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A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Lana


A CLOSE CALL
A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore | p...
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1.69.83 | 1893 - | sight height: 20.75 in, sight width: 29 in, Frame height: 26.75 in, Frame width: 33.5 in | A CLOSE CALL | Printed at top: BUFFALO BILL'S WILD WEST/AND CONGRESS OF ROUGH RIDERS OF THE WORLD, Printed bottom: COL.W.F.CODY (BUFFALO BILL) A CLOSE CALL., Printed lower right: A. Hoen & Co. Baltimore U.S.A. 16 | Four color lithograph poster of Buffalo Bill Fighting Indians with Cavalry Coming. Condition: Margin trimmed by hand. Origin: Purchased from The Old Print Shoppe, 150 Lexington at 30th St., New York, NY in 1961 by above source, The Coe Foundation | 1.69.83.JPG | 1.69.83.jpg | 1.69.83.jpg | Indians | Buffalo Bill | cavalry | poster | lithograph | four color | A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore

1.69.335
brooch | agate
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1.69.335 | ca. 1890 | L: 1 in, width: .75 in | Agate brooch with carved illustration inside depicting Deadwood Stagecoach. Made for Mrs. Cody. | 1.69.335.jpg | 1.69.335.jpg | Deadwood Stagecoach | illustration | brooch | agate

Buffalo Bill's Wi...
poster | Color Lithograph
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1.69.1821 | ca. 1900 | width: 42.5 in, H: 82.25 in | Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders | Museum Purchase | along bottom edge, Cossack of the Caucasus | Original color lithograph Wild West Show poster titled along top, Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders and along bottom edge, Cossack of the Caucasus, c. 1900. | 1.69.1821.jpg | poster | Color Lithograph

1.69.776
coat | buttons | Buckskin | ...
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1.69.776 | ca. 1890 | overall length: 30 in, sleeve length: 24 in | Gift of Robert F. Garland | The buttons on this jacket are marked “Paris” and have the initials “WBC” on them | Buckskin coat with fringe on shoulders and down arms, one row down center back, beaded eagle epaulets on shoulders signifying rank of colonel, nine plain brass buttons down front, double split tail, floral beadwork throughout, 2 pockets on each side. | 1.69.776.JPG | 1.69.776.jpg | eagle | floral | coat | buttons | Buckskin | Beads | fringe | brass

NA.507.6
Northern Plains | Sioux | do...
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NA.507.6 | ca. 1885 | L: 12.75 in | Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Stuffed female tan cloth doll with buckskin dress, leggings and moccasins. Dress has lazy stitch beaded yoke with blue squares towards and border lane at bottom. Tin cone danglers on bottom sides, print cloth lining. Leggings have lazy stitch bead square design. Moccasins are fully beaded. Horse hair braids with red cloth ties. Bead facial features and earrings. Red painted stripes on face. Beaded belt and knife case. | NA.507.6.JPG | na.507.6.jpg | lanes | stripes | squares | doll | black | cones | horse | Print | cloth | hide | deer | Beads | blue | paint | seed | Tradecloth | hair | tin | lining | Red | Northern Plains | Sioux

1998.26.2.1
Nicholas Noel Boutet, Versai...
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1998.26.2.1 | ca. 1820 | Gift of Willis McDonald, IV | Pair of flintlock officer's pistols by Nicholas Noel Boutet of Versailles. Engraved steel furniture, silver butt plates, barrels gold damascened. | 1998.26.2 .1 and 1998.26.2.2.jpg | 1998.26.2v1.jpg | 1998.26.2v2.jpg | firearm | gold | steel | wood | silver | pistol | Nicholas Noel Boutet, Versailles, France

1988.8.3255
Slotter | firearm
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1988.8.3255 | 1860s | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | Slotter Percussion Derringer | .41 cal. | 12 | 1988.8.3255v1.jpg | 1988.8.3255v2.jpg | firearm | pistol | Slotter

