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This S&W American, Serial No. 3051X, is spectacular in appearance ! It has "THE" shipping location, Wexell & DeGress, Mexico City, and the physical revolver shows all this to be true, including the caliber. It has about 35-45% of the original nickel plate finish , and the balance is a soft gray patina, giving it an excellent appearance. The engraving remains very strong, showing minimal wear, it is distinct ! The screw heads are all crisp, and all applied factory markings are present: barrel address etc.. This S&W 2nd American has 100% perfect mechanical functions on ALL phases of working operations. The grips are spectacular, Snake & Eagle raised relief carved grips, in an untouched natural condition showing the 140 years of age, in their color and appearance.

The grip area is further enhanced by the addition of a Silver Butt Cap, and Silver Lanyard Ring. This is a "REAL"  flashy "south of the border" revolver, where .44 Henry Rim Fire lingered on forever, and was the popular cartridge.

This revolver embodies all the bells and whistles of greatness ! Engraved, Deluxe Ivory, Butt Cap, Shipping Address, and conjured up visions of a glamorous life, carried by a real "fancier" of deluxe and functional arms, in the old tradition of .44 Rim Fire.  PRICE $10,750






This Model showed the intent of S&W to be part of the American scheme of things on the Frontier. This Double Action Model was originally introduced a few years earlier, but in .44 Russian caliber, which had been the bread and butter caliber of S&W. D. B. Wesson began to conceive the idea of what Colt had already discovered, a companion piece to the Winchester in 44/40, one cartridge, two weapons ! The frame was lengthened, and the cylinder lengthened to 1-9/16 inch, versus the old length of 1-7/16 of an inch. Thus, the Double Action Frontier Model was born, and marketed. It was relatively popular, and a much more "hefty" sturdy revolver as compared to competition. A six shot, firing the 44/40 cartridge. Even so, it was a relatively limited production of only about 15,000 in their own serial range. This DA Frontier, Serial No. 630X would have been manufactured approximately in 1883. It has 99.999% of all the original factory nickel plating, and 90% of all the fire blue is present on the trigger guard and top strap latch. The case coloring on the hammer and trigger is present, and distinctly bright and visible.

The mechanical action is perfect, both on single action and double action firing modes. The break open and eject and load mode is also perfect in every aspect. ALL factory applied markings, barrel address etc.. are clear and distinctly present. This specimen has the factory six inch barrel, and checkered hard rubber grips with S&W monogram. This Double Action Frontier has been off the market for about 25 years in a private Museum Collection, and only recently available to the collecting fraternity. An excellent addition to any large frame collection, and S&W's finest DA revolver of the Frontier Period. PRICE $3,950 SALES HOLD


It was once said, " Colt Arms America, S&W Arms the world" This ensemble has a very interesting factory letter, and markings on the holster. This S&W New Model No.3, Serial No. 2331X, has the 6.5 inch barrel, and is nickel plated. Approximately 35% of the nickel finish is present, the balance is a soft light gray patina, giving the revolver a homogeneous appearance. It is chambered for the .44 Russian cartridge, and has Walnut stocks. The original hard rubber S&W butt plate is present and in perfect condition. ALL factory applied markings are present and perfectly clear, such as barrel address, and serial numbers. The stock is original to the revolver, but is Serial No. 1282X, this is a quite common occurrence. When these No.3's returned to the U.S., seldom to never did they come as matched sets !! This Stocked No.3 without any doubt went to Australia, as many did. HOWEVER, due to markings NOT present, such as the broad arrow, and the PRESENCE of other markings, it probably went to New South Wales. As in 1881 new South Wales ordered the Double Action Model of 1881 in .44R with stocks, this is confirmed. Mechanically this No. 3 operates PERFECTLY on all phases of the working action.  The letter details the No.3 as you see it, and gives the name of an unusual ship destination in NY, an exporter, which makes perfect sense. Large framed stocked revolvers are scarce, and seldom encountered, especially with original accoutrements. An excellent addition to any collection!  PRICE $5,950

It is incredibly rare that the holsters for the revolver and the stock are to be found with the pistol and stock, the ultimate accoutrement.




