DENVER, Pa. – A uncommon and vital Charles Lancaster Gunsmiths (London) shotgun constructed for Annie Oakley in 1888 and utilized by the exhibition capturing legend throughout a big interval of her profession has offered for $258,000 at Morphy Auctions. It was a high spotlight of Morphy’s September 5-7, 2023 Firearms & Militaria auction.
The 12-bore double-barreled hammerless mannequin with 28-inch barrels was gifted to Oakley by Charles Lancaster himself, who reportedly watched the petite sharpshooter at a gun membership in England, combating a shotgun that appeared too heavy for her. Oakley stood solely five-feet tall and weighed however 100 kilos. Lancaster provided Oakley recommendation on wingshooting and, at a later date, introduced her with the 12-bore at public sale.
“This was a really particular Annie Oakley gun in that it was recognized to be one in all her favourite and due to this fact most-used weapons, » Morphy Auctions’ president, Dan Morphy, mentioned. « It’s well-known that she cared far more concerning the reliability and high quality of her weapons than their creative look or manufacturing unit engraving. It’s evident from the gun’s quite a few previous repairs that Annie most well-liked to have it refitted and maintained than to interchange it with any of the quite a few different weapons she had obtained over time.”
Consultants imagine Oakley used the shotgun on the legendary Exposition Universelle (Paris Exposition) of 1889, the place she appeared with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and wowed spectators together with her uncanny capturing experience.