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Lots 153: Annie Oakley’s Personal 20 Gauge Parker Brothers Shotgun

Annie Oakley Parker Brothers Shotgun manufactured by Parker to Annie’s specifications. *S/N 181313, 20 gauge, 27” barrels, with special safety device mounted on left side of receiver, 15 1/4" buttstock, steel front bead, GH Grade. CONDITION: Bright bores, 95% barrel blue, 40% case color on frame, checkering and engraving still strong, walnut stock cracked and repaired at wrist. Brass inscription plate on stock reads: “Annie Oakley to Curtis Liston 12, 25, 18.” Curtis was a fellow Buffalo Bill’s Wild West performer, and friend of Annie and Frank Butler. She gifted him the gun for Christmas 1918. 

PROVENANCE: Ex: Michael Del Castello Collection

Literature: Pictured, page 137, “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West; An American Legend” by R. L. Wilson with Greg Martin, Random House, New York, 1998. Pictured: “US Steel News”, October 1950, in an article about Curtis Liston that includes an image of him holding the shotgun (publication included in lot). 

Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 11, 2016
Sold $195,500

Lot 152: Annie Oakley’s Personal Hotel Trunk

A classic travel trunk from Annie Oakley’s personal collection, descended through her family. Stenciled on top: “Annie Oakley. / Hotel.” Iron-bound hardwood, 13 1/2" x 38" x 21". 

PROVENANCE: Ex: Don Blakeley Collection (Annie was his great-aunt); to Cody Old West Auction 2009; to current owner.

Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 11, 2016
Sold $19,550