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Winchesters: not just for shooting

After World War I, Winchester Repeating Arms Company didn’t have the government contracts on which it had come to depend, and consequently, the company sustained deep financial problems. A new management team undertook a product diversification scheme intended to return Winchester to full production. By 1920, the company had 750 new products being manufactured or nearly ready for production. The objects below are part of the "non-gun" Winchester collection.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309


Untitled: Surpri...
Crampton, R. McN. | Other | ...
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Exhibit notes: This Winchester ad highlights the company's new product line.

Museum record: 1988.8.2878 | 1930 | H: 25.375 in, width: 14.813 in | Untitled: Surprise Encounter | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Collection | [top center] WINCHESTER/TRADE MARK [bottom center] World Standard Guns and Ammunition/Flashlights and Batteries/Fishing Tackle/Ice and Roller Skates/Cutlery/Tools/Gun and General Utility Oil [LRC] @ 1930 WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. | Mountain lion surprises a hunter at his camp | 1988.8.2878.jpg | 1988.8.2878.jpg | Mountain Lion | Man | Other | print on paper | poster | Crampton, R. McN.

1988.8.2615
Winchester Arms Repeating Co...
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Exhibit notes: This poster 's border has all kinds of Winchester products featured.

Museum record: 1988.8.2615 | 1930 | H: 20.25 in, width: 59.875 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | Top: WINCHESTER/ TRADE MARK [LLC:] COPYRIGHT 1930 WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. [LRC:] LITHO IN USA. [URC:] CARL BECKER | Poster with image of camp scene of bear intruding on hunters. One is cleaning a rifle, one is reaching for a rifle, one is fishing and one is repairing a vehicle. Sampling of Winchester Repeating Arms Co.products along bottom of poster. | 1988.8.2615.jpg | poster | Other | lithograph on fabric | Winchester Arms Repeating Co., New Haven, CT

1988.8.862
Other | calendar | printed |...
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Exhibit notes: Some of Winchester's non-gun" objects are pictured on this calendar.

Museum record: 1988.8.862 | 1921 | H: 18.812 in, width: 10 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | Top: WINCHESTER/MARCA DE FABRICA [Beneath image:] EL VIEJO COMERCIANTE/EN/ARMAS Y MUNCIONES WINCHESTER DE FAMA MUNDAL/PRESENTANDO EL NUEVO RAMO DE PRODUCTOS WINCHESTER/CUCHILLERIA - LAMPARAS ELECTRICAS DE BOLSILLO - UTILES PARA PESCAR - PATINES - HERRAMIENTAS | 1921 Spanish calendar with image of a man holding a gun dislpaying edged weapons, tools, guns, ammunition, fishing equipment, roller skates, and flashlights on a red blanket. Inscription beneath image. Calendar is turned to January. | 1988.8.862.JPG | 1988.8.862.jpg | ammunition | flashlight | axe | roller skates | tools | Spanish | guns | Man | fishing poles | Winchester Repeating Arms Co. New Haven Conn. U.S.A. | Other | calendar | printed | paper

1990.4.1
Winchester Repeating Arms Co...
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Exhibit notes: Be "at the ready" for any meat carving occasions with this cutlery set.

Museum record: 1990.4.1 | 1920-1930 | knife length: 13 in, fork length: 11 in, case length: 16 in, L: 13 in, case width: 12 in | .2 - Gift of Gloria S. Duffy and Family: Sean S. Duffy, Sheila B. Duffy and Gloria C. Duffy | Three piece cutlery set (knife, fork, and honer) with cloth case; .1 - honer with steel shaft and antler handle; .2 - knife with steel blade and antler; .3 - fork with steel tines and antler handle; .4 - cloth case with stitched compartments for utensils and Winchester cloth tagswen on side. | 1990.4.1v1.jpg | 1990.4.1v2.jpg | fork | carving set | Other | honer | knife | cloth case | Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven, CT

1988.8.844
Winchester Repeating Arms Co...
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Exhibit notes: Razor and blades for the clean-shave man.

