Unique Henry Rifle to be Auctioned for New Cody Firearms Museum

The one-of-a-kind hand engraved lever gun is patterned on a Henry design from the 1860s in the museum's collection.

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The rifle is a reproduction of the first lever gun ever produced, patented by Benjamin Tyler Henry in 1860.Henry Repeating Arms

The Cody Firearms Museum in Wyoming, which houses the most comprehensive collection of firearm sin the country, has recently been renovated and expanded. Henry Repeating Arms has partnered with Baron Engraving of Trumbull, Connecticut to create a one-of-a-kind hand-engraved New Original Henry Rifle to be auctioned off to benefit the museum.

Engraved by Baron’s master engraver, Rob Bunting, the gun’s embellishments were inspired by a design by a Samuel Hoggson factory-engraved 1860s era Henry rifle found in the collections of the Cody Museum.

"This reimagining of the Cody Firearms Museum has been a long process and it's neat to see these companies come together to create a re-imagining of a historic gun and engraving style."

- Ashley Hlebinsky, Cody Museum Curator

The full-coverage engraving features Hoggson’s signature large grape leaf motif, a classic buck scene, and leafy scroll cuts. The serial number of the rifle also denotes its collectible status: 01CFM2019.

“The Cody Firearms Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in firearms or American history. It’s truly an extraordinary collection, and we’re very proud that we’re able to be a part of the Grand Re-opening,” said Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating arms. “Firearms play such an integral role in our nation’s history, so we had to jump at the opportunity to ensure that this collection stays around for more generations to enjoy.”

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The engravings on the brass receiver are inspired by a design by a Samuel Hoggson factory-engraved 1860s era Henry rifle found in the collections of the Cody Museum.Henry Repeating Arms

The rifle is a line-by-line reproduction of the first lever action rifle ever put into production, patented by Benjamin Tyler Henry in 1860. The only differences are minor changes needed to utilize a modern caliber to replace the original and extinct .44 Henry Rimfire.

The all brass receiver matches a brass crescent buttplate on an extra-fancy American Walnut stock and forend. The octagonal barrel is polished, blued steel.

The rifle is a featured auction item on Gunbroker.com, item #816952721. Online bidding will close during the Grand Re-opening ceremonies at the Cody Firearms Museum on July 6, 2019.

"We are really excited to be working with Henry, Baron, and Davidson's on both of these projects and grateful that the proceeds are going to the Cody Firearms Museum renovation," said Ashley Hlebinksy, the Robert W. Woodruff Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

"This reimagining of the Cody Firearms Museum has been a long process and it's neat to see these companies come together to create a re-imagining of a historic gun and engraving style," Hlebinsky added.

From a Henry press release: To complement this one-of-a-kind rifle, a unique collector’s series is also being offered to benefit the Cody Firearms Museum. The first offering of the series is a unique rifle built on Henry’s award-winning Golden Boy, engraved by Baron Engraving. These rifles are available to retailers exclusively through Davidson’s of Prescott, AZ and are available to the public at Davidson’s Gallery of Guns.

The combined effort of Henry, Baron Engraving and Davidson’s are expected to raise over $100,000 to help support the continued revitalization of the Cody Museum.

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Rob Bunting of Baron Engraving working on the one-of-a-kind rifle.Henry Repeating Arms

A Bit About the Cody Museum

The Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West interprets over 800 years of history with more than 20,000 artifacts. It was built in its own space in 1991 and renovated this year. The museum seeks to lay a foundation for all types of visitors 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 facility houses an international collection of firearms, ammunition, and accouterments dating from the 1200s up to the present day. The museum’s mission is to display a large portion of its encyclopedic collection while engaging with the artifacts’ historical stories that chronicle the roles of firearms: good, bad, and indifferent in the history of human endeavor.