Added this 1920s W. Stokes Kirk catalogue to my reference library today! Can’t wait for it to arrive!
The following obituary appears in the January 15, 1926 issue of American Rifleman magazine:
“Old Time Dealer Passes On”
Announcement has been received of the death of W. Stokes Kirk; the well-known dealer in Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 1925. Mr. Kirk was one of the pioneer dealers in government arms and surplus army and navy goods, starting his career with Francis Bannerman & Sons. He was born in 1849, a descendant of an old Quaker family, and was in his seventy-seventh year at the time of his death. Mr. Kirk had been in poor health for a number of months and unable to attend to the details of his business, which he was compelled to leave in the hands of subordinates. He was buried with the rites of the Society of Friends, in the plot in which members of his family have been laid to rest since 1751. Mr. Kirk was a 32nd degree Mason. (Source: http://genforum.genealogy.com/kirk/messages/3789.html)