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Auction Description for Rock Island: Day 2 - Premiere Collector's Firearms Auction

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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Interesting One-of-a-Kind Smith & Wesson Number Three Second Model Schofield Single Action Revolver with Factory Checkered Grips, Detailed Correspondence and Factory Letter

Lot 1400: Interesting One-of-a-Kind Smith & Wesson Number Three Second Model Schofield Single Action Revolver with Factory Checkered Grips, Detailed Correspondence and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 8500 Manufactured circa 1876-1877, this revolver comes with a series of letters from the Smith & Wesson factory regarding it's history. The first is a Roy Jinks letter, detailing the shipment of the revolver to Springfield Armory on 12 October 1876, in blue finish, 7 inch barrel and smooth grips. The remainder is a correspondence series between the S&W factory and the owner of the revolver, circa 1942-1943. In these letters, the owner expressed his appreciation for the revolver, whose smooth contours made it comfortable to shoot even with an advanced case of arthritis, and requesting a quote on having the grips checkered and the barrel shortened to 5 inches. In the end, the total bill was $4, which included factory hand checkering of the grips and preserving the martial stamps (according to the letters, S&W's checkering machines were all tied up in war production). The left grip frame is stamped "10-43", indicating the factory work had been done in October of 1943, the same time the original owner and Smith & Wesson were corresponding back and forth. Blade front and latch notch rear sights, with the two line Maltese cross flanked address and patent dates on the left side of the barrel lug, Schofield's patent on the reverse and the "US" and 5-pointed star markings on the butt. Sharply checkered grips, with "CW" on the right side and "JRJr/1876" on the left. BBL: 5 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 45 Schofield Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 5834 Condition: Excellent as factory upgraded, with 95% of the high polish blue finish, with a slight thinning patina down the length of the barrel. The hammer and trigger exhibit bright case colors. Grips are excellent, with a few minor handling marks and deep, sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent. An interesting example of a Second Model Schofield with a history of its own after its service to the Cavalry.

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U.S. Smith & Wesson First Model Schofield Single Action Revolver Serial Number 59 with Factory Letter

Lot 1401: U.S. Smith & Wesson First Model Schofield Single Action Revolver Serial Number 59 with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $8000 - 12000 This is an example of an extremely early production, U.S. Army S&W Schofield Revolver. The First Model was manufactured in 1875 with a total production of 3,035. The revolver has a high polish blue finish, casehardened hammer and trigger guard, and oil-finished walnut grips. The matching serial number is located on the bottom of the grip strap and the rear of the cylinder face. The left side of the ejector housing is marked with the two line address/early 1865-1871 patent dates and the right side is marked "+SCHOFIELD'S PAT. APR. 22D 1873+". "U.S." is marked on the toe of the butt. Ordnance sub-inspector "L" and "P" markings are stamped on the flat below the ejector housing and rear face of the cylinder. Pinned blade front sight and notch rear sight on the frame mounted barrel latch. There is a faint boxed cartouche on the lower left grip panel. The accompanying factory letter states that the revolver was shipped to the U.S. Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts on July 12, 1875. Many Schofields were issued to active military units in the 1870s and early 1880s and were the handgun of choice to many famous Wild West outlaws such as the James Gang and Cole Younger, and lawmen Bill Tilghman and Frank Lowery of O.K. Corral fame. BBL: 7 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 45 Schofield Finish: blue Grips: cartouched walnut Serial Number: 59 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 60% of the original blue finish with the balance a smooth mottled gray patina. Most of the finish is present on the frame, with the balance in the protected areas on the barrel. The hammer and trigger guard also have a smooth mottled gray patina. The grips are good. A portion on the lower right side has been whittled out during period of usage, there is a small chip on each toe and overall a few minor dings. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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Smith & Wesson New Model No 3 Single Action Revolver Owned by Western Movie Actor William Hart

Lot 1402: Smith & Wesson New Model No 3 Single Action Revolver Owned by Western Movie Actor William Hart

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Description: Estimate: $2500 - 3750 This revolver was once owned by the famous early 1900s cowboy and Western movie star William S. Hart. In December of 1930 Hart gave the revolver to a Louis Tepper. Mr. Tepper owned one or more movie theaters in the Newark, New Jersey area and had a strong admiration for Hart and would show his movies as often as he could, even earlier films. In appreciation for this Hart gifted the revolver to Tepper. The revolver was shipped to Tepper in a wooden crate via American Railway Express Company and at one time the crate was still with the revolver. Accompanying the revolver is a copy of a 1975 Smith & wesson Collectors News with an article about Hart giving the revolver to Tepper, showing the letter Hart sent to Tepper and a photo of the revolver and crate it was shipped in. The letter explains the reason for the notches in the left grip panel. Also with the revolver is a framed movie advertisement for the film Hart carried this revolver in, which was titled "3 Word Brand". There is also a copy of the page from Douglas R. Carlson Antique American Firearms dated 12/01/83 with the description of this revolver when it was for sale at the Las Vegas Gun Show when it was purchased by John Gangel. The revolver is a standard New Model No. 3 with the two line address/patent dates on top of the rib, and the matching serial number on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. Blade front and notch rear sights, blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard, and fitted with checkered walnut grips. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 16591 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 40% original blue finish mainly concentrated on the frame sides and bottom, with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The hammer retains much of the original case colors and the trigger guard has a smooth silver gray patina. The grips are good with the aforementioned notches on the left panel, two horizontal over the screw and four vertical at the bottom. The grips show some heavy wear and a few minor dings. The barrel marking is crisp and clear. The action is fine. A solid Smith & Wesson New No. 3 revolver once owned by the famous Western movie actor William Hart.

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The Rarest of All Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army Revolver with Extremely Scarce

Lot 1403: The Rarest of All Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army Revolver with Extremely Scarce "2D.Quality" Marking

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Description: Estimate: $7000 - 10000 Manufactured between 1861 and 1874. This particular revolver is unserialized and the frame was left in the white. The left side of the frame and top of the barrel rib at the breech are marked "2D QUALITY", a marking which was put on these revolvers due to slight casting imperfections. Of the 77,155 Model 2 Army revolvers manufactured, this marking was stamped on only 35. Second quality revolvers are more common on the smith & Wesson 1st Model, 2nd Issue of which there are approximately 4,000. This could very well be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Many of these were sold commercially and used as a personal side arm by Civil War soldiers, as it was the only weapon able to fire self-contained cartridges and be easily carried as a backup by soldiers going off to war. The top of the barrel rib is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS." and as noted above there is no serial number on this revolver. German silver blade fixed front sight, 6-shot unfluted cylinder with the S&W 1855, 1859 and 1860 patent dates around the center. The frame has a spur trigger, three-pin top strap, blue barrel and fitted with varnished smooth two piece rosewood grips. Note the placement of the grip screw. BBL: 6 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: blue/bright Grips: rosewood Serial Number: NSN Condition: Very good. The barrel retains 20% original blue finish all in protected areas with a smooth mottled brown patina on the balance. The frame remains in the original unpolished factory bright and has some minor flash pitting. The grips are also very good with a small chip on the inside upper right side, some very minor lower edge wear and a few minor handling marks. The markings are clear.

