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Herman P. Dean Antique Firearms Collection

The Herman P. Dean Firearms Collection is the result of a lifetime of informed and enthusiastic collecting. An avid sportsman, historian, and one of the founders of the Huntington Museum of Art, Herman P. Dean was known internationally for his historic firearms collection and his expertise on the subject.

The Dean Collection traces the use of firearms from the earliest hand cannon through the machine-made weapons of the 19th century. The exhibition focuses on firearms and accouterments of the American frontier. Themes explored in the exhibit include: Craft & History of Early Firearms; Firearms Invention; The Kentucky Rifle; Powder Horns; English Arms in America; Men Who Made the Gun; Gunmaker as Craftsman; Target and Hunting Guns; and Gun Making Tools.

Image credit: Shown is the Huntington Museum of Art gallery that is home to the Herman P. Dean Antiques Firearms Collection. Photo by Sa-Rai Robinette.


This collection is part of the HMA permanent collection.
Header Image: Robert Berlind (American, 1938-2015), Passage, Study, 2008. Oil on linen. Museum purchase; 2008.12. Photo by John Spurlock. This work is on view in the HMA exhibit titled The Visual Elements: Color Presented by Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers through Nov. 19, 2023.