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Henry American Bison Tribute

Serial # 0002 of 1091

-Custom-Engraved Henry Repeating .45-70 Rifle

Plus:

-Hand-Forged Ross Tyser Custom Knife

  - Print of Charcoal Artwork by Ray Kelly

-Print of Oil Painting by Rosemary Millett

All with Matching Serial # 0002BISON1091

All Made In America

 

In 1889, William Hornady, a founder of the American Bison Society, compiled a tally of Bison in North America. He recorded 85 wild, 256 in private herds, 550 near Great Slave Lake in Canada and 200 under Federal protection in the United States.

Of the tens of millions of Bison that once ranged America, the American Bison Society reported that only 1,091 remained.                         

The Hunting Heritage Trust is proud to present this “Return of a Monarch” tribute to the iconic American Bison. We celebrate the Bison’s return from the brink of extinction to healthy populations with this Special Bison Tribute of 1,091 specially engraved Henry Repeating Arms .45-70 rifles, hand-forged Ross Tyser  Bowie Knives, and art prints of the artwork featured on the rifle—all with matching serial numbers.

Custom-Engraved Henry Brass Receiver 45-70

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

The rifle selected for the “”Return of a Monarch” Tribute is the Henry Repeating Arms .45-70 lever action with brass receiver and presentation-grade Walnut stock. The .45-70 has been a part of the American shooting scene for nearly 150 years but the Henry lever action .45-70 with solid brass receiver has been available to Henry Repeating fans and .45-70 fans for just a short time.

This new brass receiver Model  H010B features a 22-inch octagonal barrel and four-round capacity. Receiver is drilled and tapped for a Weaver 63B mount. Also features solid brass butt plate, sling swivels, large loop lever, full adjustable semi-buckhorn rear and brass beaded front sight. Overall rifle length is 40.4” and weight is 8.10 pounds.

Stock is straight grip Presentation grade American walnut. The photos showing box, serial number and each side of butt stock and each side of forearm are photos of the gun you are bidding on. Other photos are generic photos showing engraving and other features of rifle, knife and artwork.

Engraving on the right side of the receiver is based on an original charcoal drawing, “On the Brink” created for this project by well-known South Dakota artist Ray Kelly. It portrays a Bison bull and cow looking over an expanse of prairie that once included thousands of grazing bison. The question posed by the painting is whether Bison, then on the brink, would ever again graze American prairies.  The “Return of a Monarch” Bison Tribute celebrates the fact that, today; Bison again graze America’s prairies by the thousands.

Engraving on receiver’s left side is based on a Wild Wings exclusive Rosemary Millett oil painting entitled “Dusty Plains Bison”.  Millet created the painting after watching two bison bulls walk across a South Dakota plain and being amazed at how much dust two ambling bison could generate.

Your rifle symbolizes one of the last 1,091 bison remaining in America in 1889. It is unique opportunity to show your respect for the Bison—named America’s National Mammal in 2016-and to display a custom-engraved rifle in your office or den alongside the paintings on which your rifle’s engraving was based--all with matching serial number!

1-    As the high bidder on this rifle, Serial Number 0002BISON1091, you will also receive the Ross Tyser Bowie Knife and art prints described below—all with serial numbers matching your rifle.

Ross Tyser “Bison Tribute Bowie Knife

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The “Return of a Monarch” series also features a hand-forged Bowie knife by nationally known knife maker, Ross Tyser. Ross has been selected to create more SHOT Show Auction knives than any knife maker in the 27-year history of the SHOT Show auction. The knife typically sells for $695.00 with free shipping. If you are high bidder for this auction, you will also receive knife Serial number 0002BISON1091 (not serial number 1091BSON0001shown).

The knife is a full 14 inches from tip to butt. Blade is 8.25 inches long and 2 inches wide at its widest.  Handle is Desert Ironwood.  Ross said “In creating this Bison tribute, I strived for a truly ‘American Blade’.  In doing so, the first and most compelling design that came to mind was the classic Bowie. I also chose to go old school with a leather pre-guard in front of the Bronze cross guard.  In my view, a Full tang was the only option for this knife to maintain a clean classic profile.  My choice for blade material was 52100, while there is a good chance that most of  these knives will never see use in the field it is my desire that should the need arise the knife will be able to perform the task at hand at the time.  Every knife in this series is hand made by me in my shop in South Carolina and shipped direct to the buyer”.  

The left side of the blade features an engraved rendition of the original “On the Brink” artwork by Ray Kelly.

The right side of the blade features Ross Tyser’s signature. The knife’s unique serial number is featured on the spine.

Your knife will be shipped free, with an oak walnut display case as shown in the photos.

Ray Kelly “On the Brink" Charcoal Drawing  

 

 
 

The engraving on the right side of the rifle receiver is based on an original charcoal drawing, “On the Brink” created especially for this project by well-known South Dakota artist Ray Kelly. The question posed by the painting is whether Bison, then on the brink, would ever again graze American prairies.  The “Return of a Monarch” Bison Tribute celebrates the fact that, today; Bison again graze America’s prairies by the thousands.

The painting is typically available for $79.00. It is signed and shipped free, unframed, direct from Mr. Kelly’s studio. If you are high bidder on this auction, you will also receive this print serial # 0002BISON1091.

Ray Kelly is a multi-talented artist born and raised in South Dakota. Self -taught, he works mostly in graphite and colored pencils, but is also an accomplished sculptor working with bronze casting.  His topics vary from western to wildlife, and rodeo scenes.  He also does much commission work.   He has done artwork for Ducks Unlimited, Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, Quail Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, and many other organizations. 

The “On the Brink” print is 18"x 24" signed and numbered on 110 lb. acid-free matt finished paper.  

Rosemary Millett “Dusty Plains Bison

 

 
 

Engraving on receiver’s left side is replicates a Wild Wings exclusive Rosemary Millett oil painting entitled “Dusty Plains Bison”.  Millet created the painting after watching two bison bulls walk across a South Dakota plain and being amazed at how much dust two ambling bison could generate.

Print is reproduced from the original painting on high-quality, woven cotton-blend canvas.  Image size, 24" x 36". Framed size is 30" x 40" with 3" dark rustic pine-finished molding and brass nameplate.  This fine art print is a Wild Wings exclusive and  typically sells for $495. If you are high bidder on this auction, you will receive print #0002BISON1091 (not the 1091BISON0001 shown)

 
 

The funds generated through the Treasures & Traditions auction will benefit the Hunting Heritage Trust. Its mission is to provide support for innovative programs and strategic actions that will help perpetuate America's hunting and shooting sports heritage. The Hunting Heritage Trust is recognized as a 501c3 public charity by the IRS. 

 

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  • Items listed on this auction will only be transferred in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.
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  • All shipping free.
  • Payment must be received within 7 days of close of auction.

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