This "outfit" was found in the Dakota's, with this shoulder holster, and was carried and used in the "high plains" of the American West. Undoubtedly being a shoulder rig, probably a Lawman, Gambler or Merchants, preferring to keep the firepower hidden.  Serial No. 1048X, about the 1881 production period, has the five inch barrel and is nickel plated. currently it has about 45% of the original nickel present, the balance is a soft gray natural patina. The engraving shows "carry" wear, but is still there in it's entirety and can be easily seen. All factory applied markings, address etc.. are present and clear. All serial numbers match. It has it's original Ivory grips , making a truly charismatic western appearance. Mechanically, it is 100% perfect in all operating modes.

It is still with it's holster which is a pretty good location maker ! Al Furstnow, Miles City, Montana. Whomever carried this outfit was familiar with the High Plains area of the west.

This S&W Factory/New York Engraved .44 DA Russian of 1881 represents  the image of the real west. It was carried, and when purchased was a significant amount of money, as it was engraved. It was appreciated and carried , probably on a daily basis. We know it was a high plains western S&W, but who exactly carried it we will, not know, but can make a solid guess? Lawman, Gambler, Stock Detective, or Merchant.  PRICE $ 2,550 SALES HOLD



SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL AMERICAN .44, .........1873...Cut for Stock..

In 1870 S&W introduced the FIRST practical Metallic Cartridge Revolver, and it was an immediate success. Quickly, small design changes were implemented, and the 2nd Model was the result. It had a little more "metal" around the trigger pin, and a slotted hammer to insure a tighter lock of the top strap. Otherwise, same as the 1st Model. The American chambered the .44 American cartridge, and had an 8 inch barrel. It found immediate acceptance due to its quick ability to load and unload cartridges, and time was IMPORTANT ! This 2nd Model, Serial No. 1413X, is a totally correct example. It has all the factory applied markings, barrel address etc...and ALL parts are original to the revolver, and are matching in serial   (assembly) numbers. The working actions are 100% perfect in all phases and functions. The Walnut grips are smooth, show minimal hand use, and have a fine antique luster and patina. Many famous celebrities of the Old West used this Model, such as : Wyatt Earp  (he actually carried a 2nd Model American engraved to the OK Corral fight), Texas Jack Omohundro, Buffalo Bill, Cole Younger, Belle Starr, Dallas Stoudenmire, just to mention a few ! It was a stout reliable revolver, and "FAST" to operate and fire. This one has a unique feature, the back strap is cut for a detachable shoulder stock. The stock used in this case was a " Key Hole" stock. The attaching end was cut like a key, inserted into the opening, side ways, then turned to lock it into position.

Unfortunately, the stock and American have become separated over the last 140 years. An excellent choice for a collection, a BIG S&W Frontier revolver, and THE FIRST on the Frontier !!  PRICE $4,500

This 2nd American has about 90%+ of all the original nickel plating, with the majority of the loss at the cylinder face, and breech end of the barrel. This makes perfect sense because, this is where the firing blast exits, plus the end of the barrel. Black powder was corrosive. The balance of the American is superb, with all the nickel plate present. There were really, despite their success, not that many made, ONLY 29,000 total between both Models. So, a high condition American is a scarce commodity.


S&W had been enjoying quite a bit of success for the 1870's with their line of large frame frontier revolvers. Several models of the Americans , and Russian revolvers . In 1881 they felt it high time to join t he double action trend, and they introduced their 1st Model DA in .44 Russian. Quickly to follow, due to the extreme popularity of the 44/40 cartridge was the "Double Action Frontier" in 44/40. They only made a little over 15,000 of them, and had hoped for the pistol /rifle combination business. This DA Frontier, Serial No. 807X was shipped in 1892, to a large Missouri dealer. Quite unusual as most went to two dealers in NY. This DA Frontier has a very pleasing finish. It has about 50% of the original blue, distributed in protected areas, and in the flutes. However, it has a much stronger visual appearance. The trigger and hammer retain a large portion of their case hardening colors.

The grips are very fresh in appearance, and have all their color and checkering. MECHANICALLY: the DA Frontier works PERFECTLY on either single action mode, OR on double action mode, plus opening, ejecting, and closing properly. ALL company applied markings are clear and present. ALL parts are original to the revolver, as is the revolver ALL original. Despite the 15,000 manufactured, not many are seen today, especially in this higher level of condition. PRICE $ 2,450 Sold/ Reserved

Many western notables used this Model. Belle Starr, and John Wesley Hardin to mention a few, plus other Lawmen seeking " an edge".