1988.8.1241
Hiram Berdan, New York, NY |...
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1988.8.1241 | ca. 1863 | L: 55.5 in, Barrel length: 39 in, H: 9.25 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | Breech-loading percussion rifle. American. circa 1863. unsigned (designed by Hiram Berdan). One of the most unusual firearms to have been made during the Civil War, this rifle's hammer is sculpted into a portrait bust of President Abraham Lincoln. The Cody Firearms Museum's collections boast the only known example. | Lincoln Head Hammer, designed by Hiram Berdan | .44, 6 groove rifling | Book: Liberty and Freedom, A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas; by David Hackett Fischer; Virginia Historical Society; Oxford University Press, New York; 2005; page 307 | 1988.8.1241.JPG | 1988.8.1241v2.jpg | 1988.8.1214.jpg | 1988.8.1241.jpg | 1988.8.1241v1.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v1.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v10.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v11.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v13.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v4.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v6.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v7.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v8.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v12.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v2.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v3.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v5.jpg | 1988.8.1241.v9.jpg | Lincoln, Abraham | firearm | wood | metal | rifle | Hiram Berdan, New York, NY

1988.8.1584
U.S. Armory, Harpers Ferry, ...
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1988.8.1584 | 1803 | L: 48 in, Barrel length: 33 in, H: 7 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | This U.S. rifle Model 1803 was manufactured at the Harpers Ferry Armory. It is a first type, manufactured from 1803 to 1807. About 4000 were produced. It was the first U.S. regulation rifle, and was the issue weapon for the Lewis and Clark expedition May, 1804 to Sept, 1806. This model was used in the War of 1812. This gun is one of two known specimens dated "1803". The other is in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. | on lock: HARPER'S/FERRY/1803 U.S. (under eagle) [on left side of barrel:] 94 (inside circle;) U.S. (proofmark) | A: gun B: ramrod | Harper's Ferry U.S. Model 1803 Rifle Type I | .54 ML | 94 | 1988.8.1584v1.jpg | 1988.8.1584v2.jpg | 1988.8.1584v10.jpg | 1988.8.1584v11.jpg | 1988.8.1584v12.jpg | 1988.8.1584v3.jpg | 1988.8.1584v4.jpg | 1988.8.1584v5.jpg | 1988.8.1584v6.jpg | 1988.8.1584v7.jpg | 1988.8.1584v8.jpg | 1988.8.1584v9.jpg | 1988.8.1584.JPG | firearm | steel | wood | brass | rifle | U.S. Armory, Harpers Ferry, VA, U.S.A.

1993.6.1
Ithaca Gun Co., Inc., Ithaca...
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1993.6.1 | ca. 1923-1924 | Gift of Leigh F. Coffin and Leigh M. Coffin in Memory of Jane M. Coffin | Ithaca "Flues Model", "Auto and Burglar" Side-by-side Shotgun and Scabbard Maker: Ithaca Gun Company; Ithaca, NY Serial Number: 375272 Gauge: 20 (2-3/4" chambers) Barrel Length: 10" (with matted rib) Date: 1924 Catalogue Number: 1993.6.1 Gift of Leigh F. Coffin and Leigh M. Coffin in Memory of Jane M. Coffin Tech. Sgt. Melvin Moss, a native of Fairbury, Nebraska, armed himself with this gun to assure he had maximum personal protection while serving as an investigator for the U.S. 15th Military Police Unit in England during World War II. | Ithaca Flues Model, 20 Gauge, Autoburglar Gun, sn 375272, with holster, c. 1923-1924. | Flues Model, Autoburglar Gun | 20 gauge | 375272 | 1993.6.1v1.jpg | 1993.6.1v2.jpg | firearm | shotgun | Ithaca "Flues Model", "Auto and Burglar" Side-by-side Shotgun and Scabbard Maker: Ithaca Gun Company; Ithaca, NY Serial Number: 375272 Gauge: 20 (2-3/4" chambers) Barrel Length: 10" (with matted rib) Date: 1924 Catalogue Number: 1993.6.1 Gift of Leigh F. Coffin and Leigh M. Coffin in Memory of Jane M. Coffin Tech. Sgt. Melvin Moss, a native of Fairbury, Nebraska, armed himself with this gun to assure he had maximum personal protection while serving as an investigator for the U.S. 15th Military Police Unit in England during World War II. | Ithaca Gun Co., Inc., Ithaca, NY

