Model 1895 No. 62488

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Ulrich Engraved Winchester 1895 Short Rifle .30 US 03 s/n 62448 mfg 1910 � 22� round barrel; Style 4 engraved receiver w/game scene and bear on left side; hunter and stags on right side; gold inlay bands on the receiver, barrel and crescent buttplate; fancy style D carved walnut stocks with oak leaves and brass shield inlayed on left side of buttstock. Provenance: Henry A. Snow; then consigned to Bonhams & Butterfields Auction of April 21, 2008, by Snow�s grandson and subsequently purchased by Mike Clark of Collectors Firearms. Rob Kassab is the current owner.

This rifle belonged to Henry A. Snow who was a naturalist, big-game hunter, film producer, and founded the Oakland Zoo in 1922. Snow�s trophy collection was in the Snow Museum of Natural History, now part of the Oakland Museum of California. Snow was a pioneer--a big-game hunter who was part zoologist and part explorer. Henry A. Snow was a naturalist, big game hunter and film producer. He, and his son Sidney with fellow hunter Leslie Simson, were sent by the city of Oakland to collect specimens for a projected museum. The city failed to pass the bond measure for the funds and when the men returned after two years Mr. Simson donated the specimens he brought back to the Los Angeles County Museum. Mr. Snow, however, stayed in Oakland opened the Snow Museum of Natural History in 1922 with the specimens he had returned with, including 169 mammals, 1500 birds, 5000 bird eggs and 40,000 insect specimens. The museum was intended to be temporary until the city of Oakland voted funds for the new museum. After the tremendous public interest of 1922-23 died down the Snow Museum became a permanent fixture. Mr. Snow and his son mounted an expedition to the Arctic in an effort to raise interest, but the stock market crash of 1929 ended any hopes of a new museum complex, which was not built until the 1960s. Another gold-inlaid Model 1895, serial no. 78191, was presented to Snow in 1922, and was formerly in the collection of Ivan B. Hart (reference page 279 of Winchester Engraving by R.L. Wilson).

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