While there, I noticed a plaque displayed with the following on it:
My Arms Collection
These are man-made Tools of War or Peace, of Love or Hate
Labeled at will by man, their Creator.
Tools, ingeniously designed, used by Aggressor or Defender
classed again by man, their Maker.
Blameless, products of metal and wood, shaped by the skill of
Master Mechanics, embellished by the hand of an Artist --
condemned because of mis-use by man, their Possessor.
A mighty Protector on the side of right -- A Destroyer on
the side of Evil -- an eternal Chameleon.
Look upon them as they are displayed -- impotent Curios of a
day now past, outliving their Masters.
Let their purpose and history be forever in the eyes of the
beholder; romantic, destroying or preserving; weaving untold tales
of daring or cowardice, of chivalry or cunning. But see them as
they shall always be -- ominous reminders of sudden action --
the instruments of the Quick and the Nemesis of the Dead.
Ray Riling 1960
Ray Riling was a long-time collector of arms and books about them. He also wrote several specialized works on various aspects of arms collecting. He established Ray Riling Arms Books Co., Inc., said to be America's oldest mail order arms books company. His son, Joe Riling, continues the business.