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Lot 1002: SMITH & WESSON FIRST MODEL, MODEL OF 1896 HAND EJECTOR DA REVOLVER
Outstanding Spring 2007 Firearms Auction- Day 2
March 13, 2007
Fairfield, ME, USA
Description: SMITH & WESSON FIRST MODEL, MODEL OF 1896 HAND EJECTOR DA REVOLVER. Cal. 32 S&W. SN 8273. Nickel finish with 3-1/4" keyhole bbl, half moon front sight with rear sight mounted atop the cyl stop bar in the top strap. It is fitted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Backstrap is engraved "NEWARK POLICE NO 1." Accompanied by a Smith & Wesson Factory letter identifying this revolver as having been shipped March 8, 1897 to Lyman E. Kane, no address listed. It was shipped with black hard rubber grips in a shipment of 45 same type revolvers. Letter further states that "This is the correct serial range for the Newark Police revolvers, which were shipped on March 27, 1897. There is no information in company records that connect Kane to Newark Police Department. It is strange that two groups would be shipped 19 days apart one group to a Mr. Kane and another directly to the Newark Police Department." Also accompanying is copy of p. 260 of Genealogical and Memorial History of New Jersey & New York, 1910, Lee, which lists Lyman Edward Kane, born Nov. 22, 1847, who was a police commissioner in 1895 and again in 1905. He had served as a drummer boy in the Civil War. Also included is p. 146 of the Essex County, N.J., Illustrated, which has a picture of Mr. Kane as Police Commissioner and also shows a picture of the 2nd Police Precinct building. One additional item accompanying is a copy of p. 672 of a city directory which lists Lyman E. Kane as a police commissioner. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Retains 96-97% strong orig nickel with a few flakes on each side of the frame and light screwdriver marks around three of the sideplate screws. Grips are sound with great fire & color and retain most of their orig polish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-30709 JR420