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Day 2 - Premiere Collector's Firearms Auction

by Rock Island Auction Company


996 lots with images

December 1, 2012

Live Auction

7819 42nd Street West

Rock Island, IL, 61201 USA

Phone: 800-238-8022

Fax: 309-797-1655

Email: info@rockislandauction.com

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Desirable Colt Bisley Model Frontier Six Shooter 44-40 Single Action Revolver

Lot 1350: Desirable Colt Bisley Model Frontier Six Shooter 44-40 Single Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $4500 - 6500 Manufactured in 1903 right after the turn of the century. Fixed blade front sight, one line Hartford address on top of barrel and "(BISLEY MODEL)/COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" marked on left. The frame has the two line, three date patent marking followed by the circled Rampant Colt on the left side, "3" above the firing pin hole in the hammer cutout and "2364" assembly number marked on the loading gate. Matching serial numbers on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. Wide, low hammer spur with smooth wide trigger, characteristic "humpback" grip and fitted checkered hard rubber grips with Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44-40 Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 245826 Condition: Very fine. The barrel and cylinder retain 85% plus bright original high blue finish with muzzle and high edge wear and a smooth mottled brown patina on the grip straps (which retain 40% original blue). The frame retains 30% original case colors. The very fine grips have faded to brown with a few minor chips and dings on the lower edge and left panel bottom, and crisp checkering. The markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Exceptional Colt London Agency Shipped Model 1877 Lightning Etched Panel Double Action Sheriffs Model Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot 1351: Exceptional Colt London Agency Shipped Model 1877 Lightning Etched Panel Double Action Sheriffs Model Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $6000 - 9000 The factory letter confirms with features including the 3 1/2 inch barrel with the grips "Not Listed." The revolver was shipped to the London Agency at 14 Pall Mall, London, England, on March 11, 1889. The barrel has the two-line Hartford address on the top, "38" stamped on the underside and "COLT D.A. 38" in an acid etched panel on the left side. The Colt three line/ three date patent markings are stamped on the left side of the frame. The number "812" is on the rear cylinder face and the number "814" is on the loading gate. London "crown/ V" and "crown/ P" proof and inspection marks are stamped in each of the six cylinder flutes and on the underside of the barrel. Finished in high polish blue on the barrel, cylinder and grip straps, casehardened frame and loading gate, and niter blue on the screws, ejector pin, trigger and hammer. Fitted with checkered grips featuring the Rampant Colt. BBL: 3 1/2 inch Stock: Gauge: 38 long Colt Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: black hard rubber Serial Number: 66845 Condition: Excellent, with 95% of the bright original blue finish, showing a small amount of brown patina on the gripstraps and cylinder, and scattered handling marks. Case colors are bright and vivid with a few patches of brown patina and the niter blue components are strong and fiery, with mild wear on the screws. Grips are very good, slightly undersized with mild handling marks. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional example of a British proofed, London Agency Colt Lighting DA Revolver.

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Colt Sheriffs Model 1877 Lightning Etched Panel Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot 1352: Colt Sheriffs Model 1877 Lightning Etched Panel Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $1900 - 2500 The included factory letter confirms the caliber, barrel length, finish and hard rubber grips. The revolver was shipped to Hartley & Grahm of New York City on March 1, 1880 as part of a 75 gun shipment. Fixed sights, with the two line address, and etched "COLT. D.A. 38" panel on the barrel, and the three-line patent markings on the left side of the frame. Full nickel, with the long, knurled cylinder pin, checkered hammer and bird's head grips with Rampant Colt imprints. Factory records state that this revolver was shipped to Hartley & Graham of New York City in March of 1880. BBL: 2 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 long Colt Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 23536 Condition: Very fine with 90% of the original nickel finish, showing some minor flaking at the high edges and muzzle, a tiny amount of pitting on the exposed, gray steel, and mild scratches and handling marks overall. A number of dents are visible on the sides of the front sight. Grips are fine, with a small flat spot on each side and minimal dents. Mechanically excellent.

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Scarce

Lot 1353: Scarce "Sheriffs" Model Colt 1878 Frontier Six Shooter Double Action Revolver with Rare 4 Inch Barrel

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Description: Estimate: $3750 - 5500 Manufactured in 1891 in the Storekeeper configuration, with the scarce 4 inch barrel and frame properly made without provision for an ejector rod. The barrel has the short two line Hartford address (double stamped) on top and "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" stamped on the left side. Left side of frame has a circled Rampant Colt on the left side. Hammer and trigger are niter blue. Checkered hard rubber grips, with wedge designs at the bottom and Rampant Colt imprints at the top. BBL: 4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44-40 WCF Finish: Nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 28909 Condition: Fine, with 65% of the original nickel finish, showing mild edge wear, a brown patina on the top of the barrel and scattered areas of brown patina. Loose front sight. Grips are good, with a chip absent on the left heel, a smaller chip from the right, mild cracks and a brown aged color. Mechanically good.

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Attractive Colt Model 1878 Frontier Six Shooter Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips

Lot 1354: Attractive Colt Model 1878 Frontier Six Shooter Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips

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Description: Estimate: $4000 - 6000 Manufactured in 1893. The barrel has the one line Hartford address with "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" on the left side. The lower left rear of the frame is stamped with a circled Rampant Colt. The serial number is on the toe of the butt and the partial serial number "755" on the rear cylinder face. The loading gate has the number "29". All nickel finish with niter blue trigger and hammer. It has smooth two piece pearl grips with a lanyard swivel on the butt. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44-40 Finish: nickel Grips: pearl Serial Number: 31755 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 85% plus original nickel finish with some muzzle wear and scattered flaking and blistering. There are a few small areas that have "frosted". The trigger and hammer retain about half of the original bright niter blue finish mainly in protected areas. The grips are excellent with a few minor scratches and handling marks. The action needs work, the cylinder does not lock up. The markings are clear.

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Colt Thunderer Model 1877 Double Action Revolver

Lot 1355: Colt Thunderer Model 1877 Double Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $850 - 1300 Manufactured in 1902. Barrel has the two line Hartford address with caliber marking on left. Left side of frame has the three line, three date patent marking with a circled Rampant Colt. Matching numbers on frame and grip straps with assembly number "767" on the loading gate. Fitted with checkered Rampant Colt grips. BBL: 4 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 41 LC Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 134003 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% original blue finish with the balance a smooth gray patina. The frame retains 40% original case colors. The grips are fine with high edge wear and overall crisp checkering. Action functions fine.

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Rare Cased Factory Engraved Colt New Line .22 Caliber Revolver with Gold Inlaid Tortoise Cuff Links and

Lot 1356: Rare Cased Factory Engraved Colt New Line .22 Caliber Revolver with Gold Inlaid Tortoise Cuff Links and "Little Duke 1885" Incised Pearl Grips

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Description: Estimate: $10000 - 15000 Manufactured in 1876, this revolver features factory scroll engraving on the sides of the frame, a geometric design on the top of the barrel, zigzag and dot design on the sides of the barrel and side plate, a feather design on the top strap, floral design on top of the back strap and decorative zigzag line designs on the cylinder. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address, the bottom of the barrel is marked with the patent date and the serial number is marked on the butt with the partial serial number "112" on the underside of the barrel. The left frame side is marked "22 CAL", which is partial covered by the engraving. The revolver is nickel plated with a gold washed cylinder and cylinder pin, and is fitted with smooth pearl grips which are scrimshawed "Little Duke/1885" on the left panel. Complete with a leatherette case with silver initial plaque on the lid inscribed "ADW", satin lining on the inside of the lid and purple velvet in the case. In the case is two rectangle shaped tortise shell cuff links with a gold decorative bordering around the sides and a gold image of a New Line revolver on the top. BBL: 2 1/4 inch flat sided Stock: Gauge: 22 RF Finish: nickel/gold Grips: pearl Serial Number: 39112 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 97% original nickel finish. There are a few minor dings on the butt. The cylinder retains 75% original gold wash finish. The grips are excellent. The inscription appears to be of the period and remains clear. The markings and engraving are crisp. The action is excellent. The case is fine with some corner wear, a couple of minor tears and some moderate contact wear and soiling of the lining. The cuff links are excellent.

