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SMITH & WESSON, MODEL No.1, 2nd ISSUE, "TIP -UP" CALIBER .22 SHORT

FACTORY LETTER, 1861

The firm of S&W had been deeply involved in the manufacturing of firearms, as with the Volcanic, and other spin offs, developed by other manufacturers later on. The "Tip- Up" .22 was the first ! true cartridge offering manufactured by the firm. This Model was manufactured from 1860 - 1868, in a quantity of about 117,000. This No.1 ,2nd Issue, Serial No. 1713X has the 3-3/16 inch barrel, and is a very SCARCE factory two tone finish ! It has a blued cylinder and barrel, with a silver plated frame. It has about 99.99% of all the bright blue on the barrel, and cylinder. The frame has about 95% of all the original silver plate. As in a natural UNTOUCHED state, as it is nearly black, as silver will tarnish to that color. Therefore, an original untouched condition. All factory applied markings are vividly CLEAR, barrel address, Serial number, and the TWO patent dates of 1855 and 1859 on the cylinder. Today this may seem an insignificant revolver, but in 1861 it was a serious player, a major advance over percussion, and a serious shooter. It was the founding building blocks of S&W , still with us today. Mechanically, it operates PERFECTLY on all phases of cocking and firing. Case colors are vividly present on the hammer. The Rosewood grips have all their factory varnish. It would be seriously difficult to improve on the condition of this revolver.

PRICE $ 1,950 SALES HOLD

 

 

 

 

 

OKLAHOMA TERRITORY !

 

SMITH & WESSON, 1ST MODEL DA .44R, ENGRAVED/PEARL, with ORIGINAL "RIG" OKLAHOMA TERRITORY MAKER MARKED !

This is a real Oklahoma Territory "outfit". This Double Action .44 Russian S&W revolver is from 1st year production in 1881.It is probably factory engraved, or looking at the unique styles of combined engraving ,the work of Otto Bodenstein, Master Engraver. It combines the NY style, along with some Punch Dot, both of which were used by Bodenstein when doing Merwins for H&A. He also ran his own studio, so this is probably a piece of his work.

This DA .44R, Serial No. 182X, has about 25-30% of the original nickel plate finish, the balance is a soft light gray, with traces of some darkening patina. There is even a strong presence of case colors on the hammer and trigger. This finish level gives the appearance a pleasant look. The pearl grips are wonderful with just the beginning of soft yellow iridescence, and no damage.

 Mechanically this DA is in PERFECT condition, on both DA and SA modes. The breaking open and loading, as well as cocking, indexing, and locking tight, and a perfect release to fire.

Undoubtedly this S&W was shipped to M.W. Robinson, maybe H&G NY, was then resold and shipped to the dealer network they supplied. Finding its way to Oklahoma Territory, and being matched to a holster made for it, by R.M. Woodward. Everyone knows how scarce Territorial documented pieces are, so here we have it all !! Engraved, and Maker marked, Oklahoma Territory. This is a "real deal" western outfit !! PRICE $6,500

CLEARLY FOUND ON THE HOLSTER   IS THE MAKER MARKING:

         R. M. WOODWARD,

               MAKER,

          WOODWARD, O. T.

The Belt is not marked, but clearly matches the holster in color and condition, and shows matching wear.

 

1st MODEL, SMITH & WESSON, SCHOFIELD .45, "U.S." ARMY REVOLVER with WELLS, FARGO, & Co. CONNECTION....

