship with Pritchard with this current project Confederate and Southern Agent Marked Shotguns, 2017.

John Ashworth died December 12, 2015 before this book was complete. In the last years of his life his failing health restricted his collecting activities but he never lost interest even when confined to a hospital bed. He liked nothing better than sharing his knowledge and interests with friends and members of the collecting fraternity.  

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