This Winchester rifle, made in 1878, is decorated with an image of Diana, the Greek goddess of the hunt.

  • Winchester Rifle

According to the manufacturer’s records, this was one of a few ‘special guns’ made for an undisclosed owner. In 1951, the then owner, Mr Volkes, claimed he acquired it from William Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill.

Legend has it that in 1904, when returning home from a tour of Great Britain, Buffalo Bill was unable to pay for his passage at the port of Liverpool, so he traded his gun for a ticket. The only thing we can say with any certainty is that this makes a good story. Who this unique gun was actually made for still remains a tantalizing mystery.