1.69.785
gauntlets | Buckskin | fring...
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1.69.785 | 1920-1939 | L: 15 in | Pair of buckskin gauntlets with beaded rose on backside of hand and buffalo on cuff, fringe on edge. Original Buffalo Bill Museum. Gift of Richard W. Leche | 1.69.785.jpg | 1.69.785.jpg | 1.69.785.JPG | rose | beaded | buffalo | gauntlets | Buckskin | fringe

NA.505.35
Oklahoma | Pawnee | hand dru...
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NA.505.35 | 1885 | Diameter: 12.625 in, width: 2.375 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden frame head on each side laced together; front painted lower portion in blue with black division line and the top half has a red crescent; on back the lower portion painted red with two blue birds facing each other, outlined with black line; leather thong handle at top. | NA.505.35.JPG | outlines | lines | crescent | birds facing each other | hand drum | frame | rawhide | wood | blue | black | Red | pigment | Oklahoma | Pawnee

1.69.5795.1
jacket | Satin | wool | mach...
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1.69.5795.1 | 1902-1915 | L: 25.75 in, width: 35.5 in | Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Terry MacDonald | Beige/green wool 6-button jacket with satin lining. Jacket has collar, long sleeves and right breast pocket. Sleeves have three buttons with corresponding button holes. Bottom of jacket cuts away to the back. Buttons are all alike, brown, tortoise-shell like. | 1.69.5795.1.jpg | 1.69.5795.1&.2.jpg | jacket | Satin | wool | machine sewn

Miss Annie Oakley...
A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore | p...
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1.69.73 | ca. 1890 | sight height: 28.5 in, sight width: 19 in, Frame height: 31.625 in, Frame width: 22 in | Miss Annie Oakley, The Peerless Lady Wing-Shot | Gift of The Coe Foundation | Printed at top: BUFFALO BILL'S WILD WEST./CONGRESS, ROUGH RIDERS OF THE WORLD, Printed at bottom: MISS ANNIE OAKLEY,/THE PEERLESS LADY WING-SHOT, Printed lower left: 35, Printed lower right: A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore, U.S.A. | Four color lithograph poster of Annie Oakley posing with rifle and shooting target balls. | Book: Legends of the West: Annie Oakley; Sara Gilbert; Creative Education; Mankato; 2006; cover; page 33 | 1.69.73.jpg | 1.69.73.jpg | 1.69.73.JPG | rifle | Annie Oakley | poster | lithograph | four color | A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore

Moose
Proctor, Alexander Phimister...
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53.61 | 1907 | H: 19.5 in, Base Length: 15 in, Base Width: 5.5 in | Moose | Museum purchase | For the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893, Proctor made thirty-seven life-size sculptures of animals and other figures as decoration for the bridges at the fairground. The small models, such as the Moose, were later cast in bronze. At the fair Proctor also met Buffalo Bill whose Wild West exposition was performing there. | Center Right Side of Base: A.P. Proctor, Rear of Base: COPY RT.-07. | Book: Wildlife and Western Heroes, Alexander Phimister Proctor, Sculptor; by Peter H. Hassrick, Third Millennium Publishing, London; 2003, page 150 | 53.61.JPG | 53.61.jpg | 53.61.web.jpg | moose | Sculpture | copper alloy | bronze | Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860-1950) Moose Modeled ca. 1907, cast 1907, bronze Museum Purchase 53.61 | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

1988.8.3823
U.S. Quartermaster Departmen...
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1988.8.3823 | 1861-1865 | H: 2.25 in, L: 32 in, width: 8 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | Sewn black leather w/ brass button, rivets and ornaments; steel or iron pins & buckles; tin box lining. Information taken from various sources but primarily All He Could Carry: US Army Infantry Equipment (1839-1910) by Stephen J. Allie; Fort Leavenworth Historical Society Publication (RNW Note) | U.S. M1855 Cartridge Box | 1988.8.3823.jpg | 1988.8.3823v1.jpg | 1988.8.3823v2.jpg | bag | Other | leather | brass | U.S. Quartermaster Department

