My Spanish Toy Factory-1

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  1. JC1117:
    True.The Seller has an impeccable reputation to boot.16,570 feedback with 99.9% approval rating.That’s amazing.Whoever scored that knife got an amazing deal…and likely an unbelievable, dream-come-true deal.

    He has an absolutely beautiful stone-point arrow…and did you see the Sioux beaded hide quiver with a couple of arrows?That leather looks really old.

    Yes, I had seen all that she/he has for sale, also many of the things that have been recently sold. Very nice.


  2. I like buy items on Ebay. Last year I bought a piece of equipment for $2500. then the following week I sold it for $12,500. So from what I learned from Mr. Fenn, I thought I would try to purchase this item.

    Tonight, I waited in the last 5 seconds and place my bid for $920. The top bid was $620. Unfortunately, I lost the bid because someone was also wanting more than me at the last second. I guess you can say its the last second that counts.

    I estimated the value of this item to be a heck of a lot more.


        • Hello, All. That looks like a great piece of history. I know very little about how to identify authentic Native American items. It seems like if that’s a real knife and scabbard from 1870 then somebody got a real steal…and some real steel.

          My opinion…which is worth exactly what you pay for it 🙂 …is that the knife itself looks legit…but the scabbard itself…while most likely crafted by a Native American…was likely NOT crafted in 1870. It looks way too new to me…especially the leather at the top of the scabbard where it should show a lot more wear from the knife going in and out of the sheath.

          Who knows? Maybe the Indian who owned it came across some of the Chinese laborers building the railroads…who offered to clean his knife scabbard with their “ancient chinese secret”. 🙂 Well… they did a good job cleaning it…that’s all I’m sayin’.

          Anyway, what do I know? Nuthin. But $920 is still a GREAT price for that item. It’s AWESOME through and through. I’m coveting it…right now…as I type this. 🙂


          • I thought as well, yet I found several similar ones that sold at auctions in the 10’s of thousands. This one seems to be of Montana Crow. I am not an expert and I just wanted it to tell my side of the story. The person on Ebay is selling lots of nice historical items.


          • True. The Seller has an impeccable reputation to boot. 16,570 feedback with 99.9% approval rating. That’s amazing. Whoever scored that knife got an amazing deal…and likely an unbelievable, dream-come-true deal.

            He has an absolutely beautiful stone-point arrow…and did you see the Sioux beaded hide quiver with a couple of arrows? That leather looks really old.


  3. Everyone –

    I need some help here…….. I don’t know if I am seeing this right or wrong………..I need to know what you think. This could mean the treasure is buried.

    Does this painting remind you of the marble game on page 33 of TTOTC ?

    It is by Henry Farny

    Here is Forrest writing about Farny and Sharp in Beat of the Drum Whoop of the Dance.


    • I looked at your links. The sketch on page 33 in my opinion is a subtle hint but not related to the painting. Funny you referenced the other site. I was looking on Ebay the last few days for Sharp and other artists paintings.

      I cam across a Sharp painting that had no title. I looked at the painting for $35,000. I even wrote the seller. I did more research and found the same painting titled “Jerry” I found a very similar painting on your referenced website.

      So what do you think? Is it a fake?


        • This is the response I got from the seller:
          Good evening
          I do appreciate your interest for the J. H. Sharp painting. The provenance dates from 1980 when it was purchased from a gallery and it was provided with the proof of authenticity.As for the untitled that how it was given in the COA. Maybe it is a name for the title but it was not found out on 1980 from the experts of that time. Anyway I am open to best offers and guarantee that if the buyer is not satisfied can return it back.
          Thank you for your wish. Let hope someone will be the winner of this authentic painting of this great artist.


          • Gey –

            First red flag is that the seller does not normally deal in high end art. Second red flag – the quality of the photo. Third red flag – he did not state the name of the gallery – so that could be verified. Fourth and largest red flag is the price. 4 red flags – I would be out.

            Here is a list of some of the Sharps action prices which I’m sure you have checked out.



          • Hey Geydelkon,

            I am absolutely not an art expert but if I had to guess I would say that is a fake… The painting is off and the signature does not match imo…Also, the seller does not have a lot of feedback and most of it is for things they bought… Other feedback is mostly books… Interested to know what you find out…


    • into- yes it does resemble the boys playing marbles. certainly digging is involved to locate the chest. but digging is too much work for me, i’ll watch someone else do it.


    • He was at SCHOOL when he made his marbles and toys , I find it impossible for the teacher to let him do that, unless there was a cause! Also there was a Coy lady in wyoming that held marble tournaments and bought marbles.


  4. Forrest did not make marbles at school. These two things talked about in this chapter, kids and marble, are a hint to Buffalo Bill Cody and the death of his children who are buried in Rochester New York under marble headstones.


    • The Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, Kansas is the only place in the US where marbles are still made by hand. It’s located just 20 miles south of Salt Creek Valley and Fort Leavenworth where Bill Cody’s family lived when he was a boy.


      • Crowdog –

        I think the painting is interesting too – Also the robe of the indian standing on the far right is very similar to one of his last scrapbooks. It’s all coming together. 🙂 Please don’t let me dig up an indian………….


  5. A brown bag lunch is brought from home. At Forrest’s Spanish toy factory he made enough money to eat better than a brown bag brought from home.


  6. .
    Here, on p. 32, cues the 2nd paragraph, something “3”.

    The three caps of the sentences, read backwards, are ASI, which is the same as the beginning of the poem.

    The title is ” My Spanish Toy Factory”.

    ASI in Spanish means “SO”,

    which begins the 5th and 6th stanzas.

    ( and further, you will see SO as “SW”, which is where SAnte Fe is )



  7. Ok, I can’t find my prior post on this thought… about the gallant act of pushing the nickel under the old lady’s grave marker. I thought the graphic would be similar to a shooters sight, but Its more likely a more profound universal image like the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (pg99).

    Smiling down on 2nd & 3rd generation reference spin-offs, which someone said we shouldn’t do, “gallant“ is a top sail, and also means brave. Could it be etymologically related to Gallatin? Just guessin.


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