By Lars Dalseide | October 21 2010 16:24

The Harrington & Richardson Centennial display case in the NRA National Firearms Museum's Petersen Gallery There are four hundred guns on display in the National Firearms Museum's Petersen Gallery. While most arrived as singles, some arrived in groups. On such group is the Harrington & Richardson Centennial display case.

The 1876 Centennial Exposition was the first World's Fair held in the States. Staged in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it also served as an anniversary celebration for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Anxious to do their patriotic part, arms manufacturer Harrington & Richardson submitted a display case of their work — twenty-four revolvers that represented some of the finest firearms of the time.

The display was a huge success. Winning two gold medals for their work, Harrington & Richardson ultimately installed the display in the lobby of their building as a symbol of excellence.

"This case highlights the fines in artistic craftsmanship that H&R could produce at the time," said Senior Curator Phil Schreier. "Some may not associate Harrington & Richardson as an example of engraving and artistic excellence, but the 1876 case would prove them wrong. Plated nickel, full coverage engraving, the finest walnut, rosewood, carved ivory and mother of pearl — it's simply a breathtaking piece manufacturing artistry."

We're going to stop Phil there. After all, if you had all the details about the Harrington & Richardson Revolver display case then you'd have no reason to tune into tonight's Curator's Corner segment, featuring National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier at 10:40 p.m. on NRANews.com or on Sirius/XM Patriot.

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