NRA Gun Collectors Committee to Present National Treasure Awards at Baltimore Antique Arms Show March 17
TIMONIUM, Md. – The NRA Gun Collectors Committee will present the prestigious National Treasure Award to a pair of exceptional historically significant firearms at the Maryland Arms Collectors Association’s 64th Annual Baltimore Antique Arms Show, scheduled for March 17, 2018 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Cow Palace in Timonium, Maryland.
The presentation, scheduled for 2 p.m., marks the first awarding of the National Treasure Award in two decades. The award is reserved for arms that meet stringent historical and grading criteria, including condition, rarity, artistry, authenticity, and more. Historical significance is heavily weighted by the prominence of the past owners of the firearm, and their collective positive contribution to the American experience.
Past recipients of the National Treasure Award include a New Haven Arms Company Henry Rifle, serial number 6, which was presented to President Abraham Lincoln, and a pair of Colt U.S. Model 1847 Walker Revolvers, serial numbers 1009 and 1010, which were presented personally from Col. Samuel Colt to Capt. Samuel H. Walker, who designed the improved revolver that became the first revolver adopted by the U.S. government and insured Colt’s future as an arms maker.
The National Treasure Award is authorized by the NRA Gun Collectors Committee and recognized by the NRA National Firearms Museum, in Fairfax, Virginia. For more information about the forthcoming National Treasure Award presentation, contact NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier by email at PSchreier@nrahq.org.
NOTE: For security purposes, the identification of the firearms and owners will be withheld until the opening of the Baltimore Antique Arms Show.
About NRA Museums Since opening in 1935, the NRA Museums have become one of the world’s finest museum collections dedicated to firearms. The NRA Museums collection contains approximately 10,000 historically significant firearms from throughout history and around the world, representing the evolution of arms and their impact on global history. The collection is built by gifts of firearms, and is funded by NRA members and donations from individuals far sighted enough to share this vision of firearms education. NRA Museums operate three world-class museums in the U.S.: The NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia; the NRA National Sporting Arms Museums at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri; and the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. For more information, visit www.nramuseums.com.
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