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Scarce Full Silver Plated Smith & Wesson No. 2 Army Revolver with Japanese Markings

Lot 1404: Scarce Full Silver Plated Smith & Wesson No. 2 Army Revolver with Japanese Markings

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Description: Estimate: $2750 - 4000 Manufactured in 1865. Japanese characters are present on the left and right barrel flats. The top of the barrel rib is stamped with the one line Springfield address (faint). The cylinder has the one line patent dates marking. The revolver has the three pin top strap. Ffitted with smooth grips. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. The butt of the left grip panel is also stamped with a Japanese character. BBL: 6 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: silver Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 43828 Condition: Good. The barrel retains 70% original silver which has pleasantly darkened with age and exhibits areas of spotting down the length. The frame retains 60% original silver also darkening with age showing cleaning concentrated on the side plate and cylinder. The grips are good with a large shallow chip on the left panel and minor overall handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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Scarce Smith & Wesson Number One Third Issue Revolver, with Factory Documented Short Barrel and Original Holster

Lot 1405: Scarce Smith & Wesson Number One Third Issue Revolver, with Factory Documented Short Barrel and Original Holster

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Description: Estimate: $1800 - 2750 According to the included factory letter, this revolver was shipped to M.W. Robinson of New York City on 4 August 1875, with the nickel finish, 2 1/2 inch barrel and smooth rosewood grips. Blade front and notch rear sights, with the one line Smith & Wesson address correctly stamped on the left side of the barrel, fluted cylinder, checkered hammer and smooth two piece grips. With an unmarked brown leather belt holster with integral top flap. BBL: 2 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 22 Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 117230 Condition: Excellent with 95% of the original nickel finish. Showing a few light handling marks, minor flaking and very slight holster wear indicating the pair have been together for most if not all their life. Grips are very good with a tiny chip absent from the left toe, minor dents and strong varnish. The holster is good with typical age cracking and strong stitching. Mechanically excellent. A high condition rare short barrel Smith & Wesson 1st Model 3rd Issue Revolver.

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Rare

Lot 1406: Rare "2D. QUALITY" Marked Smith & Wesson Model Number 1 2nd Issue Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $1500 - 2500 There were 117,000 of these revolvers manufactured between 1860 and 1868 with a only about 4,402 marked "2D. QUALITY" which were sold at a discount due to a minor casting flaw. German silver blade front sight and a notch rear sight in the cylinder stop. The frame is silver plated and the barrel and cylinder are blued along with the cylinder stop and cylinder pin. The frame on the right side under the grips is stamped "2C". Fitted with a set of smooth rosewood grips with the matching serial number stamped on the inside of the right panel. BBL: 3 3/16 inch solid rib octagon Stock: Gauge: 22 RF Short Finish: blue/silver Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 81985 Condition: Very fine, 25% of the original blue finish remains on the cylinder, cylinder stop and cylinder pin with a smooth brown patina on the barrel. The frame retains 95% of the original silver plated finish with some flaking around the left side plate which has two small holes. The grips are also very fine with some scattered minor dings and scratches, concentrated mostly on the left panel. 2nd quality revolvers are often faked, and this is a true example of a rare Smith & Wesson 1st Model 2nd Issue.

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Extremely Rare Smith & Wesson Special Production Run First Model .44 Double Action Revolver in 38 Military Caliber with Target Sights and Factory Letter

Lot 1407: Extremely Rare Smith & Wesson Special Production Run First Model .44 Double Action Revolver in 38 Military Caliber with Target Sights and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $8000 - 14000 Manufactured in 1903, this revolver is one of only approximately 10 First Model .44 DA revolvers chambered in the 38 Military caliber and one of a very small percentage converted to a target model. The top of the barrel rib is marked "SMITH &WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A." flanked by Maltese crosses. The matching serial number is marked on the butt. Rear cylinder face and on the rear of the barrel. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger, blade front and adjustable rear target sights and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with "S&W" in a circle at the top and patent date on the lower left panel. The accompanying factory letter verifies this revolver as a "Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model, Special Production Run, . 38 Military revolver". The revolver was shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St Louis, Mo. On May 7, 1903 with a 6 1/2 inch barrel, adjustable target rear sight, blue finish and black hard rubber grips. The letter further states "The revolver was special manufactured in the .38 Military caliber. It is estimated that about 10 of this model were produced in this caliber, but only small percentage of these were converted to target models." BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 36936 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 75% plus original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The majority of the finish loss is on the forward portion of the barrel, cylinder flats and back strap. The hammer and trigger retain most of the original vibrant case colors. The grips are excellent with a few minor handling marks and crisp checkering. The markings are clear. The mechanics are fine. An extremely rare variation of the Smith & Wesson First Model .44 DA revolver. Additional information: This revolver has matching serial numbers (36936) on the frame, cylinder and barrel assembly (under the barrel latch).

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Excellent Early Three Digit Serial Number Smith & Wesson Model 44 Double Action Frontier Revolver with Factory Letter and Pearl Grips

Lot 1408: Excellent Early Three Digit Serial Number Smith & Wesson Model 44 Double Action Frontier Revolver with Factory Letter and Pearl Grips

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Description: Estimate: $6500 - 9000 This is a separate model from the .44 Double Action 1st Model and was manufactured from 1886 to 1916 with approximately 15,300 made. This revolver is chambered for the 44-40 winchester cartridge. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the two line address/patent dates. The matching serial number is marked on the butt, rear cylinder face, barrel and barrel latch. Nickel finish, with blue barrel latch and trigger guard, and casehardened hammer and trigger, pinned front and notch rear sight, and fitted with smooth pearl grips. The accompanying factory letter verifies the 4 inch barrel, 44 Winchester (44/40) caliber, nickel finish and that it had black hard rubber grips at the time of shipment to Mecham Arms Co., St. Louis, Mo. On July 28, 1888. Provenance Gary Garbrecht Collection. BBL: 4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44-40 Finish: nickel Grips: pearl Serial Number: 961 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 99% original nickel finish with some minor frosting on the barrel and front strap. The hammer and trigger retain almost all of the beautiful original deep case colors. The barrel latch and trigger guard retain 99% original bright blue finish with some edge wear. The grips are excellent. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent. A stunning example of a desirable Smith & Wesson .44 D.A. Frontier revolver.

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Superb Condition Smith & Wesson Number Two Army Revolver with Rare Five Inch Barrel

Lot 1409: Superb Condition Smith & Wesson Number Two Army Revolver with Rare Five Inch Barrel

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Description: Estimate: $4000 - 6000 Manufactured from 1861-1874. Round blade front sight with notched rear sight. The barrel is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS." on top of the rib, with the patent marking around the cylinder and the assembly number "LL1" on the barrel lug and cylinder. Fitted with a casehardened, checkered hammer and trigger, and a pair of smooth rosewood grips with a flared butt. BBL: 5 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 Finish: blue Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 75854 Condition: Excellent, with 95% original original blue finish, showing a few areas of gentle flaking to a brown patina and collector type handling marks. The hammer and ejector retain most of their original case colors, which exhibit a beautiful low-luster natural appearance. Grips are excellent, with a few light pressure dents. Mechanically excellent. A Smith & Wesson collector will search long and hard to find a better example of a Five Inch Number Two Revolver.

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Rare & Highly Desirable Smith & Wesson Model 2 Old Army Revolver with Rare 4 Inch Barrel and Factory Letter

Lot 1410: Rare & Highly Desirable Smith & Wesson Model 2 Old Army Revolver with Rare 4 Inch Barrel and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $2000 - 3000 This Smith & Wesson Model 2 Old Army revolver was manufactured with the rare 4 inch barrel. The included letter confirms the caliber, blue finish and rosewood grips with no barrel length listed. The revolver was part of a 350 gun shipment to M.W. Robinson of New York City, S&W's largest distributor, on November 4, 1870. the top of the barrel rib has the one line Springfield address and the cylinder has the one line patent dates marking. "UO" is stamped on the back of the barrel lug and on the front face of the cylinder. The frame has the three pin top strap. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. BBL: 4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: blue Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 74186 Condition: Very good. The revolver retains 30% original blue finish mostly in the protected areas with the balance a smooth brown patina with some minor pitting. The grips are very good with a minor chip missing from the left panel near the bottom, a few pressure dents and some scattered minor handling marks overall. Mechanically excellent. A rare, often missing variation of the No. 2 Army. Additional information: the same assembly marking "UO" are also stamped on the frame under the left grip.