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Outstanding Silver Plated Moore's Patent Firearms Co. No. 1 Deringer with Rare Arrow Markings and Case

Lot 1357: Outstanding Silver Plated Moore's Patent Firearms Co. No. 1 Deringer with Rare Arrow Markings and Case

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Description: Estimate: $3500 - 5000 Manufactured from 1863 to 1865, the Moore No. 1 Deringer was the first large caliber metallic cartridge deringer pistol. The successor to Moore, National Arms Company, was purchased by Colt Firearms Company in 1870. Colt manufactured the Moore/National Firearms Deringer as the "First Model Deringer". This example of the Moore No. 1 Deringer has a silver plated finish and is decorated with the broad scroll engraving on the barrel and frame that was a standard feature on these pistols. The pistol has the scarce large arrow engraving on either side of the barrel, with the top of the barrel having the standard "MOORE'S PAT.F.A.CO.BROOKLYN N.Y." marking. The barrel underside has the 1863 patent date and the serial number. The deringer has the barrel release button on the right side of the frame, checkering in the grip area and a curved trigger sheath. The pistol comes with an oval case with purple lining, two compartments and black leatherette exterior. The lid of the case has an impressed five pointed star which has the markings "DAVIDSON/PATENT/--NCE" in the center. Four .41 Rimfire cartridges are also included. BBL: 2 1/2 inch irregular Stock: Gauge: 41 RF Finish: silver Grips: brass Serial Number: 1587 Condition: Excellent. The pistol retains 95% original silver-plating showing some scattered light pitting on the right side of the barrel and frame with some moderate pitting on the left side of the frame and the junction of the barrel and frame. The barrel markings are legible. The case is fine showing wear on the black leatherette around the edges of the lid and the top of the inner case lip. The leatherette hinge is broken. The lid markings are weak but legible. The purple velvet lining is very good with wear limited to some minor compression marks from the deringer. This is an excellent example of an original silver plated Moore's Patent No. 1 Deringer with rarely encountered case.

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Excellent Colt New Line Revolver

Lot 1358: Excellent Colt New Line Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $4250 - 5500 Manufactured in 1875, the second year of production. Standard two line address flanked by crosses on top of barrel, with the acid etched "COLT NEW 30" panel on the left side . Casehardened frame, blue barrel and cylinder. (scarce) "30 CAL" marked on the right upper frame just behind the recoil shield. Smooth varnished bird's head grips. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 30 RF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 6295 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 90% of the bright original high polish blue finish. Small areas of brown patina are scattered across the barrel and cylinder, concentrated on the sides and high edges, along with some light spotting and handling marks overall. 80% bright and vivid original case colors remain on the frame, with silvering on the edges, top strap and back strap. The grips are also excellent with almost all of the original varnish remaining showing some wear on the high edges and a few minor handling marks. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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Colt Model Number One Single Shot Derringer with London Proofmarks

Lot 1359: Colt Model Number One Single Shot Derringer with London Proofmarks

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 4000 Manufactured from 1870 to 1890, at some point this pistol passed through the Proofhouse at London. Additionally, the frame shows signs of having been left "in the white" by the factory, possibly with a view to further embellishment or special finish on arrival in Europe. German silver blade front and hammer groove rear sights, with the two line Hartford, CT. barrel address flanked by Maltese crosses with "No. 1" at the breech, and matching numbers on barrel and frame. The underside of the barrel bears the London "crown/V" and "crown/GP" proofs, with a small "G" is stamped on the frame ahead of the trigger, and light scroll engraving on the sides and behind the hammer. BBL: 2 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 41 Finish: blue Grips: metal Serial Number: 4355 Condition: Very fine overall. The barrel shows 80% of the original blue finish, with mild brown streaking and handling marks. The frame shows a finely aged gray steel patina, with no evidence of polishing or a lost finish, showing mild spotting. Mechanically very good. An excellent sample of Colt's pocket pistol production, with a combination of markings and features that inspires the imagination.

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Excellent Colt New Line Etched Panel 32 Single Action Revolver

Lot 1360: Excellent Colt New Line Etched Panel 32 Single Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 4250 Second Model Colt New Line manufactured in 1882. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address, the left side of the barrel has the etched panel "COLT NEW 32", "32CAL" is marked on the left side of the frame and the serial number is marked on the butt. Blade front and frame notch rear sights, all nickel finish with niter blue hammer, trigger and screws, and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with "COLT" at the top. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 18362 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 97% original nickel finish with some small areas of minor flaking on the cylinder and frame ahead of the cylinder. Almost all of the original bright niter blue remains on the protected area on the back side of the hammer, and most remains on the screw heads. The grips are also excellent with a small minor ding on the toe of the right panel and very crisp checkering. The etched panel and markings are clear and crisp. The action is excellent.

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Scarce and Desirable Colt New Police Revolver with Cop & Thug Grips

Lot 1361: Scarce and Desirable Colt New Police Revolver with Cop & Thug Grips

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Description: Estimate: $2250 - 3500 Manufactured in 1884, this was the final revolver in the New Line series. Fixed sights, with the two line address and the acid etched "NEW POLICE 38" panel on the barrel, "38 CAL" on the left side of the frame and the serial number on the butt. Fitted with a smooth niter blue spur trigger and checkered hammer (sides polished), niter blue screws, cylinder pin and release, "bulls eye" style ejector rod head, and black checkered hard rubber grips embossed with the "cop and thug" scene on the bottom and "COLT" in an oval at the top. Colt only manufactured approximately 4,000 New Police Revolvers from 1882 to 1886. BBL: 4 3/8 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 17383 Condition: Fine, with strong original blue concentrated in the protected areas, and a mottled gray patina on the balance. The front sight has been lowered slightly, and the panel has faded. The grips are also fine showing very little wear, with light handling marks. Mechanically needs minor adjustment.

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Colt New Line Model 22 Revolver with Etched Panel Markings

Lot 1362: Colt New Line Model 22 Revolver with Etched Panel Markings

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Description: Estimate: $850 - 1200 Manufactured in 1876, with long cylinder flutes. Blade and groove sights, with the two line Hartford barrel address on top of the barrel, patent markings under the cylinder pin and the etched oval "COLT NEW 22" on the left side. The serial number is marked on the butt, with the partial number "2148" on the underside of the barrel and the cylinder is mis-matched, "9482". The frame is marked "22 CAL" on the left side. Nickel finish with niter blue small parts and fitted with smooth rosewood grips. BBL: 2 1/4 inch flat sided Stock: Gauge: 22 RF Finish: nickel Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 22148 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 90% original nickel finish with wear limited to the edge of two cylinder flutes. Overall there are a few minor dings and light scratches. Most of the original bright niter blue finish remains on the small parts. The grips are also very fine with much of the original varnish remaining and showing a few minor chips in the varnish, some very minor high edge wear and light handling marks. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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Spectacular Cased Pair of Colt Third Model Thuer .41 Caliber Derringers

Lot 1363: Spectacular Cased Pair of Colt Third Model Thuer .41 Caliber Derringers

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 7000 A) Manufactured from 1875 to 1912. The top of the barrel is marked "-COLT-" in large italicized letters and "41 CAL" is marked on the left side of the frame. Serial number is on the left side of the frame under the grip and marked on the inside of each grip panel. Blue barrel, nickel frame, casehardened hammer and trigger, and fitted with smooth varnished grips. Complete in a period wooden case with inset brass shield on the lid and red velvet fitted lining. BBL: 2 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 41 RF Finish: blue/nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 825 Condition: Very fine. The barrel retains 75% original blue finish mixed with smooth plum patina. The frame retains 98% original nickel finish with a small area of flaking on the left side and some minor wear on the left side front edge at the breech. The grips are also very fine with 98% original varnish remaining, showing some high edge wear and a few light handling marks. The barrel marking is sharp. The action is excellent. The case is very good with the lid a little warped and showing scattered minor dings on the exterior and faded lining with some minor contact wear and soiling. - B) As "A". BBL: 2 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 41 RF Finish: blue/nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 21043 Condition: Very fine. The barrel retains 70% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The frame retains 95% original nickel finish with a small area of flaking on the right front and some high edge wear. The grips are also very fine with 95% original varnish, showing some high edge wear and a few minor dings and handling marks. The barrel marking is sharp. The action is excellent.