1983.6.1
Forsyth | roller | right | p...
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1983.6.1 | ca. 1805-1820 | L: 4.875 in, width: 1.75 in, H: 2.375 in | [lockplate:] - FORSYTH & Co.; -- PATENT -- [lower back of roller primer holder:] R; 102 | a-lock; b-roller primer holder; sectionalized. | Rev. Alexander Forsyth, a Scottish minister, was an avid sportsman and inventor. His invention of the percussion ignition system was the most important development in the evolution of firearms since the introduction of gunpowder. | 1983.6.1.jpg | 1983.6.1.jpg | birds | sun | flowers | roller | right | primer | Other | lock | Forsyth

NA.702.31
So-soreh | Northern Plains |...
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NA.702.31 | 1900 | L: 55.125 in, width: 60.75 in | Written on back in blue: PAINTED/BY/KADZIE CODY-SHOSHONI INDIAN/NOVENBEN, 1906/PRESENTED TO F.A. HEPBURN./BY HIS WYPA | Communication and Media of Exchange: Writing and Records. Cow(?) hide, tanned; painted all over one side with horsemen hunting buffalo; the center has a sun dance pole and men dancing around it with others singing; also depicted is a tipi and a rider with a bonnet with a long trailer; colors are black, yellow, blue, green and red. ---Personal property of Mary Jester Allen Helen Cody Allen. | NA.702.31.JPG | na.702.31.jpg | NA.702.31.jpg | sun dance pole | rider with a bonnet with a long trailer | men dancing around it with others singing | tipi | horsemen hunting buffalo | painted hide | hide | cow | pigment | tanned | So-soreh | Northern Plains | Codsiogo | Eastern Shoshone | Cody, Cadzi

NA.504.265
Plains | pipe tomahawk | lea...
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NA.504.265 | ca. 1860 | L: 21.875 in, width: 8.25 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Ramco Industries | Ritual and Recreation: Smoking and Narcotics. Steel one piece triangular blade with pipe bowl; blade has cut-out heart; wooden handle/stem with one brass tack on end past blade, bottom of handle carved in scallop design, hot file mark decoration; hole drilled through it with leather thongs, brass beads, and tin cones tied on; inlay lead mouthpiece. | NA.504.265.JPG | scallop design | cut-out heart | file marks | pipe tomahawk | leather | tacks | brass | wood | steel | lead | inlay | thongs | blade | tin cones | handle | Plains

1.69.676A/B
rack of poker chips and card...
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1.69.676A/B | ca. 1900 | rack height: 3.5 in, rack width: 6.375 in, rack length: 7.375 in, cover height: 4.25 in, cover width: 7 in, cover length: 8.125 in | Hardwood poker chip and card case with poker chips and full deck of cards, silver handle and black leather cover. | 1.69.676ab.jpg | 1.69.676abv2.jpg | 1.69.676b.jpg | 1.69.676B.JPG | rack of poker chips and cards | black | leather | handle | hardwood | silver

Radisson and Gros...
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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14.86 | 1905 | H: 17.125 in, width: 30.125 in, Frame height: 22.5 in, Frame width: 35 in | Radisson and Groseilliers | Gift of Mrs. Karl Frank | In 1903 Remington signed an exclusive contract with Collier's magazine to produce works in color on various historic themes related to the American frontier. As part of that work, he initiated a series of eleven paintings for Collier's in 1905 which was titled The Great Explorers. Radisson and Groseilliers is the only painting which remains from the original set. | LRC: FREDERIC REMINGTON [Back:] piece of wood attached to bottom of stretcher: 4 Raddison & Grossilliers - 1609 | Book: Shining Big Sea Water: The Story of Lake Superior, by Norman K. Risjord, Minnesota Historical Society Press, St. Paul, 2008, page 37 | 14.86.jpg | 14.86.jpg | 14.86.jpg | 14.86.JPG | 14.86.web.jpg | Indian | Other | Figure | explorers | Painting | oil on canvas | Remington, Frederic