Museum record: 1988.8.844 | 1910-1930 | L: 4.375 x 4.375 in, width: 1.5 x 1.5 in, depth: .5 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | [razor] Winchester | Trademark | Made in USA; [on box] Winchester | Trademark | Safty razors "As good as the gun" | Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven, Conn. | Made in U.S.A. | .1 - Chrome plated safety razor, .2 - original box with one end detached, .3 - pamphlet, Instruction brochure for safety razor, .4.blade for saefty razor, .5 - detached end from original box | 1988.8.844v1.jpg | 1988.8.844v2.jpg | PAMPHLET | blade | box | razor | Other | Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven, CT | American

1983.3.139
Other
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Exhibit notes: Maybe you'd like your razors by the case.

Museum record: 1983.3.139 | Gift of L. D. and Betty Henderson | Eight (8) boxed saftey razors in original cardboard case for twelve (12) razors. | 1983.3.139v3.jpg | 1983.3.139v4.jpg | 1983.3.139v5.jpg | 1983.3.139v1.jpg | 1983.3.139v2.jpg | Other | safety razor

1983.3.140
Other | safety razor
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Exhibit notes: Take a look at that "Winchester" engraved on the head of this razor.

Museum record: 1983.3.140 | Safety razor and box | 1983.3.140v3.jpg | 1983.3.140v1.jpg | 1983.3.140v2.jpg | Other | safety razor

1983.3.157
Other | straight razor
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Exhibit notes: Winchester also manufactured a straight razor.

Museum record: 1983.3.157 | .1 - Straight razor and .2a and .2b - box w/ lid | 1983.3.157v1.jpg | 1983.3.157v2.jpg | Other | straight razor

1988.8.1342
Winchester Manufacturing Co....
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Exhibit notes: Screwdriver

Museum record: 1988.8.1342 | L: 10.5 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winhchester Arms Collection | brass part of handle: Winchester/ trademark/ Made in U.S.A./ 7124-5in. | No condition or dates recorded. There is no written record for this object. | 1988.8.1342v2.jpg | 1988.8.1342v1.jpg | Other | screwdriver | Winchester Manufacturing Co. New Haven, Conn

1983.3.136
Winchester | tool | Other | ...
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Exhibit notes: Pliers, too?

Museum record: 1983.3.136 | L: 7 in | Gift of L. D. and Betty Henderson | One (1) pair of Winchester pliers, number 2467 | 2467 | 1983.3.136v2.jpg | 1983.3.136v1.jpg | tool | Other | metal | tool | pliers | Winchester

1983.3.73
Winchester | Other
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Exhibit notes: "Winchester" is engraved on this hatchet.

Museum record: 1983.3.73 | One (1) large hatchet, with handle; very old. | 1983.3.73v1.jpg | 1983.3.73v2.jpg | Other | hatchet | Winchester

1983.3.33
skate, ice | Other
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Exhibit notes: Maybe a little more support is needed for the ankles with these ice skates?

Museum record: 1983.3.33 | Ice skates with box | 1983.3.33v1.jpg | 1983.3.33v2.jpg | 1983.3.33v3.jpg | skate, ice | Other

1983.3.31
Other | skate, ice
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Exhibit notes: What could Scott Hamilton do with these ice skates?

Museum record: 1983.3.31 | skates - .1; and box - .2 | 1983.3.31v2.jpg | 1983.3.31v1.jpg | Other | skate, ice

1983.3.27
Other | skate, roller
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Exhibit notes: In what boardroom did Winchester decide to manufacture roller skates?

Museum record: 1983.3.27 | ca. 1920 | .1 - Roller skates, .2 box; also (but not numbered) key, wrench, pamphlet, 2 laces, 2 small sleigh bells, 2 straps, and 2 toe clamps (plastic). | 1983.3.27v10.jpg | 1983.3.27v2.jpg | 1983.3.27v3.jpg | 1983.3.27v4.jpg | 1983.3.27v8.jpg | 1983.3.27v1.jpg | 1983.3.27v11.jpg | 1983.3.27v12.jpg | 1983.3.27v13.jpg | 1983.3.27v5.jpg | 1983.3.27v6.jpg | 1983.3.27v7.jpg | 1983.3.27v9.jpg | Other | skate, roller