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Outstanding Factory Engraved Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver with Pearl Grips

Lot 1364: Outstanding Factory Engraved Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver with Pearl Grips

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Description: Estimate: $2250 - 3500 Manufactured in 1874 with a factory engraving. The sides of the frame have a scroll and punch dot engraving. The cylinder and area near the hammer extending to the backstrap have a dot and zigzag line motif with a star bust-like pattern flanking the left side of the barrel address. The cylinder has a zigzag line and dot motif. The top of the barrel has the two line Hartford address flanked by Maltese crosses and the left side of the frame is stamped "22 CAL". Matching numbers on the barrel and butt. Seven shot non-fluted cylinder, brass bird head frame and pearl grips. BBL: 2 3/8 inch round Stock: Gauge: 22 RF Finish: nickel Grips: pearl Serial Number: 111830 Condition: Excellent. The frame retains 90% original nickel finish with exposed areas of brass mostly in the engraving, with some minor frost and some light flaking overall. The lower right side of the frame near the trigger has a flat spot. The remaining surfaces retain 80% original nickel finish with some areas of flaking turned to a smooth dark patina. The grips are excellent with an extremely small chip missing near the frame on the left panel and a few mild scratches. The engraving and markings are clear and crisp. Mechanically excellent.

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Very Fine Deluxe Factory Engraved Colt New Line Revolver with Pearl Grips

Lot 1365: Very Fine Deluxe Factory Engraved Colt New Line Revolver with Pearl Grips

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Description: Estimate: $7000 - 9000 Manufactured in 1875, one year in advance of the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in which Colt displayed arms like this. The revolver has a nickel finish with niter blue screws and gold plated hammer, trigger, cylinder pin and cylinder. A floral scroll and punch dot engraving is featured on the barrel, frame and top strap with a zig zag pattern around the hammer which ends with a wedge of scrollwork. The cylinder flats have a geometric engraving and floral pattern on a punch dot background. The side plate has a floral engraved design. The top of the barrel is stamped with the two line Hartford address and the butt is stamped with the serial number and "30 CAL". The barrel and cylinder are numbered to the gun. Fitted with pearl grips that are also numbered to the gun. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 30 RF Finish: nickel/gold Grips: pearl grips Serial Number: 7977 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 97% original nickel finish with some minor flaking on the grip straps. The hammer and cylinder pin retain 40% of original gold plating and heavy amounts of original gold remain on the cylinder flutes with the balance a smooth gray patina. Most of the original niter blue finish remains on the screws. The grips are excellent with an attractive color. The engraving is crisp. Mechanically excellent.

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Excellent Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver

Lot 1366: Excellent Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $1000 - 1600 Manufactured in 1875. Two line Hartford barrel address with Maltese crosses, "22 CAL" on the left side of the frame, and matching numbers on the butt and barrel lug. It is fitted with smooth varnished bird's head grips, with matching numbers on the inside. BBL: 2 3/8 inch round Stock: Gauge: 22 RF Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 83123 Condition: Excellent, showing 98% original finish, with loss limited to some minor flaking, scratches and dings. Grips are also excellent with mild varnish loss concentrated on the right toe and light edge wear. Mechanically excellent.

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Amazing Condition Colt First Model .41 Derringer with British Proofs

Lot 1367: Amazing Condition Colt First Model .41 Derringer with British Proofs

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Description: Estimate: $2000 - 3000 Manufactured between 1870 and 1890 and having produced approximately 6,500, this was the first single shot pistol produced by Colt after they purchased the patent rights from National Arms Co. German silver half-moon front sight and hammer notch rear sight. The top of the barrel is marked "COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG. Co./HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." followed by " No1" flanked by Maltese crosses. The matching serial number is marked on the butt and on the bottom of the barrel. The bottom of the barrel is also marked with crown over "V" and "GP" proof marks. The frame has the standard light scroll engraving with the checkered side and rear panels in the grip area. BBL: 2 1/2 inch irregular Stock: Gauge: 41 RF Finish: blue/silver Grips: metal Serial Number: 639 Condition: Very fine. The barrel retains 75% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The frame retains 98% original silver finish with some high point wear. The silver has darkened with age. The barrel markings are clear. Mechanically excellent.

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Excellent Colt New Line 38 Caliber Etched Panel Revolver

Lot 1368: Excellent Colt New Line 38 Caliber Etched Panel Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $1500 - 2250 Manufactured in 1879. The top of the barrel has the two line Hartford address, left barrel side has "COLT NEW 38" in an acid etched panel and barrel underside has the patent date. Left side of frame is marked "38 CAL C". The barrel and grips are numbered to the gun with the assembly number "842" on the loading gate. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 CF Finish: nickel Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 9123 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 95% original nickel finish beginning to take on an attractive frosted aged patina. The etched panel is clear. The hammer and trigger retain 95% original niter blue finish and screw heads still exhibit vibrant flashes of their original niter blue. The grips are fine, thinning on the high edges and some very minor handling marks.

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Exceptional Colt New Line 30 Etched Panel Pocket Revolver

Lot 1369: Exceptional Colt New Line 30 Etched Panel Pocket Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $1500 - 2500 Manufactured in 1875. The barrel has the two line Hartford address on the top and "COLT NEW 30" etched in a panel on the left side. "30 CAL" is stamped behind the right recoil shield. Matching numbers on barrel, cylinder, frame and grips. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 30 RF Finish: nickel Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 4523 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% plus original nickel finish. The etched panel is clear. The hammer, cylinder pin and trigger retain most of the original niter blue finish. The grips are also excellent with a few minor handling marks and most of the varnish remaining. Mechanically excellent.

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Outstanding Colt New Line 32 Revolver with Pearl Grips

Lot 1370: Outstanding Colt New Line 32 Revolver with Pearl Grips

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Description: Estimate: $1500 - 2500 This revolver is a First Model, manufactured in 1874. Standard two line Hartford address flanked by Maltese crosses on top of the barrel, the serial number on the underside, and "32 CAL" on the left side of the frame. The matching serial number is marked on the left side of the frame under the grip and the bottom of the barrel. All nickel finish with niter blue trigger and hammer, with polished sides. Blade front and frame notch rear sights. Fitted with two-piece smooth pearl grips. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: nickel Grips: pearl Serial Number: 5338 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 99% original nickel finish with some very minor flaking on the left side of the top strap and a light drag line on the cylinder. Almost all of the bright original niter blue finish remains on the hammer. The right grip panel is period marked with a small "PC" at the time, otherwise the grips are excellent. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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Collector's Lot of Two Colt Revolvers

Lot 1371: Collector's Lot of Two Colt Revolvers

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Description: Estimate: $1800 - 2500 A) Blade front sight and hammer notch rear sight, with the barrel having the two line Hartford address on top (without Maltese crosses) and the left side of the frame stamped "22 CAL". The sides of the frame feature an extensive scroll and punch dot engraving with line and dot motif around the hammer and extending to the backstrap. The sides of the barrel have a dot and zigzag line motif with star bust patterns. The cylinder has a fancy triple line and dot pattern. Seven shot non-fluted cylinder, brass bird head frame, and fitted with smooth grips. Nickel finished with niter blue hammer, spur trigger and screws. Matching serial number on the barrel and butt. BBL: 2 3/8 inch round Stock: Gauge: 22 RF Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 106427 Condition: Very fine. The barrel retains approximately 40% original nickel finish and limited traces of nickel on the cylinder, with the overall balance a smooth gray patina. The frame retains approximately 90% original nickel finish with the exposed brass mostly in the engraving, along with some minor notches near the hammer and some light flaking. The screws, hammer and trigger have a smooth dark patina mixed with limited traces of niter blue finish. There is some minor pitting on the barrel and cylinder, with the barrel slightly loose. The grips also are very fine with some minor dings (mostly on the bottom of the right panel), with most of the varnish remaining. Action needs work as the cylinder does not rotate everytime. - B) Second Model, produced in 1875. Nickel finish with bird head grips. Standard two line Hartford barrel address, etched "COLT NEW 38" on the left barrel side, and "38 CAL C" on the left side of the frame. Matching numbers on barrel and frame, with the number "406" on rear cylinder face. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 CF Finish: nickel Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 3907 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 60% original nickel finish with the balance a smooth gray patina. The etched panel is weak, but legible. There is a crudely replaced hammer screw present on disc. The grips are fine with most of the varnish remaining, high edge wear, and some minor handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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British Proofed Colt First Model Derringer

