"Owned By" can have two meaningsJanuary 1 2012 at 4:45 PM
RedFeather (Login RedFeather)
Response to True,,,, but
Say someone made a special rifle for Teddy Roosevelt but he never used it, held it or saw it in person. Not unusual for a gun maker to do so back then. Well, you could say that TR had owned it, but is it the same as his "Big Medicine" rifle which he used in Africa? The link to the famous person is not as strong. same thing. If the Queen Bee was ordered for Mrs. Beeman but never even used, then just sold as a custom, like others Beeman offered at the time, it's just another "special order" gun. Same as you could once have made by Winchester, Marlin or Stevens. Yes, you expect to pay more for them due to their unique features but the ownership angle really only comes into play if it was a famous owner who used it. You see a lot of this with Hollywood celebrity auctions. Stuff they owned but never used doesn't bring as much as real personal items.
One thing I'll say for this thread is I've learned a bit more history about this particular gun.