|FOREHAND & WADSWORTH "NEW MODEL" ARMY .44
1 OF @ 800 Manufactured / RARE !
In the mid 1870's the firm of Forehand & Wadsworth was well known, but as a quality manufacturer of small pocket size pistols. The firm made a decision to get in on the huge ! demand created by the westward expansion and enter the large frame revolver business. The "Old Model" Army was introduced first, as seen in the listing below. It even got an Army Ordnance Trial Test, so it had a certain degree of success. However, they felt a re-design was necessary if they really wanted to succeed, so in the mid 1870's a completely re-engineered and designed "New Model " Army .44 was on the scene. This is one of them, Serial No. 10X, and a fine one it is ! It has about 99%+ of all the factory nickel plating and case color on the hammer. The grips are in near mint condition and have all their varnish.
All Factory applied markings are present and clear : barrel legend, serial number etc... ALL parts are original to the New Model Army. The mechanical functions/working actions ALL function 100% correctly each and every time called upon.
What is truly amazing that only AFTER about 800 being produced, F&W suddenly and mysteriously ceased production and returned to Their previous pocket models. SO ! only 800 were made and this is ONE of them, making it a very collectable and scarce Frontier Revolver. IN THE PAST I HAVE HAD ANTIQUE CABINET CARDS SHOWING THIS MODEL WITH COWBOYS AND OTHER WESTERN TYPES, EVEN ONE WITH A SLIM JIM RIG !
< An 1877 Forest & Stream Ad appears to the left, promoting its benefits.
|FOREHAND & WADSWORTH, "OLD MODEL ARMY" .44
with California Bear.
In the mid 1870's the demand for large frame frontier revolvers was at it's zenith. All the major manufacturers were making them, and Forehand & Wadsworth did not want to be left out. Primarily a maker of "pocket" size revolvers they designed and made their first large caliber big frame, and this is it. Introduced in the mid 1870's in a quantity of LESS than 1,000 revolvers. They are hardly never encountered by the collector today, and when found, most are in derelict condition. This example, Serial No. 124X is one of "THE" very finest. It has 99.999% of all the original factory applied nickel plate. It has softened, ( not bright and shiny) and been UNTOUCHED, and remains all original. ALL factory applied markings, such as barrel address, serial numbers etc.. are present and vividly clear. Mechanically it is in PERFECT working order, in ALL phases of working operation. It is really enhanced by the presence of ORIGINAL Mother of Pearl Grips. The grips have the vibrant colors only natural age of 135 years plus can create. The frame is marked with a California Bear stamped on it, which recently has been discovered as a "trade marking" used by a selling dealer in the old San Francisco area of 1870's California. The mark was used by Vellegia & Slotterbeck Arms, a dealer in firearms, and high grade shotguns.
If you are a collector of F&W's, or a collector of Frontier Revolvers from the old west expansion era, this is a rare chance for the 1st Model, a.k.a. "old Model" army to collected. In nickel, you would be hard pressed to find a better example! PRICE $5,500
This Forehand & Wadsworth "Old Model" Army comes with it's original holster.
|WIDE AWAKE, .32rf ,
BY HOOD FIREARMS 1875
This little gem from Hood Firearms is just about 100% of the original factory condition. F. Hood, who ran a small pistol factory in New York, had many other enterprises, and was at one time, one of America's wealthiest men. This Wide Awake, Serial No. 1720, a 5 shot, .32 Rim Fire, has a 2-3/4 inch barrel, and is fitted with Walnut grips. Mechanically, it is 100% on ALL the working actions. During the 2nd half of the 19th century everybody went armed, the city streets were dangerous, as well as traveling on the frontier. One could defend themselves adequately. Do NOT be fooled these small .32 RF's were lethal !
PRICE $ 450
TOP OF BARRELMARKED: WIDE AWAKE
|" THE HARD PAN 2" ,.32
Rim Fire, Manufactured by, HOOD FIREARMS, NY. FACTORY
Francis Hood was one of the wealthiest men in America, during the last half of the 1800's following the Civil War. One of the operations of his vast empire, was Hood Firearms Company, located in New York. They produced a variety of inexpensive Pocket Pistols, with a variety of Trade Names. The quality was very good, and they were very competitive in the market place of great demand. The Hard Pan 2, is one of them, and this Hard Pan 2 is Serial No. 887X. It has the 2-3/4 inch round barrel, and walnut grips. The finish is about 98% original nickel plating, and is decorated with an unusual " Star Burst " style of engraving. It is further decorated with three knurled rings around the cylinder. The hammer and trigger have their darkened case colors, and ALL mechanical functions operate perfectly! A unique pocket pistol. PRICE $400
APRIL 30, 2021
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