Lot 1372: British Proofed Colt First Model Derringer

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Description: Estimate: $1900 - 2750 Manufactured from 1870 to 1890. Standard two line Hartford barrel address followed by "No. 1" and standard frame engraving with checkered panels featured on the grip area. The barrel is numbered to the gun and the underside of the barrel is stamped with two British proofs. The right side of the frame is stamped "41 CAL" under the barrel release. BBL: 2 1/2 inch irregular Stock: Gauge: 41 RF Finish: blue Grips: metal Serial Number: 4117 Condition: Very good as partially refinished (right side of barrel). The derringer has a smooth gray patina with the barrel retaining 40% blue finish. There is some scattered pin point pitting. The barrel release button is a crude replacement. Mechanically fine.

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Factory Engraved Colt New Line .22 Caliber Revolver with Ivory Grips

Lot 1373: Factory Engraved Colt New Line .22 Caliber Revolver with Ivory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $2500 - 3500 Manufactured in 1875 this First Model Colt New Line .22 caliber revolver features factory engraving and a seven-shot cylinder with short flutes and outside locking notches. The engraving is equal to what Colt later termed level "A" engraving with scrollwork on a punch dot background. "COLT NEW 22" is acid etched in a panel on the left side of the barrel and the top of the barrel is stamped "+ COLTS PT. F.A. MFG. Co./HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.+." The revolver is nickel plated with a casehardened hammer and trigger and fitted with two-piece ivory bird's head grips. The full serial number is stamped on the revolver butt with the partial serial number "087" stamped on the underside of the barrel. BBL: 2 1/4 inch flat side Stock: Gauge: 22 RF Finish: nickel Grips: ivory Serial Number: 9087 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 75% of the nickel plated finish. There is finish discoloration, flaking and pitting on the cylinder flutes and both ends of the cylinder. The under side of the barrel muzzle and the right side of the frame have some minor finish flaking. The markings are clear and the engraving is crisp. The ivory grips have yellowed from age and have several very minor stress cracks but remain in very fine overall condition. The cylinder does not turn when the hammer is cocked.

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Colt Number 1 Single Shot Derringer

Lot 1374: Colt Number 1 Single Shot Derringer

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Description: Estimate: $950 - 1400 Manufactured form 1870 to 1890. Standard two line Hartford barrel address flanked by Maltese crosses with "No. 1" at the breech. Matching numbers on barrel and frame. Frame has the standard light scroll engraving with the grip area having checkered panels. BBL: 2 1/2 inch irregular Stock: Gauge: 41 RF Finish: nickel Grips: metal Serial Number: 769 Condition: Very fine. The derringer retains 60% original nickel finish with the balance a smooth gray patina with some minor flaking. The markings and engraving are crisp and clear. Mechanically fine.

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Colt House Model Cloverleaf Revolver

Lot 1375: Colt House Model Cloverleaf Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $800 - 1200 Manufactured in 1871, the first year of production, and correctly fitted with the distinctive 4-round cylinder. Blade front sight integral with the barrel, which is marked "COLT'S HOUSE PISTOL/HARTFORD CT U.S.A." flanked by Maltese crosses and the matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the barrel and on the butt. The ejector rod is mounted in the cylinder pin and extends through a lug on the bottom of the barrel almost to the muzzle. Blue barrel and cylinder, silver plated brass frame, niter blue hammer and fitted with two piece varnished rosewood grips. BBL: 3 inch round Stock: Gauge: 41 RF Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 1862 Condition: Good as refinished. The revolver retains 25% blue finish mixed with a mottled dark gray patina. There is some minor pitting on the cylinder. The brass has an aged patina with traces of the original aged darkened silver in the sighting groove. Much of the bright original niter blue finish remains on the hammer. The grips are fair with a number of minor dents and dings. The barrel address is readable. The action is fine.

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Colt New Line 30 Caliber Revolver in Gold Finish with Pearl Grips

Lot 1376: Colt New Line 30 Caliber Revolver in Gold Finish with Pearl Grips

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Description: Estimate: $1500 - 2250 Manufactured in 1875. The barrel has the two line Hartford address on the top and faint a "COLT NEW 30" etched in a panel on the left side. The matching serial number is marked on the butt, barrel and cylinder. Blade front and frame notch rear sights, gold finish with niter blue hammer and fitted with smooth pearl grips. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 30 RF Finish: gold Grips: pearl Serial Number: 4201 Condition: Very fine as retailer plated with 90% gold finish remaining, showing some muzzle and high edge wear, and some speckled flaking. Much of the bright original niter blue finish remains on the hammer. The grips are excellent with a few light handling marks. The etched panel has been finished over and the remaining markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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Collector's Lot of Two Colt New Line Revolvers

Lot 1377: Collector's Lot of Two Colt New Line Revolvers

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Description: Estimate: $1000 - 1600 A) Manufactured in 1880, the last year of production. Fixed blade front sight and groove rear sight. Marked with the two line Colt Hartford address on top of the barrel, an etched panel reading "COLT NEW 38" on the left side, and "PAT. SEPT. 15. 1874/11010" on the underside. 5-round cylinder with long cylinder flutes and manufactured without a loading gate. Nickel finish with blue cylinder pin, checkered hammer and spur trigger. Frame is stamped "38 CAL C". The grips are smooth birds head ivory. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 CF Finish: nickel Grips: ivory Serial Number: 11010 Condition: Fine, with 65% of the original nickel finish remaining with flaking on the cylinder and along exposed edges and some overall handling marks. The grips are fine showing a chip on the left grip, otherwise with a few scratches and a pleasant mellow aged patina. The markings are clear and crisp. The faint etched panel is still visible. The action is fine. - B) Manufactured in 1876 without a loading gate. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line Colt Hartford address, "COLT NEW 41" in an etched panel on the left side of the barrel and "41 CAL" marked on the left side of the frame. Blue barrel, cylinder and cylinder pin with a nickel finished frame. The barrel is marked with two Birmingham proofs that also alternate in the cylinder flutes and a single Birmingham proof marked on the right side of the frame. Matching serial numbers. BBL: 2 1/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 41 RF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 3744 Condition: Fine. 50% thinning original blue finish remains on the barrel for balance is an even brown patina showing pitting at the muzzle. The frame is now a dark mottled silver/gray patina. The grips are fine with some deep scratches. Acid etched panel is faint, otherwise the markings are clear.

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Desirable Smith & Wesson Lever Action, Large Frame, Type I, Repeating Pistol with Factory Letter

Lot 1378: Desirable Smith & Wesson Lever Action, Large Frame, Type I, Repeating Pistol with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $18000 - 27500 Smith & Wesson Large Frame, Type I, Repeating Pistol with Smith & Wesson factory letter. The letter states that this pistol, serial number "147" was manufactured in 1854 and was sold through the S&W agent J. Dixon Company of New York. The pistol has a half-round/half-octagon barrel with integral ten-shot magazine. The pistol has the distinctive "Type I" frame with hump behind the hammer, single spring screw on the bottom of the frame and flat uncrowned muzzle. The finger lever has a spur at the bottom. The pistol has a screw-fastened L-shaped fixed rear sight on the frame and a flattened cone front sight. The hammer has a knurled spur. The pistol has two-piece rosewood grips with a varnish finish. The top and sides of the frame and back of the hammer are decorated with open scroll and leaf engraving. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the legend "SMITH & WESSON/NORWICH CT./CAST-STEEL" in three lines followed by "PATENT". The serial number "147" is stamped on the back face of the rear sight and on the left side of the butt underneath the grip. "147" is written in pencil on the inside of both grips. All of the visible serial numbers match. Designed in 1852, the Smith & Wesson Repeating pistol was the first successful American-made handgun capable of firing a self-contained cartridge. Smith & Wesson produced fewer than 500 large frame .41 caliber repeating pistols. Surviving examples are extremely rare. BBL: 8 inch Stock: Gauge: 41 Volcanic Finish: brown Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 147 Condition: Very good. The pistol has an even silver-gray patina with scattered traces of age discoloration. There are some small spots of light pitting on the left side of the barrel and the frame. None of the original brown finish is present of the barrel, frame or lever. The well executed engraving on the frame and hammer is crisp. The barrel markings and serial numbers are sharp. The period revarnished, slightly undersize, grips are good with light handling marks; there is an old chip in the heel of the left grip. This is a solid representative example of a scarce Smith & Wesson Large Frame Type I Repeating Pistol.

