The exclusive single-venue showing features six Tiffany & Co. designed revolvers, four pistols, one rifle and one presentation sword. The collection is rivaled only by the firearms on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Cased Pair of Presentation New Model Belt or Navy Pistols (popularly known as the Colt Model 1861 Navy Pistols), 1863/1867. Robert M. Lee Collection © 2012 Robert M. Lee Trust.
Tiffany & Co., founded by Lewis Tiffany in 1837, commenced production of fine guns and presentation swords in the 1850s and continued until the end of the First World War. The company has collaborated with the likes of Samuel Colt, Henry Deringer, Winchester and Smith & Wesson during this time. The items in the exhibition span from 1893 and 1994.
Smith & Wesson Presentation and Exhibition Frontier Tiffany & Co Revolver, circa 1892-93. Robert M. Lee Collection © 2012 Robert M. Lee Trust.
“The magic of Tiffany & Co. arms drew clients the likes of Theodore Roosevelt,” said R. L. Wilson, curator of firearms for the Robert M. Lee Collection, “and inspired the creative instincts of the firm’s designers, from the first objects of the mid-19th century, continuing up through modern times. The Robert M. Lee Collection showcases some of Tiffany’s most exquisite pieces.”
The firearms in the exhibition are featured in a series of books, published by Yellowstone Press, under the umbrella title The Art of the Gun.