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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 SALES HOLD

 

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

 

 

1st MODEL, DOUBLE ACTION, .44 Russian, 1881

SCARCE 4 INCH BARREL & BLUE FINISH !

Serial No. 2681X has it all ! It has 99.999% of all the original factory blue finish, which by the way was the least  produced factory finish in this model. ALL the case hardening colors are present and vivid on the trigger and hammer. The checkered and monogrammed hard rubber grips are in perfect condition and very sharp and defined. The mechanical actions both on single action and double action , operate 100% correctly in all phases of operation. In addition, it has the scarcest barrel length of 4 inches. All factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, serial number etc.. ALL parts are original to this revolver. This model was extremely popular when introduced, and many "celebrities" of the era carried and used them. One such was John Wesley Hardin of Texas, in fact when he fell dead on the Saloon floor, one was in his pocket.

This was a very durable and reliable Double Action revolver from S&W, and still had the "heft" preferred by enthusiasts.

PRICE $ 4,600 SALES HOLD

1st MODEL S&W, DOUBLE ACTION .44 RUSSIAN , with VERY RARE "ORANGE MOTTLED" GRIPS

It seems that S&W had an eye for beauty when they created these fabulous grips. They can only be found on the very earliest production models, as they became too costly to use on a regular basis. This is a 1st year DA .44, Serial No. 154X, with the 5 inch barrel. It has about 98% of all the original factory bright blue, which was the finish less encountered, nickel being the dominant finish. Mechanically this S&W operates 100% correctly, on all phases of operation, firing both on single action and double action modes. All factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, serial numbers, etc.. ALL parts are original to the revolver. There is about 75 - 80% of the case hardening colors left on the hammer and trigger. The grips are PERFECT and fabulous, and rare. If you are looking to add color and condition to your collection, this is an excellent choice.

PRICE $4,350 SALES HOLD

"THE AUSTRALIAN CONTRACT", NEW MODEL No.3, .44R / FACTORY STOCK

S&W could claim they sold the world, while most U.S. manufacturers were domestically oriented. This S&W New Model No.3 was purchased by Australia, the New South Wales Police, to enforce law and order on the wild outback. They bought the revolver, as well as the Factory Stock. This S&W outfit is particularly interesting as the barrel length is SEVEN inches, a scarce factory variation. PLUS , and never found today, the Stock and Revolver are MATCHING Serial Numbers !! Serial No. 1302X is a matched set, this is a real bonus !! In addition, the outfit comes with the ORIGINAL holster for the revolver, and for the detachable stock !!

The stock is in 99.99% original condition with a fine luster on the wood, and a perfect crisp hard rubber S&W butt plate. About 99.99% of all the nickel plating remains on the connecting arm. The revolver shows only normal use, with about 85% of the original nickel plate present, the balance is a soft light gray ( no darkening) metal blending very well to create an excellent appearance for the revolver. There is still abundant amounts of case coloring on the hammer and trigger guard Mechanically, the No.3 operates PERFECTLY in each and every phase of operation, including the attaching turn screw for the stock. This is really an incredible offering considering EVERYTHING is present, both holsters, stock, revolver, and ALL matching. The history is also significant, shipped to Australia, policing the New South Wales territory and the wild outback, similar to our Wild West in the U.S. in the 1880's. A seldom encountered S&W Factory variation and shipment, a prize for any collection.

PRICE $ 7,650 SALES HOLD

 

Perfectly crisp and well defined hard rubber monogram grips.

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.

SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL, .38 SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM , NEW YORK CASED......MONOGRAMMED FOR PRESENTATION..

This is a 2nd Model .38 Single action revolver, which was the next step in design evolution from the Baby Russian. Manufactured from 1877 until 1891. This specimen has the 3-1/4 inch barrel, and is nickel plated. However, Serial No. 1328X, received SPECIAL treatment. The side plate was engraved in Old English style, with initials, and then cased for presentation.

Please Note: Initials, early style block letter grips, and 99% of case colors on hammer.

This is a Moroccan Leather, Hartley & Graham presentation case, with inside Silk Lining, and Ribbon sash in the lid. Quite a deluxe appearance. The S&W itself, is a 99.99% nickel condition revolver, with perfect block letter S&W grips. The case has some damage from over a 133 year old life span, but overall, is in fine condition. The mechanics of the revolver operate perfectly, in all phases of operation. ALL factory applied markings are clear and distinct. ALL Hartley & Graham cased revolvers are highly sought after, even the cases are extremely collectable. here we have a 99.99% S&W revolver, and a Hartley & Graham casing. PRICE $ 2,000 SALE $1,600

 

 

Picture Lid cartridge Box, matching the revolver, and in Blue !

APRIL 26 , 2014

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