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Superb Smith & Wesson Third Model Number Three Russian Revolver with

Lot 1379: Superb Smith & Wesson Third Model Number Three Russian Revolver with "REISSUE" Markings

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Description: Estimate: $9000 - 12000 Manufactured circa 1874-1878, as one of the 9,000 Russians (both Second and Third models) produced with the "REISSUE JULY 25.1871" patent date on the rib. The majority of the "Reissue" Russian production was consumed by foreign martial contracts, particularly to Imperial Japan and Turkey, with a much smaller number entering the commercial market. Integral forged blade front sight and latch notch rear, with the large knurled takedown screw ahead of the latch and matching full serial numbers on the latch, barrel, cylinder and butt, the latter next to a boxed "1874" stamp and a small "P" inspector proof. Fitted with the distinctive spur triggerguard and a set of smooth 2-piece grips. With a black leatherette covered hardwood case, outfitted with brass furniture, a blue felt lined French-cut interior, and a 56-round cartridge block. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 2160 Condition: Excellent plus, with 95% of the original nickel finish, showing a few patches of flaking and scattered scratches. The case colors have faded slightly, but still exhibit vibrant flashes. The face of the recoil shield still exhibits all of its original factory polish marks. The grips are excellent, with a few mild dents. The case is very good, with mild external wear and light rubbing of the felt. Mechanically excellent Rare in any condition this is a magnificent example that would prove incredibly challenging to improve upon.

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Very Fine Attractive Smith & Wesson Model 3 Second Model Russian Single Action Revolver with Ivory Grips

Lot 1380: Very Fine Attractive Smith & Wesson Model 3 Second Model Russian Single Action Revolver with Ivory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $12000 - 18000 Manufactured circa 1873 to 1878 this model is commonly known as the Old Model Russian and is easily recognizable by the spurred trigger guard. The Second Model Russian was also manufactured with a 7 inch solid rib barrel and features a pinned blade front sight and notch rear sight on the barrel latch. The serial number is stamped on the butt along with "SH" inside a diamond. The "SH" inside the diamond indicates this is a fairly scarce variation of the Second Model Russian which would have been purchased and subsequently marked by Schuyler Hartley & Graham. The matching assembly number "00" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder, barrel, barrel latch and on the left side of the grip frame. The top of the barrel rib is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD. MASS. U.S.A. PAT. JULY 10.60. JAN. 17. FEB. 17. JULY. 11 65 & AUG. 24. 69." flanked by Maltese crosses. All blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard. The revolver is fitted with smooth ivory grips. BBL: 7 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 American Finish: blue Grips: ivory Serial Number: 33694 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The barrel shows two patches of dark spotting which were cleaned; one just behind the rear sight and the other on underside of muzzle. All markings remain clear. The hammer and trigger guard retain vivid original case colors. The screw head still exhibit brillant flashes of their original niter blue finish. The grips are very fine with some chipping. The ivory has a very attractive aged grain pattern and color. Mechanically excellent.

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Attractive New York Engraved Pair of Cased Smith & Wesson 2nd Model .38 Single Action Revolvers with Factory Letter

Lot 1381: Attractive New York Engraved Pair of Cased Smith & Wesson 2nd Model .38 Single Action Revolvers with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $10000 - 18000 A) Manufactured circa 1876 to 1877. These revolvers are only 70 numbers apart and were paired and embellished upon their delivery as they were both shipped together June 8, 1878 to R.W. Robinson of New York. They feature gold and nickel finish with typical New York broad leaf scroll engraving on the sides of the barrel with a zigzag line running through the middle, a broad scroll and punch dot design on the sides of the top strap and floral scroll and punch dot on the rear sides of the frame. There is a zigzag line and dot design on the sides of the barrel lug and on the back strap. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the two line address/patent dates, and the matching serial number is marked on the butt, rear cylinder face, barrel latch and barrel. The cylinder, hammer, barrel latch and trigger are gold plated and the remainder of the revolver is nickel. Fitted with smooth pearl grips. The pair come in a period retailer case with inset brass shield on the lid and rust colored velvet lining, fitted for the two revolvers and two cartridge boxes. In the case are two sealed empty 50 count boxes U.S. Cartridge Company for .38 caliber Central Fire cartridges. BBL: 4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 CF Finish: nickel/gold Grips: pearl Serial Number: 29904 Condition: Very fine as retailed embellished. The hammer, trigger, cylinder and barrel latch retain 95% of the gold plating showing isolated pitting on the cylinder. The barrel and frame retain 95% nickel finish. The grips are very fine with a hole drilled into the top of the left panel and a small chip on the left heel. The engraving and markings are crisp. The action is fine. The case is very good with a few minor dings and scratches on the exterior and some minor contact wear on the lining. Both cartridge boxes are very good. - B) As "A". BBL: 4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 CF Finish: nickel/gold Grips: pearl Serial Number: 29975 Condition: Very fine as retailer embellished. The hammer, trigger, cylinder and barrel latch retain 95% of the gold plating. The barrel and frame retain a strong 95% nickel finish slightly frosting. The grips are fine with a moderate chip on the right heel. The engraving and markings are crisp. The action is fine. No doubt a beautiful pair of revolvers embellished at the retailer which probably proudly sat in the front of the store serving as an impressive and showy display set!

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Excellent and Interesting Smith & Wesson Number Three New Model Russian Single Action Target Revolver

Lot 1382: Excellent and Interesting Smith & Wesson Number Three New Model Russian Single Action Target Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $9500 - 13000 Manufactured from 1874 to 1878, this model is also known as the 3rd Model Russian. The most notable differences in appearance from the 2nd Model are the large knurled cylinder retainer screw on the top strap, shorter ejector rod housing under the barrel and the 6 1/2 inch barrel vs. the 7 inch of earlier Russian Models. This revolver has a few differences then a standard New Model Russian, which are explained in a correspondence from author and Smith & Wesson expert David R. Chicoine, who examined the revolver, to well known Smith & Wesson expert, dealer and collector David Carroll. The first is the barrel address is with the re-issue date and not "RUSSIAN MODEL", which might mean the revolver was originally intended for military use other than for sale to Russia, possibly Japan. This fact being backed up by the fact there is a small "P" on the butt and in between the barrel catch posts on the frame. The target barrel catch is a professionally altered New Model 3 catch, the elevation screw is ahead instead of behind the raised portion where the cylinder catch would be if the part were a regular target New Model 3 catch and the front sight is a pinned blade from a Wesson Favorite, and as the rear sight, Chicione believes both to be professional and has no doubt that it is factory work. He also believes it was manufactured in 1874, (date stamped on the butt), and was intended for some non-Russian military contract which never took place or the revolver was rejected before the rest of the inspectors marks were put on. The letter ends by saying "In any event, this is a very cool New Model Russian and in gorgeous condition!" One line address and patent dates on the top of the barrel rib, "1874/4577" on the butt behind the lanyard ring and "P" ahead of it. The matching serial number is also marked on the rear cylinder face, barrel latch and barrel, as well as stamped on the inside of the left grip panel. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard, and fitted with smooth walnut grips. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 4577 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 90% plus original bright blue finish with loss due to flaking on the barrel and cylinder, and some mild thinning on the back strap. Almost all of the original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The screw heads exhibit nearly all of their original niter blue finish. The grips are excellent with a few light handling marks. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent. A wonderful, rare and interesting Russian.