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Fine Early Civil War Production Silver Plated Smith & Wesson Model No. 2 Army Single Action Revolver with Ivory Grips and Holster

Lot 1411: Fine Early Civil War Production Silver Plated Smith & Wesson Model No. 2 Army Single Action Revolver with Ivory Grips and Holster

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 4500 Manufactured from 1861 to 1874, the Model No. 2 Army began production just prior to the start of the Civil War and quickly became popular, especially among Union officers. However the Model No. 2 was never officially adopted by the U.S. Army. Blade front sight with notched top strap rear sight. The top of the barrel is marked with the Springfield address and the cylinder marked "PATENTED APRIL 3, 1855, JULY 5, 1859 & DEC 18, 1860." around the center. The serial number is marked on the butt and the matching assembly number "48" is marked on the front cylinder face and on the back of the barrel lug and on the left grip frame. Six round unfluted cylinder, smooth spur trigger and fitted with smooth ivory grips. Complete with a brown leather slim jim flap holster. BBL: 6 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: silver Grips: ivory Serial Number: 5972 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 85% original silver plating with scattered flaking with pitting on the exposed metal. There is also scattered minor "blistering" and the finish is beginning to darken with age. The grips are slightly undrsized, are of the period and have been on the revolver all of its life, exhibiting some minor age cracking and a pleasant mellow aged patina. The markings are clear. The action is fine. The holster is good and also appears original to the revolver, with age and flex cracking, and some minor normal usage wear.

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Rare Early Production Two Pin Dual Tone Smith & Wesson Model No. 2 Army Revolver

Lot 1412: Rare Early Production Two Pin Dual Tone Smith & Wesson Model No. 2 Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $3250 - 4250 This is a very fine example of an early production Smith & Wesson No. 2 Old Army revolver with the desirable and rare top strap with two pins. The Old Army revolver was introduced in 1861 making this example a Civil War production revolver. Compounding the rarity of the two pin is the dual tone blue and silver finish which accounted for only 10% of all No. 2 Army production. The top of the barrel rib has the one line Springfield address and the cylinder has the one line patent dates marking. Blade and notch sights and fitted with varnished grips. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. BBL: 6 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: blue/silver Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 2471 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% original blue finish with the balance a mottled brown-gray patina showing some very scattered mild pitting. The frame retains 97% plus original silver plating which has an attractive aged appearance. A small patch of cleaned spotting is present on the side plate. The grips are fine with a surface chip missing (left panel) and some minor handling marks with most of the original varnish remaining. Mechanically excellent.

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Magnificant Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Single Action Revolver with Original Factory Box

Lot 1413: Magnificant Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Single Action Revolver with Original Factory Box

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Description: Estimate: $9500 - 15000 Introduced by Smith & Wesson in 1878 the New Model 3 Revolver was an improved design of the original Model 3. Although this model was cataloged into the early 1900s, all frames were manufactured by 1898. This is an excellent example of a New Model 3 Revolver. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the two line address and patent dates "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A. PAT'D JAN 17 & 24. 65. JULY 11. 65./AUG 24. 69. APR 20. 75 FEB 20. & DEC 18. 1877 REISSUE JULY 25. 1871." Equipped with a pinned blade front sight and a notch rear sight on the barrel latch. This single action revolver built on a top-break action has a short ejector housing, 6-shot fluted cylinder and knuckle on the back strap. The matching serial number is stamped on the butt, rear face of the cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard. The revolver is fitted with factory checkered walnut grips on a round butt frame. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. Accompanied by its original factory green box numbered to the gun with the directions label on the inside of the lid and the correct green end label. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 16103 Condition: Excellent plus. The revolver retains 98% original bright blue finish showing only the slightest collector type handling marks and minor flaking on the cylinder. The hammer and trigger guard retain nearly all of their vivid and bright original case colors. The grips are excellent with crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Box is good with a protective wax for preservation applied to the inside and showing worn edges. A No. 3 that would be nearly impossible to improve upon.

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Spectacular Smith & Wesson First Model .38 Single Action Baby Russian Revolver with Factory Picture Box

Lot 1414: Spectacular Smith & Wesson First Model .38 Single Action Baby Russian Revolver with Factory Picture Box

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Description: Estimate: $5000 - 7500 Manufactured circa 1876 to 1877 this is a spectacular example of a blue finished Smith & Wesson First Model .38 Single Action Baby Russian Revolver. Blue finish Baby Russians are less common than nickel finish counterparts. Approximately 6,500 blue finish Baby Russians were manufactured by Smith & Wesson. The revolver has the two line address and patent dates marking on top of the barrel rib. The matching serial number appears on the butt, rear face of the cylinder, barrel latch and barrel. The revolver is fitted with nicely figured oil finished walnut grips. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. With the revolver is the correct factory green box featuring the picture label on the lid and the directions label on the inside of the lid. BBL: 3 1/4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 2292 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 95% original high polish blue finish exhibiting only delicate flaking from age. The hammer retains 95% vivid and bright original case colors. The screw heads retain nearly all of their original handsome niter blue finish. The grips are also excellent with only a few minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The box is very good showing minor wear with most of the picture label remaining. The finest blue "Baby Russian" that this writer can recall.

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Scarce Factory Engraved Gold Plated Inscribed Smith & Wesson 1st Model Safety Hammerless Double Action Revolver

Lot 1415: Scarce Factory Engraved Gold Plated Inscribed Smith & Wesson 1st Model Safety Hammerless Double Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 8500 Manufactured from 1888 to 1902. This revolver features a rare and highly desirable original factory gold plated finish with a blue trigger guard and casehardened trigger. There is floral scroll and punch dot engraving on the barrel sides, frame, cylinder flats and back strap. The left side is inscribed "CHARLES BARHITE JR" in a panel on the left side of the frame. Consignor notes state that it was a family heirloom and belonged to the great great grandfather. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address/patent dates, and the matching serial number is marked on the butt, barrel and rear face of the cylinder. Pinned blade front and notch rear sights, and fitted with smooth pearl grips. BBL: 2 3/4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 CF Finish: gold Grips: pearl Serial Number: 53227 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 95% original gold plated finish with some wear on the left side of the frame and some scattered flaking in the engraving. The trigger guard retains 99% original bright blue finish with a small amount of minor spotting. The trigger retains most of the original case colors on the protected sides with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The grips are excellent. The engraving and markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent. This is a truly rare opportunity to own an original gold plated and factory engraved 1st Model 32 Safety Hammerless. Original gold plated guns are nearly impossible to find and this one survived in excellent plus condition.

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Outstanding Smith & Wesson 38 Single Action 2nd Model Revolver with Rare Mottled Grips and Factory Box

Lot 1416: Outstanding Smith & Wesson 38 Single Action 2nd Model Revolver with Rare Mottled Grips and Factory Box

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 4000 Manufactured from 1877 to 1891. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the two line address/patent dates. The matching serial number appears on the butt, cylinder, latch and barrel. Pinned front sight and notch rear sight on the latch. Nickel finish with casehardened hammer. The revolver is fitted with rare dark red mottled grips featuring the early production plain "S&W." imprint at the top. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. The revolver has the correct factory box and bore brush. BBL: 3 1/4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 56112 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% original nickel finish showing only slight collector type handling marks. The hammer retains nearly all of its brilliant bright and vivid case colors. Screw heads show handsome flashes of their original niter blue finish. The grips are excellent with crisp checkering and a very attractive color scheme. Mechanically excellent. Box is very good as repaired with the interior lined with a clear glue. Most of the end label remains.