The Model No. 3 , a.k.a. The American .44 Model, really put S&W into the game ! Prior to 1870, the company's only "big frame" revolver was the less than big frame Army No. 2 in .32 rim fire. However in 1870 they geared up and introduced the top break, .44 Models, the American Model in .44 AM, and the Old Old Russian Model in .44R, physically the same except for caliber. QUICKLY followed by the 2nd Model, which made a slight change in the frame, to accommodate the stronger trigger hold pin. This 2nd American, Serial No. 2175X, is in remarkable condition. It has about 95% of all the original nickel plated finish. What is IMPORTANT, it has never been touched ! no cleaning, polishing etc... it has that natural 141 year old luster. ALL assembly numbers are matching, all serial numbers match, and ALL parts are original. Mechanically it operates PERFECTLY, breaking open, closing, cocking, locking and firing , every time ! ALL factory applied markings are present and visible.

This Model 2 American was very popular on t he frontier, used by the likes of: Wyatt Earp, "Texas Jack" Omohundro, Dallas Stoudenmire, John Wesley Hardin, Cole Younger, Belle Starr, and so on and so forth....  PRICE $ 4,350

The Walnut Grips are in perfect condition, with a fine antique luster, and are numbers to the revolver.


Smith & Wesson, "Old Model" Number 2, Army, .32 Rim Fire, a.k.a. No.2 Army ..SILVER PLATED

This was a big seller for the firm from 1861 - 1874, but by 1874 it was "outdated" even by company standards. However, the six inch barrel model was quite popular among the military involved in the Civil War from 1861 -1865. A footnote: George Armstrong Custer has a double casing, silver plated of this Model, he kept until his demise in 1876. In fact, though this IS NOT a Custer arm, it is Silver Plated, fully. Serial No. 528X is fully factory plated from the Factory.  It has the six inch barrel, and highly varnished Rosewood grips. Overall condition is 100%, only areas have began to tarnish as silver does, but it has 100% coverage. The grips are spectacular, and have all their original varnish, even over top the escutcheon.  ALL factory applied markings are present, even the cylinder patent line.

Mechanically, it is in PERFECT working condition, everything. A very unusual No.2 Army from S&W, and 1861. PRICE $2,500 SALES HOLD




2nd Model S&W Schofield .45, Serial No. 691X has had two exciting lives. First as a U.S. Cavalry pistol from about 1875 - 1890, then purchased as surplus, re-furbished by NY dealers H&G, and sold to Wells, Fargo to guard their valuable  inventories. This Schofield was in constant service until as late as 1918. Currently it has only about 25% of the re-furbished nickel plate finish, the balance is a soft gray patina. ALL markings are present, factory, military, and Well, Fargo. It still has 100% mechanical correctness ! The Walnut grips have seen much use, and show some shrinking, but show no damage.


A unique piece of history in the old west, and considering the daily usage level, a more than acceptable specimen. PRICE $4,300


This Model may well be the most significant model in the history of S&W. Prior to 1870, all S&W's were "tip- up" revolvers, and the biggest caliber was .32 rim fire ! This 1st American took the company light years into the future. It was a top break, and in a sizeable caliber .44, with a fabulous loading and ejection system. So remarkable was this revolver, the U.S. Government gave S&W the first cartridge revolver contract ever, for use by the Cavalry. They ordered 1,000 revolvers, S&W went on to make 8,000 more. They were sold to the commercial market. Among one of the most famous buyers was " Buffalo Bill " Cody. This 1st Model, Serial No.3568 has a antique patina finish. It is some blue blending with plum patina, with some areas more blue than others. All natural and untouched original antique finish. ALL factory applied markings are visible and present. ALL assembly numbers are matching, and all serial numbers are present. The original smooth Walnut grips have been checkered into an unique pattern, during the time of the American. Mechanically it operates perfectly, on breaking open, closing, cocking, indexing, and locking tight.  A great action for a 144 year old revolver.