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Stunning Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Target Revolver with Checkered Trigger

Lot 1383: Stunning Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Target Revolver with Checkered Trigger

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Description: Estimate: $7000 - 10000 Manufactured from 1878 to 1912, this is the improved design of the original Model 3, Smith & Wesson's first top break automatic ejection revolver. Ivory bead accented Lyman blade front sight and an adjustable "U" notch target rear sight, with the one line Maltese cross flanked address on the rib, "44 S.&W.CTG" on the left side and matching numbers on the latch, barrel, cylinder and butt. Fitted with a casehardened hammer and trigger guard, a sharply checkered trigger, and checkered walnut grips. The factory was known to checker triggers. A few other revolvers in this serial range were factory checkered and shipped on special order to famed target shooters of the day. Reference serial number 33232, shipped to Gold Medal target shooter D.H. Sayres. BBL: 6 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44 S&W Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 35557 Condition: Excellent, with 95% plus original blue finish, with a thinning brown patina isolated on the back strap. 70% strong case colors are present on the hammer and trigger guard. Grips are excellent. Mechanically excellent.

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Scarce Smith & Wesson 38 Single Action 3rd Model Mexican Model of 1891 Revolver with Ivory Grips

Lot 1384: Scarce Smith & Wesson 38 Single Action 3rd Model Mexican Model of 1891 Revolver with Ivory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $6000 - 9500 Manufactured from 1891 to 1911, this revolver is in the scarce Mexican Model configuration, one of the only 2,000 produced identified by the spur trigger, lack of the integral frame extensions protecting the trigger, that is found on all other S&W spur trigger models and no half cock hammer position. Many of these revolvers were shipped to Mexico, Russia and South America. The top of the barrel rib is marked two line, two block address and patent dates flanking "MODEL OF 91". The matching serial number is marked on the butt, rear cylinder face, barrel latch and barrel. Pinned blade front and notch rear sights, nickel finish with casehardened hammer and fitted with smooth ivory grips. BBL: 4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 CF Finish: nickel Grips: ivory Serial Number: 8341 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 95% original nickel finish with scattered minor blistering and flaking. The hammer retains most of the original case colors showing some minor spotting. The action needs work, the cylinder does not lock. The grips are excellent. The markings are clear. Considering that the majority of Mexican Models were shipped abroad, this model is often missing in even the most advanced Smith & Wesson collection.

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Attractive Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 32 Centerfire Single Action Revolver with Rare Red Mottled Grips and Factory Box

Lot 1385: Attractive Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 32 Centerfire Single Action Revolver with Rare Red Mottled Grips and Factory Box

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Description: Estimate: $2000 - 3000 Manufactured from 1878 to 1892. The revolver has the standard two line address/patent dates marking on the barrel rib with the V-shaped patent markings on the top strap. Matching serial number on the butt, cylinder, barrel and latch. Blue finish with casehardened hammer. Fitted with rare red mottled grips with the right panel numbered to the gun. Included with the revolver is the paper hinge factory box with the directions label on the inside of the lid and a bore brush. BBL: 3 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 S&W Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 50035 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 90% original bright blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The underside of the frame has an old collector's number: "KM533". The hammer retains much of the original case colors. The screw heads still show vibrant original niter blue finish. The grips are excellent with a couple minor handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The box is fine with some minor wear.

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Excellent Smith & Wesson 38 Double Action 3rd Model Revolver with Original Factory Box

Lot 1386: Excellent Smith & Wesson 38 Double Action 3rd Model Revolver with Original Factory Box

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Description: Estimate: $2000 - 3000 Manufactured circa 1884 to 1895 . The top of the barrel rib has the two line address/patent dates marking. Matching serial number appears on the butt, cylinder, barrel and latch. Nickel plated pinned blade front sight with notch rear sight on the barrel latch. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger. Fitted with checkered S&W monogram grips with the right panel numbered to the gun. The included factory box is numbered to the gun with correct green end label. BBL: 6 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 305075 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 97% original bright blue finish showing some very scattered flaking which has turned to a brown patina. The hammer and trigger retain vivid and bright case colors. The grips are excellent with crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Box is very good with repairs at the corners.

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Magnificent Exhibition Quality Factory Engraved Nickel and Gold Plated Smith & Wesson New Model .44 Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips and Inscription

Lot 1387: Magnificent Exhibition Quality Factory Engraved Nickel and Gold Plated Smith & Wesson New Model .44 Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips and Inscription

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Description: Estimate: $14000 - 25000 Manufactured circa 1881-1913, this earlier production revolver features floral scroll and punch dot engraving on the rear sides of the barrel and a zigzag line and dot design on the sides of the muzzle end. The top strap has a zigzag line and dot design on the top and scroll on the sides. The sides of the barrel lug have a zig zag, dot and diamond design and there is a floral style design around the barrel hinge screw. The sides of the frame are decorated with floral scroll and punch dot engraving. The back strap has a zigzag line and dot design at the top and on the heel with the Inscription "JIP" in the center. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the line address/patent dates, and the matching serial number is marked on the butt, rear cylinder face, barrel latch and barrel. The revolver is nickel plated with gold hammer and cylinder, blue barrel latch and casehardened trigger. Fitted with smooth pearl grips. BBL: 6 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: nickel/gold Grips: pearl Serial Number: 7071 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 95% plus original nickel finish with some minor flaking on the frame, otherwise finish loss is isolated on the grip straps and trigger guard. The trigger retains most of the bright original case colors. The hammer and cylinder retain 95% original gold finish with edge wear and a drag line on the cylinder, and some minor flaking on the hammer. The grips are excellent with an attractive aged hairline crack at the screw escutcheon. The markings and engraving remain crisp. The action is excellent. A beautiful exhibition quality engraved Smith & Wesson. It is not often large frame Smith & Wesson revolvers are encountered in this condition.

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Impressive and Attractive Period Cased Set of Smith & Wesson Revolvers

Lot 1388: Impressive and Attractive Period Cased Set of Smith & Wesson Revolvers

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Description: Estimate: $9000 - 14000 A) Manufactured circa 1878 to 1912. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line address and the matching serial number is marked on the butt. Rear cylinder face, barrel latch and barrel. The rear cylinder face is marked with a "star/F" and crown over an oval "E/LG/star" proofmarks. The bottom of the barrel lug is marked with a "star/F", "C" in an oval and "crown/R". Pinned blade front and adjustable rear target sights, blue finish with casehardened hammer and finger spur trigger guard, niter blue trigger and fitted with smooth pearl grips with S&W medallions. Commonly observed on Russian Models this revolver features a special oder finger spur. The revolver is complete in a leather wrapped hard case with fitted green felt lining which contains both revolvers. There are holes for 12 cartridges in the upper right hand corner and 6 in the lower left corner. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32-44 Finish: blue Grips: pearl Serial Number: 3143 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 90% plus original high polish blue finish with some minor muzzle and edge wear. The hammer retains 98% original bright case colors and the trigger guard retains 60% original case colors, with a smooth gray patina on the balance. Most of the original bright niter blue finish remains on the trigger. The grips are excellent. The case is very good plus. - B) Manufactured from 1896 to 1903, this was Smith & Wessons first swing-out cylinder revolver. The cylinder is marked with the patent information on each flat, the large S&W logo is on the right side of the frame and the serial number is marked on the butt. Pinned half moon front, fixed notch rear sights, blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger, and fitted with smooth pearl grips with S&W medallions. In case with "A" BBL: 4 1/4 inch round solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 S&W Long Finish: blue Grips: pearl Serial Number: 7809 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% original blue finish with some minor muzzle and edge wear, a drag line on the cylinder and some thinning on the back strap. 98% original bright case colors remain on the hammer and the trigger shows half of the original case colors. The grips are excellent. The markings are clear. The action is excellent. An excellent and attractive rarely observed set of high condition S&W revolvers.

