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Recovered Engraved Winchester Rifle - Looking for Owner
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May 9, 2018 - 3:05 pm
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I am looking for the owner or museum that may have had a Model 1866 Octagon Barrel .44 Henry RF cartridge – gilded presentation rifle stolen. The rifle was engraved Governor O.J. Dunn ( Reconstruction Lt. Governor of Louisiana). SN# 38533 

 

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May 9, 2018 - 4:00 pm
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Sounds like a neat gun. Mind sharing a picture? Thanks,

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May 10, 2018 - 2:13 am
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send me an email address…I can’t figure out how to up load a photo here

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May 10, 2018 - 1:35 pm
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There’s gotta be a story here that I’m sure we would like to hear. What say you Dr. Mitchell?

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I am not at liberty at the moment to discuss the exactly how this weapon was recovered since it is an ongoing police matter. I was asked if I would assist in finding which collection, museum, or collector it was stolen from. 

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If anyone has a detailed list of the missing firearms from the Enewold Collection ( stolen in a burgulary in 1992 in Reno, Nevada) please forward it to me. 

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I don’t understand what you are looking for? You wanted to know which collector or museum they were taken from but then you said in your last post they were stolen from the Enewold collection. If the police have a theft report it should have the party it was stolen from.

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Police should be able to run a trace on the serial # if it was reported.

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Dr. Mitchell said
If anyone has a detailed list of the missing firearms from the Enewold Collection ( stolen in a burgulary in 1992 in Reno, Nevada) please forward it to me. 

Dr. Mitchell   

As Bob stated, I’m also confused about what your looking for.

Are you looking to contact Mr. Or Mrs. Enewold or the Enewold Family or the family heirs? In regards to firearms that they had in their collection concerning the Lt. Louisiana Governor O.J. Dunn? Are you asking this because you would like to know more about the History of those firearms?

I only ask because it appears you are a history professor for the University of Arkansas and a former Louisiana Resident?

If the gun was recovered in Arkansas, I would imagine the local and/or state police have access to stolen firearms data, or they would be able to contact the BATF or the FBI. Also if your a State of Arkansas employee, is there not anyone at the State level that could also help you obtain such information?

Just trying to better understand. Is there any more back story you can give us?

It sounds like Mr. Dunn was a interesting historical figure.

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Brady Henderson

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A friend sent me a link to the colt forum where this was posted.

