Monday, July 11, 2011

HENRY RIFLE RACK, ca. 1863








4 Comments:

Blogger Snave said...

Temporary post for the benefit of a friend who was unable to receive pictures via e-mail. He wanted to see what my late father's Henry rifle rack looks like, as we are trying to determine if it is an item his museum would care to have in its collection.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Before he died, Dad requested that this rifle rack be taken to Cody, WY to the Cody Firearms Museum there (the museum is part of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center there). People representing the Museum determined from the pictures that the item is genuine and that they are excited about having it there, hopefully with a good display.

The rack holds 23 Henry rifles. 14,000 Henry rifles were made between 1862 and 1866. They were .44 caliber, rimfire, breech-loading. These rifles were widely used in the Civil War, and were known to be accurate at close range.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Looks like it's time for a road trip. 8-) We will deliver the rifle rack to the museum sometime during the next month or so.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Interesting collection. That letter itself looks like it's as much of a collector's item as the rifles.

We were in Cody, WY about 20 years ago. I don't know if it's changed much, but almost every store, no matter what they were selling, also doubled as a taxidermy shop. I don't know if there's a worldwide market for killed-and-stuffed animals and Cody is where they all come from, or if everyone in Cody has a stuffed animal fetish.

11:48 AM  

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