Relics of the Past
Cooper, A.D.M. | Painting | ...
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4.64 | before 1910 | H: 40 in, width: 36 in, Frame height: 45.375 in, Frame width: 41.375 in, frame depth: 3.75 in | Relics of the Past | Bequest in memory of the Houx and Newell Families | This type of still life painting is often called a trompe l'oeil (fool the eye). The artist sought to create the illusion that real photographs and artifacts were nailed to the wall. Buffalo Bill Cody owned this painting and had it hanging in the Irma Hotel for many years. | LL: Astley D. M. Cooper | Book: Redrawing Boundaries: Perspectives on Western American Art; Institute of Western American Art, Denver; and the University of Washington Press, Seattle; 2007, page 78 | 4.64.jpg | 4.64.JPG | 4.64.web.jpg | 4.64.jpg | 4.64.jpg | still life | Other | Painting | oil on canvas | Astley D. M. Cooper’s trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) tribute to the Old West includes a buffalo head mount; American Indian weapons; and collectible cabinet card photographs of the Western heroes Sitting Bull, Wild Bill Hickok, and Buffalo Bill Cody, whose portrait is placed prominently at the top of the composition. These souvenirs strive to recapture a long-ago past preserved in the face of the industrialization that was taking hold in the United States following the turn of the twentieth century. Nostalgia for the Old West was a powerful emotion captured by artists and embodied by Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. | Cooper, A.D.M.

NA.505.37
Northern Plains | Sioux | su...
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NA.505.37 | 1890 | L: 29.5 in, diameter of bone: .75 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Pohrt | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Bone whistle with small leather bundle attached and hanging; also hanging from whistle is a golden eagle feather and two looped lengths of braided horse hair; the horse hair is periodically decorated by porcupine quills wrapped around it. | NA.505.37.JPG | sun dance whistle | feather | horse | small | bone | porcupine | quills | braided | golden eagle | looped | leather | hair | bundle | Northern Plains | Sioux

NA.203.1499
Plains | Feather bonnet | tr...
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NA.203.1499 | ca. 1930 | L: 65.5 in, width: 32 in | The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe | Swept-back feather bonnet with double trailer. Skull cap is punctured and made of 5 pie-shaped tanned hide segments sewn together with cloth thread has crown of 30 golden eagle feathers wrapped with yellow cotton string and stuffed with red feather fluffs. Red feather fluffs attached to tips with white horse hair and grey feather fluffs ½ way down the hair. Words, "ROGER ERNEST/MUKILTEO, WASH" are stamped or written inside interior of skull cap. Commander feather wrapped in yellow and red cotton thread with feathers and red and grey feather fluffs attached to end. Brow band on tanned hide attached to red felt on forehead of cap. Browband comprised of red glass beads with 3 stepped pyramids of mostly yellow with navy blue and a red central square cross. 2 navy blue squares outlined in yellow flank the central pyramid. On either side of browband is an abalone with a center brass bead and attached single full ermine. Next to the abalone on either side attached with hide is a full ermine, a long strand of hide string with rows of white beads, rows of red beads, one brass bead, bone bead, one brass bead, rows of red beads, rows of white beads, short row of red beads and 3 ermine tail tips at end. Trailer is attached with 6 snaps reinforced at back with tanned hide. Trailer is made of red wool lined with blue with white polka-dot cotton cloth. Edges are outlined with a yellow ribbon with narrow red, white, and blue stripe. End of trailer is cut in a serrated edge. Each flap of trailer has 29 golden eagle feathers wrapped with yellow cotton thread and stuffed with red feather fluff. Red feather fluff and white horse hair with grey feather fluffs ½ way up hair are attached at ends of trailer feathers. | na.203.1499ab.jpg | Feather bonnet | trailer | felt | beads, bone beads, abalone (? Or plastic), tanned hide, brass snaps_need_to_fix | brass | feather fluffs | glass beads | red wool | Cotton cloth | ermine | golden eagle feathers | Plains