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

Lot 1417: Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 32 Centerfire Single Action Revolver with Rare Red Mottled Grips and Original Box

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Description: Estimate: $1500 - 2250 Manufactured from 1878 to 1892 this example has rare dark red mottled S&W monogram grips. Pinned front sight and notch rear sight on the latch. The two line address/patent date marking is stamped on top of the barrel rib and V-shaped patent markings on the top strap. Matching serial number also on the butt, cylinder, latch and barrel. Included with the revolver is the original factory paper hinge box, 15 cartridges and cleaning rod. BBL: 3 inch solid Stock: Gauge: 32 CF Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 43309 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% original nickel finish with some minor flaking (mostly on the cylinder). The hammer retains vivid and bright original case colors. The screw heads still exhibit flashes of their original niter blue finish. The grips are also excellent with overall crisp checkering and a very attractive dark color scheme. Mechanically excellent. The box is fine with some residue on the lid and some minor edge wear.

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Excellent Smith & Wesson 4th Model .32 Double Action Revolver with Rare Floral Pattern Factory Grips

Lot 1418: Excellent Smith & Wesson 4th Model .32 Double Action Revolver with Rare Floral Pattern Factory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $1200 - 2250 Introduced in 1883 this example has rare floral pattern hard rubber grips which are also known as peacock or wild turkey stocks. The barrel rib is stamped with the two line address/patent dates marking, the left barrel side has the caliber marking and the right side of the frame has the S&W monogram. Cylinder, barrel and latch are numbered to the gun. Blue with casehardened hammer and trigger. The grips have a floral pattern with bird lurking in the design and the S&W monogram at the top. The right grip panel has the number "753" on the back. BBL: 3 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 S&W Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 225076 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 95% plus original blue finish showing some very minor thinning. The hammer and trigger retain 95% original deep case colors. The screw heads still retain their handsome original niter blue finish. The grips are excellent plus with clear and crisp patterns. Mechanically sound. Overall a beautiful little S&W with a magnificent set of grips!

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Attractive English Proofed Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Target Revolver with 7 1/2 inch Barrel

Lot 1419: Attractive English Proofed Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Target Revolver with 7 1/2 inch Barrel

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Description: Estimate: $6000 - 8500 Competing against Colt's Bisley Model Single Action, as well as the English-made target arms, Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Target found many buyers overseas, and was considered one of the top competition revolvers through the close of the black powder era. Patridge blade front and adjustable "V" notch target rear sights, with the one line Springfield address on the rib and matching numbers on the latch, barrel, cylinder and butt. A number of English proofs have been added to the weapon, including crossed scepters on the barrel, in each flute, and on the frame, a "crown/R" on the barrel, "crown/(V)" and "crown/(GP)" on the barrel and cylinder, and rare "NOT ENGLISH MAKE" on the right side of the frame. Fitted with a wide checkered target hammer and checkered select gradewalnut grips. BBL: 7 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 455 Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 34006 Condition: Excellent, with 98% of the original blue finish, showing only minor edge wear and collector type handling marks overall. The hammer and triggerguard exhibit vibrant original beautiful case colors which have silvered out on exposed edges. The select grade grips are excellent. Mechanically excellent.

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Very Fine English Smith & Wesson No. 2 Old Army Revolver Case

Lot 1420: Very Fine English Smith & Wesson No. 2 Old Army Revolver Case

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Description: Estimate: $800 - 1200 This partitioned wooden English case is for a Smith & Wesson No. 2 Old Army Revolver. The case has five compartments with three of those compartments having lids featuring round ivory pulls. The case is lined in a blue fabric and the top of the lid has a brass inlaid disk. The case key is included. BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: Very fine with some high spot wear on the lining, cracked bottom and some minor handling marks.

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Cased London Retailer Marked Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army Revolver

Lot 1421: Cased London Retailer Marked Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 4750 Manufactured from 1861 to 1874 with this late production example having a London retailer marking hand engraved on the back strap. The top of the barrel rib has the one line Springfield address and the cylinder has the patent dates marking. The cylinder is also stamped with alternating British proofs between the chambers. The back strap is inscribed "J.H. CRANE, Sole Agent , 3 ROYAL EXCHANGE LONDON". Matching assembly number stamped on the barer lug and cylinder. Fitted with smooth grips with the right panel numbered to the gun. The matching London retailer partitioned wooden case is lined in green felt and the inside of the lid has a J.H. Crane retailer label. BBL: 6 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: blue Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 60120 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 70% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The grip are fine with some minor handling marks and retaining most of the varnish. Mechanically excellent. The case is very good with minor handling marks and worn lining. Most of the paper label remains.

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Attractive British Proofed Smith & Wesson First Model .38 Single Action Baby Russian Revolver with Factory Box and Interesting Factory Error

Lot 1422: Attractive British Proofed Smith & Wesson First Model .38 Single Action Baby Russian Revolver with Factory Box and Interesting Factory Error

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Description: Estimate: $2000 - 3000 Manufactured circa 1876-1877. Pinned blade front and notch rear sights, with the two line patent and address markings on the rib, reading from breech to muzzle, with flanking Maltese crosses, and matching numbers on the latch, barrel, cylinder and butt. The "crown/V" and "crown/GP" London Armory stamps are present on the left side of the barrel and in alternating cylinder flutes. With a casehardened hammer and checkered plastic grips with "S&W." imprints at the top. With a green fabric covered box, bearing the instruction sheet on the inside of the lid, and the "picture label" on top, featuring a Baby Russian in the center, a blue ink "NICKEL/PLATED." stamp, and the text "SMITH & WESSON/No.38/Automatic Ejector,/SPRINGFIELD, MASS.". Note: The barrel address is stamped upside-down, reading left to right. It must have been stamped late on a Friday or early on a Monday, either way this employee was distracted. BBL: 3 1/4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: nickel Grips: plastic Serial Number: 23618 Condition: Excellent, with 90% of the original nickel, with some light flaking and handling marks overall. A mixed gray and brown patina is present on the visible steel. All markings, including the London proofs, are sharply defined. Grips are excellent, with a few dents and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The box is very good, with some light staining, wear along the edges, and a small amount of material loss on the label, which is still sharply and clearly marked.

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Attractive Cased Smith & Wesson Model Number One 2nd Issue Revolver with Ivory Grips and Accessories

Lot 1423: Attractive Cased Smith & Wesson Model Number One 2nd Issue Revolver with Ivory Grips and Accessories

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Description: Estimate: $1200 - 2000 Manufactured from 1860 to 1868 with this cased example having a blue finish with silver plated frame and fitted with ivory grips. The barrel lug and cylinder are stamped "E8". The barrel rib has the standard address marking and the cylinder has the standard patent dates marking. The partitioned English burled walnut case is lined with blue felt and the top of the lid has a blank silver shield and banner. The case holds the revolver, an oiler, screwdriver and 55 cartridges (22RF). BBL: 3 1/4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 22 RF Finish: blue/silver Grips: ivory Serial Number: 55428 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 50% thining original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina with some mild pitting on the cylinder. The frame retains 97% plus original silver plating which has an attractive aged appearance. The shrunken grips are very good with a small chip missing, some minor handling marks and a few hairline cracks. The ivory has an attractive grain pattern and color. Action functions but cylinder does not lock. The case is very fine with some high spot wear on the lining and some minor handling marks.