Serial No. 98X is the scarcer of the two Models of Schofield's produced and sold to the Government during the Indian War era. In 1875 only 3,035 were manufactured. This has the barrel release catch mounted on the frame, rather than the top of the barrel. It is chambered for the .45 Schofield round. Which later proved to be a problem for the Cavalry carrying two different .45 rounds, Colt & Schofield. Eventually, this was a contributor for the Schofield being deleted from Government/ Cavalry service. This Schofield is mechanically PERFECT !, it breaks open correctly, closes, cocks, locks, indexes, locks tight, and releases to fire. Somewhere in time this Schofield found its way into Wells, Fargo & Co. service. This happened BEFORE the 1890's when they were bought by Central Purchasing after being refurbished and sold by Bannerman and H&G, NY. This is a pre 1890's regional Superintendent Purchase, or maybe ? an employee who was in the Cavalry. As it is stamped on the butt with a property room number, and the company name. This is how it was done BEFORE corporate purchasing. Individual company markings, and issue numbers for record keeping.

The overall finish of the Schofield is about 5% - 10% blue, with a plum patina. Surprisingly though all the case colors remain on the hammer. Despite some damage, the smooth Walnut grips have a fine appearance. A true and unique revolver, the U.S. Cavalry, and Wells , Fargo, a real veteran of the west ! PRICE $6,550

This Schofield butt tells the whole story ! Beaten and Battered, and so were many express company revolvers, used  as a hammer for nails, boards in crates etc.. etc.. It is marked, and original to the era , 3110 and W.F. & Co. . It was a tool as well as a protector ! The left and right grips pictured to the left, show some collateral damage from the handle being used for other purposed, crates, nails etc...etc... ALL of this only serves to authenticate this as a true Wells, Fargo & Co. Express revolver.

 

 

SCARCER TO FIND. THAN THE PISTOL THAT FIRED THEM !!

FRANKFORD ARSENAL CARTRIDGE BOX, FULL (20) FOR THE "U.S." S&W AMERICAN .44 OF 1871

In 1870 the government ordered 1,000 Smith & Wesson, .44 American revolvers for issue to the Cavalry. They were the FIRST cartridge revolver ordered by the U.S. Government for cavalry issue. You can only imagine, with only 1,000 in Service for a little more than 4 years, not much ammunition was produced and packaged. Here is a full and complete box, scarce hardly begins to describe this box. If you are a Martial collector, or a S&W collector, and have a "U.S." S&W American .44 in your collection, this is the ultimate accompanying display item.

**Box is plastic wrapped to protect the box and its contents.

PRICE $ 1,250 SOLD

1st Model S&W U.S. Schofield .45..WELLS , FARGO & Co. EXPRESS

 The saga of the Schofield revolver is a story of the American west, the Cavalry and "Expressing" across the great expanse of America. Originally issued in 1875 to the U.S. Cavalry ( 1st Model, followed later by the 2nd Model) was a competitor to the Colt Single Action, and both were in service simultaneously. However, and there are many stories why, the Schofield's were pulled from service and sold as Government surplus. Two major dealers bought the Schofield's, Bannerman and Hartley & Graham. They viewed them as excellent revolvers suitable for Police Departments and Express companies as working revolvers. All had their barrels shortened to five inches, and were re-finished either blue or nickel plate. One of the main buyers from both dealers was Wells, Fargo & Co. They always had a need for guard guns on the stages and trains, plus their offices. Each company marked their refurbished revolver for Wells, Fargo in slightly different styles, BUT always the same PLACE, and ALWAYS with the serial number following the company marking. Hartley & Graham used a slanted Italic style marking, while Bannerman used the standard block letters. THERE WAS ONE RARE variation !! 99% of all the markings used "CO." in the marking, 1% used "CO'S", this is one of the Schofield's marked in this manner.

These Schofield's had two lives ! one with the Cavalry and Indian Wars, then years of daily service with Well, Fargo & Co. A testimony to the quality and durability of this Model. Today this 1st Schofield has a soft gray patina with remote traces of blue and case color, with smooth Walnut grips, numbered to the revolver. Mechanically the Schofield operates perfectly on all phases of operation, unloading loading cocking locking, indexing, firing etc..

Historically it simply doesn't get much better than this, an Indian Wars veteran going on to guard the rich shipments of Wells, Fargo. Sometimes it was the only line of defense between the road agent, and his demand "throw down the box", maybe just instead he threw down some lead from  this Schofield ?