If you like Americans, this is an early specimen that saw use ! but still has dignity, and value. PRICE $ 2,750


Smith & Wesson, 2nd Model American .44, Nickel and Original Ivory grips. "FACTORY      LETTER"   1874

The American Model from Smith & Wesson was one of their best success stories, although they only made a total of about 29,000 revolvers ( between 1st and 2nd Models). They first appeared in 1870, and were immediately admired and purchased by the westerners, of both fame and everyday life. In 1872 they made some slight mechanical improvements and the 2nd Model was introduced. This 2nd Model , Serial No. 2801X was shipped in 1874, and comes with a Factory Letter detailing all the specifics. The revolver matches the info precisely, including the addition of Ivory grips. All factory applied markings are present and distinctly visible.This 2nd American has about 75% of the original bright factory nickel, and the balance is a homogeneous blending light metal, with no contrast points. There are some sporadic darker gray spots on the surface. There is even significant case color hardening still present on the hammer. The Ivory grips are a wonderful 140 year old patina ! Mechanically, it operates correctly on all phases: breaking open, closing, loading cocking and firing. The 2nd American Model was known to have been carried by Cole Younger, Belle Starr, and even Wyatt Earp. Technology was not lost on the savvy shooters of the old west.

PRICE $4,250


In 1878 S&W introduced the New Model No.3 to compete with the many single action frontier revolvers on the market. It came in many calibers, but the bulk of production was the .44 Russian cartridge. This one, Serial No. 670X is in nickel finish, with Ivory grips of the same age 1882. This factory letters as you see it, 6-1/2 inch barrel, nickel, butt swivel, grips were added by Wexel & DeGress.

ALL factory applied markings are distinct and clear. ALL parts are original, and it is 100% mechanically perfect. It has about 90% of all the original nickel plate finish, with the loss being the left hand side of the barrel, holster wear ! This No.3 shipped to Mexico City, Mexico in 1882, as they were very popular south of the border, for the ease of loading and their accuracy. This quality wasn't lost in the U.S., Virgil Earp carried one most of his career, including the fight at the "OK" Corral. PRICE $ 3,850




            1870 - 1872

To give you an idea of how scarce this revolver is, I would like to quote, Flaydermans Guide to Antique American Firearms, 9th edition, page 233,

"standard 8 inch rounded barrel, and a FEW 6 inch length."

We all know only 32 1st Model Americans were made on special order for the Nashville Police Department in 1871 with 6 inch barrels. MAYBE, thinking there was a  market, they made 50 or 100 with six inch barrels, creating an extra 18 or 68 revolvers to be sold commercially. This would certainly be correct using the word FEW to describe the rarity of a 6 inch 1st American. Serial No. 438X is one of these American revolvers. Currently it has about 80-85% of the original factory nickel finish, and is fitted with Ivory grips. These grips are numbered, and appear to be original to the American.

Mechanically the revolver operates perfectly. It has a very crisp cocking and release action, and the cylinder rotates, aligns with the barrel, locks tight, each and every time the American is cocked. It breaks open perfectly and the star ejector rod raises and drops back into the cylinder correctly. Considering the scarcity of this American, and when comparing it to its peers, it is a super fine example, and maybe decades before another one is available. The Ivory grips are in a magnificent patina, a "mustard patina" color that only 140 years of age can produce. In looking at the face of the recoil shield it is apparent it was used, but on a very limited basis. ALL factory applied markings: barrel address, serial numbers etc.. are clear and present. ALL parts are original to this revolver, and ALL are matching. The knurling on the hammer face is crisp and present, and some case colors are still visible. A six inch 1st American is a once in a collecting lifetime discovery, and in this overall condition and with Ivory grips, is a fine addition to any Frontier collection, or S&W collection.

PRICE $5,250

This six inch American .44 has a marvelous appearance, and shows it received excellent care an respect over 143 years.




Smith & Wesson introduced their first large frame .44 caliber frontier revolver a full three years before competition from Colt. It was an immediate success, and the 2nd Model which had some design improvements, quickly followed the 1st Model. During the first half of the 1870's the American revolver WAS the choice of frontiersmen ! Quick to load and unload, excellent grip profile and easy point of sighting target, making it very favorable among "shootists". Like Cole Younger, Wyatt Earp, Dallas Stoudenmire, Belle Starr, John Wesley Hardin and so on, and so forth. This 2nd American, Serial No. 2282X, has the 8 inch barrel, and still has about 75%+ of the original nickel plate finish. The balance is a soft light gray patina. It is highlighted with original Ivory grips ! ALL mechanical functions operate PERFECTLY through all phases. This is without doubt a frontier used revolver, and has a fine frontier appearance.

PRICE $3,350


Price $ 50

**Interesting to note, on the reverse side, are the Newspaper Clippings regarding the Court Martial of a Cavalry Officer, and his "physical confrontation" with another Officer.

MAY 9 , 2015


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