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Rare Smith & Wesson Second Model Number Three Russian Revolver with Shoulder Stock

Lot 1424: Rare Smith & Wesson Second Model Number Three Russian Revolver with Shoulder Stock

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Description: Estimate: $7500 - 11000 Also known as the "Old Model Russian", the Second Model saw the introduction of the pronounced backstrap knuckle and trigger guard spur which are seen as the Russian's signature features, with this particular example outfitted to accept the scarce detachable shoulder stock. This is an example of a fairly scarce group of revolvers (approximately 6,000) manufactured specifically for the domestic market, to which the words "RUSSIAN MODEL" were added to the rear of the barrel address, and falls in the serial number range of 32,800-39,000. The majority of these revolvers were purchased by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham and subsequently marked with their retailer mark "SH" in a diamond. The revolver bears that very mark which was cut through the serial number at the retailer when the revolver was sold. The stock itself is the proper Russian model with the distinctive steel buttplate. It is important to note that when stocked guns were sold to retailers factory letters will not often specify if the revolver was cut for a stock, considering Smith & Wesson charged no additional expense. Further, guns and stocks were sold seperately. It is in this writers opinion that bother are 100% authentic and the gun and stock have lived their entire life together. Pinned blade and notch sights, with the one line address and patent markings ending in "RUSSIAN MODEL" on the barrel rib, and matching assembly numbers of "441" on the barrel, latch and cylinder. Smooth grips, with the right panel numbered to the gun. The back strap is cut twice and the butt once to provide mounting slots for the stock, which is smooth walnut with unnumbered hardware and a smooth steel buttplate. BBL: 7 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 35482 Condition: Fine, with 50% of the original blue finish, showing areas of brown patina concentrated at the muzzle, scattered scratches and light handling marks. Hammer and trigger guard still exhibit brilliant flashes of original case colors. The grips are good with scratches and dents. The stock is fine, the metal is mostly a gray patina with scattered spotting. The wood is fine with casual pressure marks. Mechanically sound. Overall a rare highly desierable group.

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Outstanding Cased

Lot 1425: Outstanding Cased "Two-Tone" Smith & Wesson Model 2 Old Army Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $6500 - 8500 This is a magnificent example of a Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army revolver with original case. The included factory letter confirms the barrel length, two-tone blue and silver finish and rosewood grips. The revolver was part of a 75 unit shipment of this configuration and was shipped on April 29, 1865 to B. Kittredge & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. Note this revolver was shipped 20 days after Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House. These revolvers original sold for $14.50 and were popular with Union Officers and travelers heading West. The top of the barrel rib is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS." with the 6-shot unfluted cylinder marked with the 1865, 1859 and 1860 patent dates marking. The matching assembly number "XX4" appears on the rear of the barrel lug and front cylinder face with the serial number stamped on the butt. The frame has a spur trigger and three-pin top strap. As stated, the revolver is blue with silver plated frame and fitted with varnished smooth two piece rosewood grips. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. The original partitioned wooden case is lined in red velvet. The top of the lid has a blank initial plaque. Also with the revolver is a 50 round box of UMC .32 S&W CF cartridges. BBL: 6 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: blue/silver Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 34565 Condition: Very fine to excellent. The revolver retains 90% original blue finish showing thinning brown on high points. The frame retains virtually all of the original silver plating which is taking on an attractive age darkened appearance. The hammer retains vivid original case colors. The grips are excellent with only minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with some minor handling marks and high spot wear on the lining, the barrel partion is chipped otherwise excellent. An outstanding example of a two tone Kittredge shipped No. 2 Army.

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Scarce First Year Production

Lot 1426: Scarce First Year Production "Two-Pin" Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army Revolver with Rare 5 Inch Barrel

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Description: Estimate: $2750 - 3750 This scarce 1st year, 1st month production Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army revolver has the desirable and rare early two pin frame and rare 5 inch barrel. The top of the barrel rib has the one line Springfield address and the cylinder has the one line patent dates marking. The front of the cylinder face, barrel lug and backstrap under the grip are stamped "B8". The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger with blade front and notch rear sights. Fitted with varnished grips. BBL: 5 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: blue Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 327 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 75% original blue finish with the balance a smooth gray patina. There is some minor pitting (mostly on the barrel). The hammer retains vibrant flashes of original case colors. The grips are very fine with a repaired chip, a small missing chip near the bottom and some minor handling marks with most of the varnish remaining. The action functions but cylinder does not always lock. Markings are crisp. A rare 5 inch, two pin No. 2 in very fine condition.

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Very Fine Early Production Smith & Wesson 1- 1/2 Old Model Single Action Revolver

Lot 1427: Very Fine Early Production Smith & Wesson 1- 1/2 Old Model Single Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $950 - 1600 Manufactured from 1865 to 1868. The top of the rib has the two line address/patent dates (1855 & 1859) marking, the serial number is marked on the butt and stamped on the inside of the right grip panel. Blade front sight, blue finish, with casehardened ejector stud, hammer and trigger, and fitted with smooth varnished rosewood grips. BBL: 3 and 1/2 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: blue Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 14581 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 90% original blue finish overall with thinning on high edges, down the length of the barrel, and on the cylinder. Case colors are vivid and rich on the hammer and ejector pin. The grips are very fine with only minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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Rare Smith & Wesson 1 1/2 Transition Model Revolver

Lot 1428: Rare Smith & Wesson 1 1/2 Transition Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $3500 - 6500 This is one of approximately 650 Smith & Wesson 1 1/2 transition revolvers manufactured circa 1869. Reportedly, 450 of these revolvers were shipped to C.W. May for export to Japan, with about 200 shipped to J.W. Storrs. The serial range for these revolvers is 27,200 to 28,800. This revolver has the Old Model 5-shot unfluted cylinder and octagonal barrel with the New Model bird head grip frame. The top of the barrel rib is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MAS./PAT'D APR. 3RD, 1855 & NOV 21 1865". The rear of the barrel lug is stamped "H8." Tip up frame, with spur hammer and rosewood bird head grips with the right panel numbered to the gun. BBL: 3 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: blue Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 27611 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 30% original blue finish with the balance a smooth gray patina. The cylinder has some minor pitting. The grip is fine with some high edge wear and some minor handling marks with most of the varnish remaining. Mechanically fine. A rare often missing variations of an antique S&W 1 1/2!

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Excellent Smith & Wesson Number 1 1/2 2nd Issue Single Action Revolver with Ivory Grips

Lot 1429: Excellent Smith & Wesson Number 1 1/2 2nd Issue Single Action Revolver with Ivory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $2500 - 3500 Commonly referred to as the 1 1/2 New Model or 2nd issue 1 1/2, these revolvers were manufactured between 1868 to 1875. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the one line address and patent dates and the serial number is marked on the butt. The matching assembly number "48" is marked on the frame under the grips, the rear of the barrel lug and on the rear face of the cylinder. Blade front and notch rear sights, all nickel finish with casehardened hammer and trigger, and fitted with smooth ivory grips. BBL: 3 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: nickel Grips: ivory Serial Number: 83964 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 95% original nickel finish, with some very minor isolated pitting on the left side of the barrel. Overall there are a few light scratches and minor dings. The hammer retains 60% plus original bright case colors with some faded case colors still visible and a smooth gray patina on the balance. The grips are also excellent with a couple of minor age cracks, an attractive grain and a mellow patina. The barrel markings are sharp. The action is fine.

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High Quality Smith & Wesson First Model Baby Russian 38 Top Break Revolver with Very Scarce Factory Picture Box

Lot 1430: High Quality Smith & Wesson First Model Baby Russian 38 Top Break Revolver with Very Scarce Factory Picture Box

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 4500 Also known as the Number Two First Model and produced circa 1876-1877, the Baby Russian receives its moniker from the break latch, long ejector housing and backstrap knuckle. Pinned blade front and notch rear sights, with the two line patent and address markings on the rib, reading from muzzle to breech, with flanking Maltese crosses, and matching numbers on the latch, barrel, cylinder and butt. With a casehardened hammer and checkered plastic grips with "S&W." imprints at the top. With a green fabric covered box, bearing the instruction sheet on the inside of the lid, and the "picture label" on top, featuring a Baby Russian in the center and the text "SMITH & WESSON/No.38/Automatic Ejector,/SPRINGFIELD, MASS.". Inside the box is a small disassembly tool, a wire barrel brush, and a set of five vintage Winchester 38 S&W cartridges. BBL: 4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: nickel Grips: plastic Serial Number: 20812 Condition: Excellent, with 95% plus original nickel finish, showing some light handling marks overall. The grips are excellent, with sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The box is very good, with a wax coating on the interior and mild wear concentrated along the edges.

