About the New Acquisitions
About 1893, the Stevens Firearms Company of Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, built a Model 44 lever-action rifle (.25-20 caliber) to Annie Oakley’s specifications. Stevens was known for its accurate, small-caliber rifles. The frame, receiver, and lever are gold plated frame and lever. The left side of the receiver is engraved “ANNIE OAKLEY” and the right is engraved “NUTLEY N.J.” (Annie Oakley and her husband Frank Butler had their first home at Nutley, a small town near New York City.) The buttstock and forearm are full-figured deluxe walnut finely checkered with ribbons and fleur-de-lis
The Marlin Firearms Company of New Haven, Connecticut, presented one its Model 1897 lever-action rifles (.22 caliber) to Annie Oakley in 1903, the first of two engraved and gold-plated Model 1897s Marlin presented to her (the second in 1906). Prior to the gift, she often used a Marlin Model 1891 .22 caliber sliding rifle. The receiver on the Marlin rifle is engraved and fully plated in gold, with deluxe walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with fancy fleur de lis checkering . The silver presentation plate on the buttstock reads: “PRESENTED TO Annie Oakley LITTLE SURE SHOT BY MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. 3-25-03.”
The rare Edward Thayer Monroe original photograph of Annie Oakley, from about 1910, shows her wearing her “cowboy-girl” silk scarf, her “Western Girl” wig, and a Western hat. The photographer worked for the White Studio in New York City when White’s was Broadway’s foremost photographer of stage production. Monroe became chief photographer in 1915. By 1923 Vanity Fair listed Monroe among the ten most important portrait photographers of the day.
Annie Oakley performed with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in London in 1887 as part of the Golden Jubilee for Queen Victoria. As part of her act, her husband Frank Butler tossed coins in the air which she shot with a rifle. The British half-penny also donated is stamped “OAKLEY.”