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Town & Country Days Will Auction An Engraved Rifle

By Staff | Jul 28, 2010

Town & Country Days President Merle Lemasters and Talkington’s Gun Shop owner Bill Talkington show off the one-of-a-kind, special Town & Country Days edition Henry “Golden Boy” .22 engraved rifle to be auctioned off at the fair on Aug. 14 at 1 p.m.

In celebration of Town & Country Days’ 50th Anniversary, a one-of-a-kind Henry “Golden Boy” .22 engraved rifle will be auctioned off at the fair on Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. This American-made rifle is engraved by master engraver and Riflesmith Larry A. Parker. The rifle also comes with an autographed certificate of authenticity. Engraved on this unique rifle is an eagle and the Town & Country Days logo illustrating its theme of “50 Years of People Sharing.”

Parker has engraved by hammer and chisel and has built rifles since 1958. As a Riflesmith he builds fine muzzle loading rifles and pistols, and custom-makes stocks of modern rifles and shotguns. For the past 16 years he’s taught engraving and displayed his work at the Gunmaker’s Fair in Kempton, Pa. For the past six years he’s also displayed his work at the National Rifle Association’s annual conventions in Pittsburgh, Houston, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Louisville, Phoenix, and Charlotte, N.C. Additionally, Parker has given seminars for Cabela’s in the gun library and is scheduled to make an appearance at Cabela’s on Dallas Pike sometime in August.

Parker is one of two living engravers who has two pieces of work in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyo. He’s had several pieces of work on the covers of national magazines. In this dying art, there are also only about 330 hand engravers in the American Engravers Guild to date.

Bill Talkington, owner of Talkington’s Gun Shop, donated the beautifully crafted, special edition rifle.

It will be on display in his store located on state Route 2 between New Martinsville and Paden City until the auction. This year’s Town & Country Days will be held at the Wetzel County 4-H camp from Aug. 9-14. The fair is located approximately three miles east of New Martinsville on state Route 7.

Close up photo of engraving of the fair’s logo.

For detailed information and photographs of the rifle visit townandcountrydays.org/.