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Superb Smith & Wesson Model Two Second Issue Single Action Top Break Revolver, with Scarce Five Inch Barrel and Factory Box

Lot 1431: Superb Smith & Wesson Model Two Second Issue Single Action Top Break Revolver, with Scarce Five Inch Barrel and Factory Box

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 4000 Manufactured circa 1877 to 1891. Pinned half-moon front sight and notch rear sight on the latch, with the two line address/patent dates marking flanked by Maltese crosses on the rib, and matching numbers on the latch, barrel, cylinder and butt. Fitted with checkered S&W hard rubber grips. Accompanied by what appears to be the original factory cardboard box, with the "Directions for Use" label on the inside of the lid and an orange end label reading "SMITH & WESSON/SINGLE 38 ACTION./NICKEL. 5 INCH." BBL: 5 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 94541 Condition: Excellent, with 98% of the original nickel finish, showing only the slightest storage type wear. The blue finish on the small components is 95%, and vivid case colors virtually cover the hammer. Thr grips are excellent, with minimal dings. The box is good, with the lid partially detached, separation at the corners, and mild staining. Some flaking and tears are visible on the labels, which are otherwise very good with well defined text. Mechanically excellent. A beautiful and rare revolver!

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Smith & Wesson 38 Single Action 2nd Model Revolver with Rare Red Mottled Grips and Factory Box

Lot 1432: Smith & Wesson 38 Single Action 2nd Model Revolver with Rare Red Mottled Grips and Factory Box

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Description: Estimate: $2500 - 3500 Manufactured from 1877 to 1891 this example is fitted with rare red mottled grips. Blue finish with casehardened hammer. Pinned front sight and notch rear sight on the latch with the barrel rib having the standard two line address/patent dates marking. The early and rare red mottled checkered grips have the S&W monogram with the right grip panel numbered to another gun. Matching serial number on butt, cylinder, latch and barrel. The revolver comes with a correct paper hinge factory box which is ink stamped "NICKEL/PLATED" on the bottom. BBL: 3 1/4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 102963 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 85% original bright blue finish thinning isolated to the muzzle, cylinder and side plate. There is some minor pitting on the cylinder. The hammer retains vivid original case colors. The grips are excellent with crisp checkering and a very attractive color scheme. Mechanically excellent. The box is very good with limited corner separation and some minor edge wear. An attractive revolver with one of the best sets of grips this writer can recall.

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Excellent Smith & Wesson 3rd Model .32 Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips and Original Box

Lot 1433: Excellent Smith & Wesson 3rd Model .32 Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips and Original Box

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Description: Estimate: $750 - 1100 Manufactured circa 1882-1883. The revolver has the standard two line address/patent date information on the barrel rib with matching numbers on butt, latch, barrel and cylinder. Fitted with smooth pearl grips. The original factory box is numbered to the gun. BBL: 3 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 S&W Finish: nickel Grips: pearl Serial Number: 39408 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 97% original nickel finish with limited flaking. The hammer and trigger retain bright original case colors. The trigger guard retains 90% thinning original blue finish. The grips are excellent with a very attractive color. Mechanically excellent. Box is very good with a taped corner repair and some edge separation.

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Smith & Wesson .38 Double Action 2nd Model Revolver with Box

Lot 1434: Smith & Wesson .38 Double Action 2nd Model Revolver with Box

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Description: Estimate: $700 - 1000 Manufactured circa 1880-1884. Standard barrel rib marking with matching numbers on frame, cylinder, latch and barrel. Fitted with checkered S&W monogram grips with right panel numbered to gun. Comes with what appears to be the original factory paper hinge box. BBL: 3 1/4 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 27602 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 95% original nickel finish with some scattered mild flaking. The grips are fine with a repaired chip on the bottom and some minor handling marks with overall crisp checkering. Trigger and hammer retain bright and vivid original case colors. The trigger guard retains 80% thinning original blue finish. The box is fine with limited corner separation.

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Scarce

Lot 1435: Scarce "Civilian" U.S. Smith & Wesson Second Model Schofield Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $6500 - 10000 Manufactured for the U.S. military circa 1876-77 with a total production of approximately 5,934. The revolver is marked with the two line address/patent dates on the left side of the ejector housing flanked by elongated Maltese crosses. The right side of the ejector housing is marked "+SCHOFIELD'S PAT. APR. 22D 1873+". The butt is marked "U.S." along with the serial number "3481". The rear cylinder face is stamped with the matching serial and Ordnance sub-inspector's "W" and "P", which are also marked on the bottom flat of the ejector housing. The grips are smooth walnut and a visible Ordnance inspector's script initials cartouche on the left side. The matching serial number is stamped on the inside of the right panel. Many Schofield revolvers were issued to the 4th Cavalry which saw service in the Geronimo Campaign, the famous 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry comprised of the "Buffalo Soldiers" stationed in the American Southwest. As stated in the factory letter when the Model 3 Schofield was dropped from service they were purchased by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, and Francis Bannerman. Many were subsequently nickel plated and the barrel cut to 5 inches. It is estimated that 650 Second Model Schofields were sold as U.S. surplus. This example still features its original 7 inch barrel. BBL: 7 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 45 S&W Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 3481 Condition: Retailer refinished with 90% nickel finish with some areas of smooth gray patina and some frosted areas. The trigger guard has a smooth gray patina. The hammer retains much of the original case colors. The grips are good with three small notches cut into the lower left edge. The markings are crisp and clear. The action needs work. A true "Civilian" Second Model Schofield.

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Scarce Commercial Variation Smith & Wesson Model 3 First Model Russian Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter and Presentation Inscription

Lot 1436: Scarce Commercial Variation Smith & Wesson Model 3 First Model Russian Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter and Presentation Inscription

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Description: Estimate: $5000 - 8000 Identical to American Models except for the barrel address and chambered for the 44 Russian rather than the 44 American. This is a commercial variation revolver numbered within the American Model serial range. Smith & Wesson manufactured a total of 26,000 1st Model Russians between 1871 and 1874, 5,165 for commercial sales and rejected contract arms, the balance were Russian contract arms. This particular revolver was manufactured in 1873 and features a pinned blade front sight with notched rear sight on barrel latch. The serial number is marked on the butt, and the matching assembly number "H 118" is marked on the rear cylinder face, barrel, and barrel latch. The top of the rib is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD. MASS. U.S.A. PAT. JULY 10.60. JAN. 17. FEB. 17. JULY. 11 65 & AUG. 24. 69. RUSSIAN MODEL". The left side of the barrel near the breech is inscribed "PRESENTED TO/F.W. RUWE/BY/CAPT. SMITH/SEPT. 15 - 1892". Nickel finish with casehardened hammer and trigger, the lanyard on the butt has been removed and a screw has been placed in the hole. Fitted with smooth walnut grips and with the matching serial number stamped on the inside of the right panel. The accompanying factory letter verifies the serial number as having an 8 inch barrel, nickel finish, walnut grips and that it was shipped to M.W. Robinson, New York, N.Y. on February 21, 1873. There are also letters of correspondence attempting to learn the origin of the inscription, however the only thing known is that F.W. Ruwe farmed in the Freemont, Nebraska area and had a son Lester in 1902. There is also a obituary for Mr. Ruwe from the Freemont Daily Tribune from May 28, 1937. Provenance Gary Gerbrecht collection. BBL: 8 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 15544 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 95% plus original nickel finish with a small area of smooth gray patina on the back strap and some areas that are "frosted". The barrel spring is missing its spring. Overall there are a few minor scratches. The grips are fine. The right panel appears have been period touched up with a light coat of varnish with much still remaining and showing several minor dents. The left grip panel shows a period professional repair to a hairline crack and some overall pressure dents. The markings are crisp and clear, as is the inscription. Mechanically excellent. Some research may prove very interesting.