Bob

Robert Enewold was an old time gun collector in Reno, Nevada. I went to his house, looked at his guns, and visited with him many times in the 1980s. He had a tremendous collection, mostly Colts & Winchesters, and they were layed out all over his house. He was an old guy then. He was in the military in the 1940s-50s and took trips into small towns wherever he was stationed. He said he would go into bars and gas stations and say “who has old guns around here?”. No one else wanted old guns, and he bought guns everywhere he went. Thousands of guns. He had great stories of how these guns were acquired, and I loved hearing them. Most involved going to old farms, ranches, or mines and buying direct from the families. Many times old leather, badges, and pictures accompanied the guns. The true golden era for gun collectors. For some reason, posterity I guess, he stamped his name with a very small stamp hidden somewhere on his guns (mentioned in Cochrans book). Unfortunately, in his old age he was careless and let any stranger come to his house, visit, and look at his guns. Hundreds of his best guns “disappeared under mysterious circumstances. They are out there. Look for guns marked Enewold, or with these serial numbers. This is just a small number of the missing guns. A $10,000 (ten thousand dollar) REWARD IS OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE RECOVERY OF THESE MISSING FIREARMS BY THE ROBERT F. ENEWOLD FAMILY MISSING LEVER ACTION RIFLES (Partial List)
Gun# Description Serial #
1. 44 R.F. 1866 Winchester Rifle Serial # inside Silver Plate–Factory Engraved
2. 44 R.F. 1866 Winchester Rifle Serial # inside Silver Plate–Engraved
3. 44 R.F. Henry Rifle Serial # 115 Silver Plate Receiver Engraved
4. 44 R.F. Winchester 1866 Carbine Serial # 166115 Brass Frame–Ulrich Factory Engraved
5. 38-40 C.F. Winchester 1873 Serial #35033 Deluxe Rifle–Full Nickle Engraved
7. 44 R.F. Winchester 1866 Deluxe Engraved Serial #35876
8. 44 R.F. Winchester 1866 Serial #38174 Brass Frame–Ulrich Engraved & Signed
9. 44 R.F. Henry–Factory Engraved Serial #6969 (like page 47 in Madis Book)
10. 44 R.F. Henry Rifle–Frosted Nickle Serial #458 Plate–inscribed to Gen. Butler
11. 44 R.F. Winchester 1866 Carbine Brass Serial #15438 Frame–Nimsche Engraved & Signed
12. 38-40 C.F. Winchester 1873 Deluxe Serial #129339 Rifle–Gold Plated Receiver–Engraved
13. 44 R.F. Winchester 1866 Brass Frame– Serial #383650 Nimsche Engraved & Signed 14. 44 R.F. Winchester 1866 Brass Frame– Serial #28308 Engraved–inscribed Patrick Conner
16. 44 R.R. Henry Rifle–Silver Plate Serial #102 Receiver Engraved
17. 44 Henry Iron Frame Rifle Serial #59
MISSING SINGLE ACTION COLTS (Partial List)
Gun# Description Serial #
20. 45 S.A. Colt–7 1/2 Bbl– Serial #68800 one piece ivory grip–historical gun
21. 45 S.A. Colt–5 1/2 Bbl–engraved– Serial #102974 carved pearl grip–historical gun
22. 45 S.A. Colt–7 1/2 Bbl–U.S.– Serial #6326 wooden grips
23. 41 S.A. Colt–4 3/4 Bbl– Serial #331331 Ivory and engraved
24. 44-40 S.A. Colt–2 1/2 Bbl– Serial #127266 engraved–historical gun
25. 44 S.A. Colt–5 1/4 Bbl–rare– Serial #931 dual fire–ivory grips
26. 45 S.A. Colt–7 1/2 Bbl– Serial #1282 early balck rubber eagle grips
27. 41 S.A. Colt–4 3/4 Bbl– Serial #330924 ivory grips–engraved
28. 45 Smoothbore S.A. Colt–5 1/2 Bbl– Serial#240043 engraved–historical gun
29. 38-40 S.A. Colt–7 1/2 Bbl– Serial #173831 silver engraved–one piece ivory grips
30. 38 S.A. Colt–7 1/2 Bbl–engraved– Serial #243220 ivory grips
31. 32 S.A. Colt–7 1/2 Bbl–engraved Serial #304018 ivory grips
32. 45 S.A. Colt–7 1/2 Bbl-pearl grips Serial #85750
33. 38 S.A. Colt–7 1/2 Bbl– Serial #349312 carved ivory grips
34. 38 Special S.A.Colt-5 1/2 Bbl-engraved Serial #453
35. 44 Special S.A. Colt–5 1/2 Bbl– Serial #125494 English address–historical gun
36. 45 S.A. Colt–5 1/2 Bbl–U.S. Serial #82139
37. 45 S.A. Colt–7 1/2 Bbl–ivory grips Serial #274365
38. 45 S.A. Colt–5 1/2 Bbl–pearl grips Serial #159726
39. 38-40 S.A. Colt–Bisley Long flute– Serial #251117 4 3/4 Bbl
NOTE: This is only a partial list of firearms missing from the Robert F. Enewold collection

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Last time I talked to Robert Enewold, was not long before he passed away from cancer.  He told me that at that time, he figured he still had over 50 brass frame Winchesters, not counting all the other stuff.  Bob is right about the tiny stamp.  He marked nearly everything he had.  This stamp was so small, you could hardly read it with a magnifying glass.  I have a Winchester bullet mold in near new condition in .40-370 Paper Patch with his stamp on it.

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 Stolen guns is  a scary subject. With the internet, serial numbers are instantaneously available and easily traceable. Unknowingly being in the chain of ownership can be expensive and embarrassing. If someone put together a composite list of all stolen Winchesters from all known sources, I’d buy it! Some government lists are only available to Police Departments. Have you ever wondered why gun dealers list the serial number with the last three numbers as x’s ?  If every WACA member posted every stolen gun s/n they saw on any list it would be a good start! T/R

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