PRICE $4,250 SOLD

 

This Schofield Serial No. 271X, still bears its original U.S. and Government Inspector markings, as well as the new Express Company markings.

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

SMITH & WESSON, 3rd MODEL RUSSIAN, .44R , COMMERCIAL MODEL , a.k.a.  "NEW MODEL RUSSIAN"...with ORIGINAL DELUXE HOLSTER /IVORY GRIPS

This Model represents the last design change in the Russian series of revolvers. Manufactured from 1874 - 1878, in a quantity of about 60,000. HOWEVER, only about 13,000 were sold on the commercial market here in the U.S. This is one of them, Serial No. 4497X, comes with a "deluxe" and it's original holster. The holster has deluxe loops, and a scalloped skirt. The overall condition of the No.3 Russian is excellent, with 98% of all the original factory bright nickel, and only minor gray spotting near the frame, grip junction. It is adorned with ORIGINAL Factory Ivory grips. All the mechanical actions of operation: breaking open, closing, cocking, locking, releasing to fire etc.. ALL operate PERFECTLY.

The Ivory grips are in perfect condition, and exhibit that wonderful 140 year old patina and color. There are traces of case color remaining on the hammer and trigger guard. All factory applied markings: barrel address etc.. are present and vividly clear. In it's day this was a "flashy" outfit with the holster and the Ivory grips and bright nickel, and IT STILL IS today ! This No.3 Russian is chambered for the .44 Russian cartridge which was extremely popular in many makes during the mid 19th century. Speaking of popular, this Model found favor with several individual of historical note. At one time the No.3 Russian Model was carried by Pat Garrett, Bill Tilghman when hunting Buffalo, and was dropped by Charlie Pitts a member of the James-Younger gang while committing the Northfield Bank raid of 1876. This is a classic S&W, and deserving of any large frame or frontier collection. The package is great, holster, which is exceptionally rare for a Model 3 and high condition No.3 Russian.  PRICE $ 5,600

 

 

NEW MODEL NO. 3 , .44R FACTORY LETTER...SHIPPED TO MEXICO  1882

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

SHOWN WITH IT'S ORIGINAL HOLSTER !

EXTREMELY RARE !!!

SMITH & WESSON, 1st MODEL AMERICAN .44 REVOLVER,WITH FACTORY SIX INCH BARREL !!

            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 $6,250

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

 

 

SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL, .44 AMERICAN REVOLVER, WITH ORIGINAL  IVORY GRIPS.

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

SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL .44 AMERICAN REVOLVER ....

The American revolvers in .44 Caliber were a gigantic leap forward for the firm of  S&W. Introduced in 1870, and the 2nd Model introduced in 1872, with minor improvements  made from the 1st Model. It was an immensely popular revolver, and was used by many of the "notable" characters of the Old West. This 2nd Model Serial No. 1700X, is a very clean well preserved specimen. It has about 10% of the original blue finish, scattered throughout in more protected areas, with the balance a soft gray patina. All factory applied markings are clear and sharp, and ALL assembly numbers are matching. ALL parts are original to the 2nd American. Mechanically it is perfect: breaks open, ejects, closes tight, cocks, indexes, locks, and fires correctly. The walnut grips have fine luster, and show minimal handling wear. This was an important model for the firm of S&W, it was their first .44 Model, and first break top, features which carried them to great heights through the end of the 19th century.

All factory applied markings are present and vividly clear. A very fine example of an 1873 S&W 2nd American .44 revolver.

PRICE $4,150

Blue finish appears on flat of frame in front of trigger guard, and butt of revolver.

1889 HARTLEY & GRAHAM ADVERTISEMENT, FEATURING THE S&W, NEW MODEL No.3 TARGET REVOLVER

Price $ 75

**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.

SEPTEMBER 25 , 2014

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