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Spectacular Smith & Wesson 38 Single Action Target Revolver with Rare 6 Inch Barrel and Ivory Grips

Lot 1389: Spectacular Smith & Wesson 38 Single Action Target Revolver with Rare 6 Inch Barrel and Ivory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $2250 - 3500 The revolver has the rare 6 inch barrel which has the two line address/patent marking on the rib. Pinned blade front sight and target rear sight on the barrel latch. Matching numbers on frame, cylinder, barrel latch and barrel Fitted with smooth ivory grips. BBL: 6 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: nickel Grips: ivory Serial Number: 30111 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% polished original nickel finish showing some minor flaking. Vibrant flashes of original case colors remain on the hammer. The rear target sight was period installed. The slightly undersized grips are excellent showing some minor handling marks and tiny hairline stress cracks at the screw. The ivory has an attractive color and grain pattern. Mechanically excellent.

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Magnificent Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Single Action Revolver with Shoulder Stock

Lot 1390: Magnificent Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Single Action Revolver with Shoulder Stock

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Description: Estimate: $6000 - 9500 This New Model 3 revolver falls into the late 23,000 Australian serial number range, however consignor notes state it is a Japanese contract revolver. Interesting features include the 6 1/2 inch barrel, the serial number range, combined with what appears to be a factory installed lanyard swivel. The serial number is stamped on horizontally rather that vertically, which further reinforces the idea of a factory installed swivel. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the two line address/patent dates and the matching serial number is marked on the butt, rear face of the cylinder, barrel latch and barrel. Pinned blade front and notch rear sights, nickel finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard, and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with "S&W" logo at the top and patent date on the lower left side, and a lanyard ring on the butt. Complete with an un-numbered walnut shoulder stock with nickel hardware and checkered hard rubber buttplate. One should not rule out the possibility that this is an Australian as guns and stocks used in Western Australia often lack the broad arrow proofs. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 23261 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 98% original polished nickel finish with some muzzle wear and a number of pressure marks and scratches. The hammer retains 98% original bright case colors and the trigger guard has a smooth gray patina with traces of faded original case colors in the protected areas. The grips are excellent with a few minor dings and nicks, and crisp overall checkering. The markings are clear. The action is fine. The shoulder stock is excellent with 99% original nickel on the attaching iron showing some minor blistering. The wood shows a few minor dents and handling marks. The buttplate is excellent with crisp checkering.

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Scarce High Condition Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Japanese Contract Revolver, with Factory Documented Takata & Company Shipped

Lot 1391: Scarce High Condition Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Japanese Contract Revolver, with Factory Documented Takata & Company Shipped

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Description: Estimate: $2500 - 3500 According to the included factory letter, this revolver was shipped on 28 October 1896 to Takata & Company of Yokohama, Japan. Takata & Company served as agents of the Japanese Government for Smith & Wesson orders, with most acquisitions going to the Imperial Navy. Half moon front sight and notch rear sight on latch, with the one line "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A." address on top of the rib flanked by Maltese crosses. Matching numbers on the barrel, latch, cylinder and butt, casehardened hammer and trigger guard, and checkered hard rubber grips with Smith & Wesson imprints and a lanyard ring on the butt. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 31432 Condition: Very good, with 80% of the original blue finish, showing a gray patina along the edges and gripstraps, and areas of brown patina on the barrel and cylinder. Strong original case colors are present on the hammer and triggerguard. Grips are very good with mild dents and chips. Mechanically excellent. One of the highest condition Japanese contracts this writer can recall.

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Scarce and Attractive Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Shoulder Stock with Factory Box

Lot 1392: Scarce and Attractive Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Shoulder Stock with Factory Box

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Description: Estimate: $1200 - 2000 Measuring 13 inches from the buttplate toe to the end of the mounting hardware, this stock features a deep, high polish blue finish on the mounting hardware, unnumbered, with thumbscrew mounting and a pair of reinforcement screws through the wrist. Smooth walnut stock, with a checkered hard rubber S&W monogrammed buttplate. With a green hinged lid box, with an orange label on the end reading "SMITH & WESSON/EXTENSION 44 STOCK./SINGLE ACTION. NICKEL.". BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: Excellent, with 95% of the original blue finish, showing areas of brown patina on the steel, a few cuts and a thin crack on the underside of the wood, and mild handling marks overall. The box is very good, with light edge wear.

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Rare Highly Desirable and Documented U.S. Smith & Wesson Model 3 American 1st Model Single Action Revolver

Lot 1393: Rare Highly Desirable and Documented U.S. Smith & Wesson Model 3 American 1st Model Single Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $15000 - 25000 Manufactured from 1870 to 1872, the First Model American was the first top break, automatic ejecting revolver. This revolver also has the distinguish of being one of the 1,000 manufactured for the U.S. Government, with blue finish. Interesting enough, this model was introduced 3 years before the Colt Single Action Army revolver and is probably, more than any other model, associated with the historic American West. The American Revolver was the first cartridge revolver adopted by the U.S. military and saw usage throughout the Indian Wars as it was reported to have been issued to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Cavalry. This rare and desirable U.S. martial revolver is listed by its serial number "1523" in the STANDARD CATALOG OF SMITH & WESSON by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas as a Model 3 that was purchased by the U.S. government. Like all government contract firearms these were subject to military aceptance inspection which was a task assigned to Orville W. Answorth, one of the rarest and most collected inspectors of Colt Model 1873 Single Action Cavalry Revolvers and bare his distinctive "A" acceptance proof. The top of the barrel rib has the one line address and patent dates marking followed by "US" at the breech. The cylinder has a small letter "P" and small letter "A" on two flutes with the letter "A" repeated on the left side of the top strap and left side of the frame ahead of the trigger guard and the letter "P" repeated on the right side of the barrel forward of the hinge. The serial number is stamped on the butt with matching assembly number "S2" on grip strap under the grip, the rear of the cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard and fitted with smooth walnut grips. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. BBL: 8 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 American Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 1523 Condition: Very good. The revolver retains 20% original blue finish mostly in the protected areas with the balance a smooth brown patina. The hammer and trigger guard retain flashes of original case colors. The grips are fine with a couple minor putty filled repairs near the bottom, high edge wear and some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The "U.S." Americans transcend the "normal" collecting genres and draw interest from U.S. military collectors, Indian War collectors as well as Smith & Wesson collectors. Given that these revolvers were issued two years prior to the Colt 1873 Single Action these pistols saw service all the way through the Indian Wars including the Battle of Little Bighorn. Considering the time period, the frequent use and extremely harsh conditions this is an excellent and original example worthy of the most advanced collection.

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Excellent Rare Early Three Digit Serial Number Smith & Wesson Model 3 American 1st Model

Lot 1394: Excellent Rare Early Three Digit Serial Number Smith & Wesson Model 3 American 1st Model "Oil Hole" Single Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $15000 - 25000 Manufactured from 1870 to 1872, the Smith & Wesson Model 3 American 1st Model represented a number of firsts for Smith & Wesson. It was the first top break auto ejector and the first in a large caliber (.44 S&W Amer. and .44 Henry Rimfire). There is an "oil hole", as found on the first 1,500 or so of this model, located on the rear of the extractor housing on the bottom of the barrel lug. The one line address and patent dates appear on top of the barrel rib flanked by Maltese crosses. The serial number appears on the butt with the matching assembly number "A4" on the right rear heal of frame (under grip), rear cylinder face, barrel and barrel latch. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard, pinned blade front and notch rear sights and fitted with smooth walnut grips. Under contract to the U.S. Government Smith & Wesson produced 1,000 of this model for the cavalry soldiers of the U.S. Army and the remainder for civilian sales. This particular revolver is a Civilian Model. Difficult to obtain in any condition, an American Model revolver is indeed a rare and desirable firearm. BBL: 8 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 American Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 874 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% original blue finish with areas of smooth brown patina on the barrel and cylinder, and some thinning on the front strap. The hammer retains nearly all of the original beautiful case colors and the trigger guard shows a mix of muted original case colors and smooth gray patina. The grips are very fine with some lower edge wear and a few minor dents and dings. The markings are clear. The action is excellent. The combination of the early oil hole and the overall condition of this revolver make it extremely difficult to improve upon.

