One-of-a-Kind 125th Anniversary Winchester Available at Auction to Benefit the Cody Firearms Museum

March 19, 2021
One-of-a-Kind 125th Anniversary Winchester Available at Auction to Benefit the Cody Firearms Museum

Milford, CT — The Cody Firearms Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of firearms in the United States. To help support the museum and to sustain its efforts, Baron Engraving has joined forces with Davidson’s Inc. and Winchester Repeating Arms to make a highly collectible one-of-a-kind hand-engraved serial number 1, Winchester 1895 Lever Action Rifle.

Baron Engraving’s Robert Bunting engraved the Cody Firearms Museum Winchester 1895 in the Factory Grade No. 1 pattern. For inspiration, Bunting referenced two rifles that were engraved by John Ulrich at the turn of the century. One belonged to the famed western author Zane Grey and the other was presented by Theodore Roosevelt to a close friend in 1915.

The Cody museum rifle features a fine English scroll pattern on the receiver, magazine housing, upper tang, barrel, and thumb safety. Exquisitely detailed high relief gold inlaid animal scenes sit proudly on each side of the rifle with vignettes of a grizzly bear and a running buck on the right side of the receiver, and a stalking mountain lion on the left side. The scrollwork and animals are further accented with numerous gold inlaid borders that surround the receiver and lever. Inlaid barrel bands grace the muzzle and breach of the octagonal barrel. The rifle is hand finished to a high sheen and blued. To ensure this gun’s collectability, the rifle features special serial number 2020CFM001.

This rifle will be auctioned on GunBroker (Item 894968608). Bidding will close at 10 PM Mountain Time on Sunday April 18, 2021.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of this auction will benefit the Cody Firearms Museum and help to ensure that future generations are provided an immersive opportunity to learn about the important role firearms have played in shaping human history and existence.

The winner of this auction will have the option of allowing this rifle to be displayed at the Museum for up to one year following the sale and be recognized during that time for the loan of the rifle.

To further support the Cody Firearms Museum and celebrate the 125th anniversary of the iconic Winchester 1895 lever action rifle, Davidson’s commissioned Baron Engraving to create 99 limited edition replicas of this one-of-a-kind hand-engraved serial number 1, Winchester 1895 Lever Action Rifle. These production replica guns were modeled after the hand engraved, gold inlayed gun number one seen here, but were created using modern engraving techniques and selective gold plating. The serial number range of this commemorative model range from 2020CFM002 to 2020CFM100.

Photo Credit: Jens Johnson Photography

About Baron Engraving

Baron Engraving is the premiere custom engraving and finishing company. For nearly 40 years Baron Artisans have blended old-world craftsmanship with leading engraving technologies to transform ordinary surfaces into distinguished works of art. Find Out more at Baron Engraving

About the Cody Firearms Museum

The Cody Firearms Museum interprets over 800 years of history with more than 10,000 artifacts on display. The museum, which was built in its own space in 1991 and renovated in 2019, seeks to lay a foundation for all visitors to learn about the history of firearms and the many ways in which they have been made and used, including manufacturing and technology, sport and war, defense and crime, as well as presentation and art. The museum houses an international collection of firearms, ammunition and accoutrements ranging from the 1200’s to the present. Visit them at Cody Firearms Museum.

About Davidson’s and Gallery of Guns

Founded in 1932, Davidson’s is one of the nation’s leading firearms and related accessories distributors. Davidson’s central focus is on the customer. Often referred to as the Davidson’s Difference, this passion for unparalleled support serves as the basis for many of Davidson’s service-oriented programs such as Gallery of Guns and the Davidson’s GuaranteeD Lifetime Replacement Program, which extends to both the dealer and final customer. The Davidson’s Difference is backed by a great team of industry professionals across the United States.

About Winchester Repeating Arms

To learn more visit Winchester Repeating Arms Company