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Scarce Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Turkish Contract Rimfire Single Action Revolver, with Factory Letter

Lot 1437: Scarce Smith & Wesson New Model Number Three Turkish Contract Rimfire Single Action Revolver, with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $4000 - 6000 Produced on order for the Ottoman Empire, the Turkish Contract New Model Number Three was chambered for the 44 Henry Rimfire, a cartridge that was already on the decline on the domestic market but still in demand overseas. Additionally, Springfield Armory provided the Ottoman government the services of one of their inspectors, A. F. Cameron, to serve as their representative and Chief Inspector for the contract run. According to the included factory letter, this revolver was number 3136 in the contract run, leaving the factory on 20 January 1880 for M.W. Robinson of New York City, who was the co-ordinator for the overseas transport of the arms. Blade and notch sights, with the two line address and patent markings on top of the barrel, matching serial numbers on the barrel, cylinder and butt. Checkered hardwood grips with the proper "A.F.C." inspection mark on top of the left panel. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Henry RF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 3136 Condition: Good, with 40% of the original blue finish, showing areas of brown and gray patina, bright edge wear and scattered handling marks. Bright original case colors are present on the hammer. Grips are good, with dents and scuffs. Mechanically tight. A fine example of a hard to find foreign contract Smith & Wesson Revolver.

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Scarce and Highly Desirable Argentinean Smith & Wesson New Model No 3 Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot 1438: Scarce and Highly Desirable Argentinean Smith & Wesson New Model No 3 Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $2000 - 4000 This is an ultra rare example of one of Smith & Wesson's foreign contract revolvers. This particular revolver was on of approximately 2,000 ordered by the Argentianean government. The included factory letter confirms the caliber, barrel length and blue finish and that the revolver was originally shipped with hard rubber grips. The revolver was shipped from the factory on January 10, 1881 and delivered to Hartley & Graham Co. of New York City. The shipment was for 2002 units and the records indicate that the revolver was "stamped" but the record does not specify for who the order was being manufactured for. The stamping is likely referring to the Argentinean military marking that is located ahead of the trigger, "EJERCITO/ARGENTINO". The top of the barrel rib has the two line address/patent dates ending in the "REISSUE JULY 25, 1871" marking that was used on revolvers that were in the 1-9,000 serial number range. The right side of the ejector rod housing is stamped with the import number "RB76500880001." The serial number is stamped on the butt (obscured by the lanyard swivel), rear cylinder face, barrel and barrel latch. Fitted with smooth walnut grips with the right panel numbered to the gun. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 1270 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 60% faded original blue finish with the balance a mottled brown-gray patina with some scattered mild pitting (mostly on the cylinder). The grips are very fine with some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A missing piece in even the most advanced Smith & Wesson collection.

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Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Australian Model Single Action Revolver with Shoulder Stock Factory Letter Stock Case and Rare Original Holster

Lot 1439: Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Australian Model Single Action Revolver with Shoulder Stock Factory Letter Stock Case and Rare Original Holster

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 8500 One of approximately 310 manufactured circa late 1880s on contract order for the Australian Government. 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. Complete with a walnut shoulder stock with nickel hardware and checkered hard rubber buttplate. The lower tang is numbered "23267". The accompanying factory letter verifies 44 S&W caliber, 6 1/2 inch barrel, nickel finish, checkered black hard rubber grips and that it was shipped to McLean Brothers & Riggs, New York City, N.Y. and Adelaide, Australia on January 31, 1888. The letter further states that the shoulder stock number 23267 was shipped to the same distributor in September of 1886. The distributor supplied this model to the Australian Government and it was Roy Jinks' opinion that the stock was mixed up in that country. It has been observed that Australian guns and stocks used in Western Australia will lack broad arrow proofs. The revolver comes with its original brown leather double flap holster for the revolver stamped with a broad arrow proof over "8" and a brown leather case for the stock BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 23402 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% original polished nickel finish with some scattered minor scratches and dings overall. The hammer retains most of the original case colors on the sides with a smooth gray patina on the balance and the trigger guard shows strong original case colors in protected areas with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The grips are very good with a few minor dings on the bottom edges and crisp checkering. The shoulder stock is excellent with 97% original polished nickel on the attaching iron with a few small areas of flaking and some areas beginning to frost. The wood shows a few minor dents and handling marks and the buttplate is excellent. The revolver holster is good with some flex cracking and some normal usage wear. The stock case is also good with some moderate wear around the securing hole, some age cracking and minor scuffs. A rare, very fine complete Australian rig.

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Exceptionally Rare 1 of 30 Australian Colonial Police Contract Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Single Action Revolver with Original Holster and Factory Letter

Lot 1440: Exceptionally Rare 1 of 30 Australian Colonial Police Contract Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Single Action Revolver with Original Holster and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 8500 This is one of 30 New Model 3 Revolvers manufactured with a 6 1/2 inch barrel ordered by the Australian government, circa 1881. The included factory letter confirms the 6 1/2 inch barrel length, nickel finish and checkered hard rubber grips. The revolver was shipped on December 14, 1881 to M.W. Robinson, New York City, Smith & Wesson's largest distributor. The letter goes on to state that shipment was ordered through Mr. Robinson for the Australian government and was part of shipment containing 250 revolvers with 7 inch barrels and 30 revolvers, such as this one, with 6 1/2 inch barrels. The revolvers were delivered to Winchester Arms. Co. to be put with other guns for shipment to Australia. The more common yet still scarce "Australian" contract guns were shipped with 7 inch barel, stock and holster and were shipped in two parts, the first shipment contained 250 revolvers so it would be safe to assure that all 30 Colonial Police guns went in the first shipment. The top of the barrel rib has the two line address/patent dates marking with matching serial number on the butt, cylinder, latch and barrel. The revolver is equipped with pinned blade front and notch rear sights with casehardened hammer and trigger guard. Fitted with checkered S&W monogram grips. Accompanied by its original brown leather flap holster which is stamped with a broad arrow on the inside of the flap. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 6512 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 60% original nickel finish with the balance a smooth brown and gray patina. The trigger guard and hammer retain traces of original case colors. There are a few areas of minor pitting. The grips are excellent with limited minor handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The holster is good with some age flexing. A piece of black leather has been added to the back and shows overall age cracking. The stitching is tight.

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Excellent Smith & Wesson .38 Single Action Second Model Revolver with Very Rare 8 Inch Barrel and Factory Letter

Lot 1441: Excellent Smith & Wesson .38 Single Action Second Model Revolver with Very Rare 8 Inch Barrel and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $3500 - 5500 This an excellent example of a Second Model Smith & Wesson Number Two revolver with a very rare 8 inch barrel. Manufactured circa 1877 to 1891. 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 and barrel latch. Pinned blade front sight and notch rear sight. Nickel finish with casehardened hammer and niter blue trigger, and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with "S&W" at the top and the patent date on the lower left. The accompanying factory letter verifies that this "Special Barrel Length" revolver was shipped to M.W. Robinson, Smith & Wesson's largest distributor in New York on December 18, 1886 and that it was shipped with an 8 inch barrel, nickel finish, black hard rubber grips, and that the shipment was of two revolvers in the same configuration. BBL: 8 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 CF Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 100414 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% original nickel finish with only minor flaking on the frame. The hammer retains 70% original case colors.The grips are also excellent with a few minor handling marks and crisp checkering. The barrel marking is sharp. Mechanically excellent. A very nice Smith & wesson 38 Single Action Second Model with very rare 8 inch barrel.