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Very Fine Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver with Rare 5 Inch Barrel

Lot 1395: Very Fine Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver with Rare 5 Inch Barrel

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 8500 This example of a New Model No. 3 single action revolver has a rare 5 inch barrel which is numbered to the gun. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the two line address/reissue July 25, 1871 patent dates marking. Pinned blade front sight and notch rear sight on the barrel latch. The matching serial number is stamped on the butt, barrel, latch and cylinder. Fitted with checkered grips featuring the S&W monogram embossed at the top. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. BBL: 5 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 17705 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 95% plus original nickel finish which is taking on an aged frost appearance. The hammer and trigger guard retain 60% plus vivid original case colors. The grips are excellent with a few minor handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A rare short barrel variation of the No. 3 that would be hard to improve upon.

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Rare Transitional Smith & Wesson Third Model American Single Action Revolver with Ivory Grips

Lot 1396: Rare Transitional Smith & Wesson Third Model American Single Action Revolver with Ivory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $5000 - 10000 Transitional models are found in two different serial number ranges 3200-3700 and 6800-8000, with this revolver falling into the latter. The Transitional Models are identified by a combination of a 2nd Model American interlocking hammer and latch with a 1st Model American flat bottom frame. The top of the barrel rib is marked "+SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A PAT. JULY10. 60. JAN 17. JULY 11. 65 & AUG. 24. 69+". The serial number is marked on the butt and the matching assembly number "J4" is marked on the rear cylinder face, barrel latch and barrel. Slightly altered front blade front and notch rear sights, all nickel finish and fitted with smooth ivory grips. The accompanying factory letter verifies the Model 3 American Transition configuration, 8 inch barrel and smooth walnut grips at the time of shipment to M.W. Robinson, New York, N.Y. on January 15, 1872. The shipment was for 60 units which were a mix of blue and nickel finished. The letter also states that the ivory grips were probably added by Mr. Robinson to fill a special order. BBL: 8 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 S&W Amer Finish: nickel Grips: ivory Serial Number: 6888 Condition: Fine as period retailer refinished The revolver retains 90% of the nickel finish with some flaking and a mix of thin nickel finish and smooth gray patina on the trigger guard. There is some scattered frosting. The grips are excellent with an attractive patina and grain and a loose fit. The action functions, but the cylinder turns freely in both directions at the decock position. The markings are clear.

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Smith & Wesson Model 3 Second Model American Single Action .44 Henry Rimfire Caliber Revolver with Pearl Grips and Factory Letter

Lot 1397: Smith & Wesson Model 3 Second Model American Single Action .44 Henry Rimfire Caliber Revolver with Pearl Grips and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $6500 - 9500 Manufactered from 1872 to 1874. Approximately 3,014 of these revolvers were chambered for .44 Henry caliber. The included factory letter confirms the caliber, barrel length and finish with walnut grips at time of shipment. The revolver was shipped on October 30, 1873 to Wexel & DeGress. Although the address was not given, Wexel & DeGress had offices in New York City and Mexico City and many of these rimfires were shipped to Mexico and South America. The revolver has the one line address and patent dates marking on top of the barrel rib. Pinned blade front sight and notch rear sight on the barrel latch. The serial number is stamped on the butt with the assembly number "V475" stamped on the barrel latch, barrel and rear face of the cylinder. The revolver is fitted with two piece pearl grips. Provenace: Gary Garbrecht Collection. BBL: 8 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Henry RF Finish: nickel Grips: pearl Serial Number: 25863 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% original nickel finish with the balance a smooth-even gray patina showing some mild pitting (mostly on the cylinder). The lanyard swivel on the butt has been removed with a screw filling the hole. The hammer shows faint but distinct case color pattern with the balance now a mottled dark patina. The checkering on the ejector house assembly appears to be done by hand. The grips are good with a few missing minor chips and some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A rare variation of the Second Model American often missing in even the most advanced S&W collections beacause so many were shipped abroad. The lieklyhood of them coming back is slim and because of the hard use they were exposed to collectors will find this example hard to improve upon.

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Rare Excellent Smith & Wesson Factory Experimental No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Revolver with Detachable Stock

Lot 1398: Rare Excellent Smith & Wesson Factory Experimental No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Revolver with Detachable Stock

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Description: Estimate: $22500 - 32500 This un-serialized 3rd Model Russian features a factory experimental globe front sight and is cut for a shoulder stock. The top of the barrel rib is stamped with the one line address and patent dates marking which ends in the "reissue" date. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard and fitted with smooth walnut grips. The letter "S" is stamped on the grip strap under the left grip panel, rear of the cylinder under the extractor, barrel and barrel latch with a small letter "D" stamped on the rear of the left frame. The back strap is also stamped with the number "1" and the letter "L" under the grip panel. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard and fitted with smooth walnut grips. The back of the right grip panel has the serial number "3577". Smith & Wesson historian Roy Jinks has concluded that this revolver is a factory experimental and the numbered grip would not be uncommon on a factory experimental revolver. As stated the revolver is cut for a shoulder stock and included with the revolver is a detachable shoulder stock. The yoke and buttplate are blue with the wood having a nicely figured grain pattern. The stock has the correct "Russian" steel buttplate. Provenance: The Gary Garbrecht Collection. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: NSN Condition: Excellent plus. The revolver retains 95% strong original bright blue finish showing brown patina on the high edges. The hammer and trigger guard retain nearly all of the bright and vivid original case colors. The screws retain most of the original niter blue finish. The grips are excellent with a few very minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The stock is excellent retaining 70% original blue finish thinning to brown with some minor handling marks on the wood. A fine example of an experimental 3rd Model Russian with a detachable stock.

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Scarce Serial Number 50 Smith & Wesson Model 320 Single Action Revolving Rifle with 16 Inch Barrel and Shoulder Stock

Lot 1399: Scarce Serial Number 50 Smith & Wesson Model 320 Single Action Revolving Rifle with 16 Inch Barrel and Shoulder Stock

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Description: Estimate: $12000 - 20000 Manufactured 1879 to 1887 with a total production of only 977, this is one of the rarest Smith & Wesson firearms produced. Of the 977 manufactured, 840 remained in the U.S., 137 were exported and only 239 were made with the 16 inch barrel. Serial numbered from 1 to 977, the serial number on this rifle, "50", would indicate very early production. This scarce and unusual revolving rifle was sometimes referred to as the Smith & Wesson "Buntline Special" in the combination of a long barreled revolver with attaching shoulder stock. This Model 320 was manufactured using the frame, cylinder and basic action of the New Model No. 3 revolver with some minor differences in the hammer and trigger, with the barrel made of two pieces. A slot is cut into the butt and a hole drilled in the backstrap to accommodate the shoulder stock. The rifle features an 16 inch barrel with a interchangeable front blade sight and two leaf folding rear sight. The rifle is chambered for the 320 Smith & Wesson cartridge. The top of the rib is marked with the two line address/patent, reissue dates. The serial number "50" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. The toe of the front strap is marked with the five pointed factory rework star. The frame under the left grip is stamped "356" indicating this gun was returned to the factory for refinishing in March, 1956. The barrel is fitted with a checkered hard rubber forearm with a "wood grain" pattern and the S&W monogram. The grips are matching with S&W monograms in a circle at the top. The stock is smooth walnut with nickel finished attaching iron and a black checkered hard rubber buttplate with S&W monogram. BBL: 16 inch solid rib Stock: walnut Gauge: 320 Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 50 Condition: Very fine as factory refinished.The rifle retains 98% nickel finish with some minor muzzle wear and overall scattered minor dings and scratches. The hammer and trigger guard have a smooth dark patina. The trigger retention has been reduced to the very slightest pull. The forearm and grips are also excellent showing only light handling marks and crisp checkering. The rare and highly attractive forearm and grip on this Model 320 exhibit the most exceptional grain appearance this writer can recall. The stock has been refinished and remains very good with a few minor dings. The hardware retains 99% original nickel with a small area beginning to frost and some pock marks (poor factory casting) under the finish.

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