Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Mosey; 1860 – 1926) was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Her talent first came to light when at age 15 she won a shooting match against traveling show marksman Frank E. Butler, whom she later married. The couple joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show a few years later.
Oakley met Native-American leader Sitting Bull in 1884, and he was so impressed with her manner and abilities that he "adopted" her and bestowed upon her the additional name "Little Sure Shot."
Oakley received the spotlight and top billing in the Wild West show while Butler worked as her manager, assisting Oakley with her stunning displays of marksmanship.
Audiences were wowed. She could shoot off the end of a cigarette held in her husband's lips, hit the thin edge of a playing card from 30 paces and shoot distant targets while looking into a mirror. She would also shoot holes through cards thrown into the air before they landed, inspiring the practice of punching holes in a free event ticket being referred to as an "Annie Oakley." Oakley even entertained such royals as Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II—and shot a cigarette out of the Kaiser's mouth.
This pendant necklace of a pistol gun marked ANNIES was made circa 1970s, probably a tribute piece to honor this amazing woman.
The little figural gun pendant is made of bronzed metal with etched detailing, likely made to look like Oakley's actual gun (though she surely had many). The gun measures 3 1/4 by 1 1/4 inches. The original link chain is 18 inches long and can be clasped right at the gun trigger loop.
Excellent vintage condition. A great gift for the aspiring markswoman - sharpshooter.
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Vintage Annie Oakley Gun Pendant Chain Necklace