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Cased Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 32 Centerfire Single Action Revolver with Rare Red Mottled Grips

Lot 1442: Cased Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 32 Centerfire Single Action Revolver with Rare Red Mottled Grips

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Description: Estimate: $2000 - 3000 Manufactured from 1878 to 1892. The barrel rib has the standard two line address/patent dates marking. Matching serial number on the butt and cylinder with mismatched barrel and un-numbered latch. Pinned nickel blade front sight and notch rear sight on the latch. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger. The rare red mottled bird head grips are checkered and feature the S&W monogram at the top. The factory wooden case has a S&W directions label on the inside of the lid. BBL: 3 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 S&W Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 88335 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 90% original blue finish beginning to thin along exposed edges. The hammer retains vivid and bright case colors. The grips are excellent with crisp checkering and a very attractive color scheme. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with some minor handling marks, some wear on the lining and most of the paper label remaining.

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Scarce Smith & Wesson 38 Safety Hammerless 5th Model Double Action Revolver with Ultra Rare 1 1/2

Lot 1443: Scarce Smith & Wesson 38 Safety Hammerless 5th Model Double Action Revolver with Ultra Rare 1 1/2 "Bicycle" Length Barrel and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $1500 - 2250 Manufactured circa 1807 to 1940 with this example fitted with the rare 1 1/2 inch barrel. The included factory letter confirms the barrel length, finish and grips. The revolver was shipped on September 8, 1938 to Foster-Thronberg, Huntington, West Virginia. Matching serial number on butt, cylinder, barrel and latch. The barrel has the caliber marking on the right side and "SMITH & WESSON" marked on the left side, with the right side marked with the S&W trademark and "MADE IN U.S.A." Fitted with checkered S&W monogram grips. BBL: 1 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 260961 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% original nickel finish with the balance as smooth gray patina with some light flaking. The grips are very fine with some chipping around the screw (right panel) and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically fine.

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Outstanding Smith & Wesson Perfected Model 38 Double Action Top Break Revolver

Lot 1444: Outstanding Smith & Wesson Perfected Model 38 Double Action Top Break Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $1000 - 1800 Manufactured from 1909 to 1920, this is a unique top break with both a barrel latch and a side thumb release on the left side of the frame. It is also the only Smith & Wesson top break revolver to have the trigger guard integral to the frame rather than a separate piece. Two line address/patent dates on top of the barrel rib flanked by Maltese crosses, "38 S.&W. CTG" flanked by Maltese crosses on the left side and the S&W logo on the right side plate. Integral blade front and notch rear sights. Casehardened trigger and hammer and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with S&W logo at the top. All numbers match. BBL: 6 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 42426 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% original blue finish with only the slightest collector type handling marks. The hammer and trigger retain most of the vivid original case colors. The grips are also excellent with crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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Scarce Factory Documented Smith & Wesson Second Model 32 Safety Hammerless 2 Inch

Lot 1445: Scarce Factory Documented Smith & Wesson Second Model 32 Safety Hammerless 2 Inch "Bicycle" Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $700 - 1000 According to the included factory letter this revolver was shipped 25 March 1903 to Hibbard, Spencer & Bartlett of Chicago, Illinois with the letter verifying the features, including the 2 inch barrel. Blade and notch sights with the left side of the barrel marked "32 S.&W. CTG" flanked by Maltese crosses and the right side is marked with the two line address/patent dates flanked by Maltese crosses. Matching numbers are present on the latch, cylinder and butt. Equipped with a casehardened trigger, checkered grip safety and two piece checkered grips with "S&W" monogram imprints. BBL: 2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 32 S&W Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 120182 Condition: Very good with 70% of the original blue finish, showing areas of brown patina, bright edge wear and scattered spotting and handling marks. Bright case colors are present on the trigger particularly on the sides. Grips are excellent with a few minor pressure dents. Mechanically excellent.

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Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian Model Revolver with Ivory Grips

Lot 1446: Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian Model Revolver with Ivory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $1400 - 2250 The top of the barrel rib is stamped with the address and patent dates ending with "REISSUE JULY 25, 1871". The butt is stamped "1874" above the serial number with a butt swivel. The serial number is also stamped on the cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. Front sight has been modified with the blade being a replacement. Fitted with smooth ivory grips. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: nickel Grips: ivory Serial Number: 6718 Condition: Very good. The revolver retains strong traces of original nickel finish in and around the protected areas with the balance a mottled gray patina with some scattered mild pitting. The slightly shrunken grips are very fine with some minor handling marks and a couple small stress cracks near the screw. The ivory has an attractive grain pattern and color. Mechanically fine.

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Engraved Smith & Wesson Third Model Single Shot Pistol with Desirable Olympic Barrel

Lot 1447: Engraved Smith & Wesson Third Model Single Shot Pistol with Desirable Olympic Barrel

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Description: Estimate: $1000 - 1800 Manufactured from 1909 to 1923, this model is also known as Perfected Target Pistol. The rib is marked with the standard two line Springfield address/patent dates (1901 and 1909) marking and the caliber marking on the right side. "SMITH & WESSON" is marked on left side of barrel and "MADE IN USA" on the left side of frame followed by the Smith and Wesson trademark. Light scroll and punch dot engraving on part of the barrel and a majority of the frame. Has Olympic barrel which engages the bullet nose into the grooves and lands and consequently requires the cartridge to be pushed in the last 1/8". Has a blade front sight and adjustable notch rear sight built into the barrel latch. Blue with casehardened hammer and trigger. Checkered walnut grips with S & W monograms BBL: 10 inich rib Stock: Gauge: 22 LR Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 11132 Condition: Fine as professinally period embellished. There is a small bright area on the middle to breech side of the barrel as well as some finish loss near the muzzle. The grips are excellent with a minor chip near the front grip strap and small dent on bottom left grip, checkering is crisp. Markings and engraving are crisp. Mechanically excellent.

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Ludwig & Lowe Copy of a Smith & Wesson Russian Model Single Action Revolver

Lot 1448: Ludwig & Lowe Copy of a Smith & Wesson Russian Model Single Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $1200 - 2250 The top of the rib has a scarce one line Ludwig & Lowe Cyrillic marking followed by "No 104261" next to an Imperial Russian two head eagle proof. The cylinder is also numbered to the gun. Left frame side is marked "o6p/1874" (manufacture date). Fitted with smooth grips and a lanyard ring on the butt. BBL: 6 1/2 inch solid rib Stock: Gauge: 44 Russian Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 104261 Condition: Good. The revolver retains traces of original blue finish in the protected areas with the balance a mottled gray patina with some minor pitting. The grips are very fine with a couple shallow dents and a few minor handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army Civil War Range Revolver

Lot 1449: Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army Civil War Range Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $950 - 1400 Manufactured from 1861 to 1874. These Number 2 Army revolvers were favorite side arms of both officers and enlisted men throughout the Civil War as it could fire the self contained metallic cartridge . It is marked with the one line address on top of the barrel rib and patent dates around the cylinder. Blade front and notch rear sights, blue finish with casehardened hammer, trigger and ejection rod. Fitted with smooth two piece varnished rosewood grips. Matching serial number on butt and inside of the right grip panel. BBL: 6 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 32 RF Finish: blued Grips: rosewood Serial Number: 13695 Condition: Good to very good with 75% original blue finish remaining overall. The barrel shows a thinning blue finish with a mixed brown patina on exposed areas and on the high edge. The frame and cylinder retain 85% strong original blue exhibiting honest wear from use. The hammer and ejector pin show faint but distinct traces of original blue case colors. The grips are very good plus with minor scratches and handling marks and some minor varnish loss on the bottom right grip. Mechanically excellent. A nice example of a mid-War gun.

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