The Personal Property of Charles Alonzo King, the
Senior Design Engineer for Smith & Wesson, in conjunction with the Russian
Contracts...TOOL ROOM PROTOTYPE FOR THE 2nd MODEL RUSSIAN .44... 1874
ONLY ONE IN EXISTENCE !!!
150 PAGES OF DOCUMENTATION & AFFIDAVITS...
This Tool Room prototype is the model from which ALL 2nd Model Russian revolvers were made ! Charles Alonzo King was the designer and worked closely with the Russian Inspectors in producing this model. King was also the inventor of the MOST important feature for ALL Break Top S&W's . He invented the front pivot and the raising and lowering of the star extractor, then closing the revolver. All of this info is in the extensive documentation which accompanies the sale.
This 2nd Model Russian Prototype is left in the unfinished white metal, with no markings and no grips etc... If you are a student of antique arms this is A ONCE in a lifetime chance to own the only one in the world, a hand crafted piece by Charles Alonzo King, and the factory model for thousands of No.2 Russians to follow. NO one else can make that claim except the owner of this huge piece of S&W history.
The documents contain sworn affidavits from long ago in history, plus all the design work of King and his life history.
PRICE $ 8,500
PLEASE NOTE: See S&W Page 2 for yet another S&W prototype Large Frame Russian, pictured in ALL S&W reference texts.
"THE BLOODIEST 47 ACRES IN AMERICA"
S&W 1st MODEL AMERICAN . .44, Marked "MO PY", this stood for Missouri Penitentiary, located at Jefferson City, MO.
This 1st Model American is one of those old revolvers we wish could talk ! 'cause this one would have something to say !! Serial No. 236X was manufactured in 1870, and found itself in service in the state of Missouri. The prison was known as "THE WALLS" by its inmates, for the stout ! enormous stone walls, high and thick ! It was home to many of the toughest desperados in the old west at various times. Members of the James-Younger gang passed through, like Bill Ryan. John Reno of the infamous Reno Gang, who by the way invented Train Robberies, and the toughest of the worst in Missouri where sent there. Starting in 1838. It was known as "The Bloodiest 47 Acres in America". Why, over the years it had many murders, (inside the prison) and several inmate riots, which "in the day" were only handled one way, with lead ! THIS American is marked by the Prison, on the top curve of the back strap. MO PY
A document goes with this American, showing the Penitentiary and some information, and a lead as to where to do more research if desired.
This 1st American, has about a 55-60% blue finish remaining, with some plum color patina showing through. The finish is an ANCIENT re-blue, no doubt applied to the American while in service with the prison system as the revolver began to show wear. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear, barrel address etc...Mechanically, it has perfect working actions. Upon breaking open, the star ejector rises, and return to the cylinder. It closes tight, the cylinder rotates and indexes, and the cocking action is absolutely correct. It is all matching serial numbers, including the grips. . The American is in it's original factory configuration, eight inch barrel, walnut grips. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, THIS IS THE ONLY SUCH S&W AMERICAN TO EXIST, IDENTIFIED TO A WESTERN PRISON, IN THE DAY !!!
PRICE $ 3,950
S&W , 2nd MODEL, SINGLE ACTION
.38 @ 1878, with HISTORICAL POLICE ASSOCIATION
Serial No. 1287X is in near perfect condition. It has about 99%++ original factory nickel plate finish. There is 99.99% of case color hardening on the hammer and spur trigger. Yes, it has been fired, but probably less than the fingers on your one hand !
This model has the earliest type hard rubber grips, it has the Block Letters S&W, rather than the traditional entwined S&W logo.
Both grips are in perfect condition, no chips, cracks or any damage what so ever. The RIGHT side of the frame is marked KMP 107. This stands for Kingston Mounted Police, a very early mounted Police force, in harmony with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in Ontario, Canada. In 1878 they enforced the Law from horseback ! My thoughts, this exact revolver must have been issued to an Officer, and it saw limited field duty, as witnessed by the excellent condition. ALL mechanical function for loading, unloading and firing function 100% correctly. A "minty" 2nd Model .38, with significant Police History from 1878.
Besides the KMP 107, the picture clearly shows the 100% presence of all the case hardening colors on the hammer.
SMITH & WESSON , 2nd MODEL .32
DA REVOLVER, with ULTRA RARE VINE PATTERN/ORANGE MOTTLED GRIPS
This S&W 2nd Model, is really the 2nd Model just barely ! The first model had a straight cut side plate, with only 35 being made, then this model. Serial No. 1345X has ALL the early production characteristics: the free grooves in the cylinder, and the barrel address, extending to on top the top strap. MOST desirable, and extremely RARE ! are the vine pattern grips in the Orange Mottled color pattern ! These grips are in PERFECT condition, NO, NO damage whatsoever. The revolver has about 5% - 10% original blue, the balance an untouched natural gray patina. However the hammer has about 90% of all its original case hardening colors, and the trigger just slightly less. Mechanically, it operates perfectly on all working actions: breaks open, star ejector rises and snaps back, closing, and works on single action or double action modes flawlesly. The real attraction here are the grips !
Despite it's small size, this is a very difficult model to fine, as later production dwarfed this model in volume, plus the ONLY Orange Mottled grips to be found on this Model S&W DA .32.
Note the barrel address, and the patents which extend in a "Y" shape on top of the top strap. Only found on the earliest production!
The S&W intertwined logo is at the top of each grip...
S&W MODEL OF 1881, DOUBLE
ACTION .44Russian CALIBER, NEW YORK ENGRAVED...@1881
S&W introduced their first double action revolver in 1881, chambered in the .44 Russian cartridge . Much later in production they would add the 44/40 caliber. Serial No. 664X would have been a first year production revolver. It is highly engraved and embellished , New York engraving with a unusual pattern. It exhibits a style typical to the early days of engraver Otto Bodenstein while in New York. He was doing work for Colt and S&W, later to go on to be "the" engraver for Merwin, Hulbert & Co.
The overall finish is about 55-60% original nickel plate, the balance a soft gray untouched natural patina. There is a 95% dominant amount of factory blue remaining on the trigger guard and top latch. The hammer and trigger have 100% of their case hardening colors present. All screw heads are clean and NOT damaged. ALL factory applied markings ; barrel address etc...are clear and present. Mechanically this Model of 1881 operates PERFECTLY on ALL working actions, both DA and Single Action. Plus it breaks open ejects, and closes flawlessly. The Model of 1881 is further decoratively enhanced by Pearl Grips. These are the original grips to the revolver, and are in excellent condition with radiant colors. This is a very unique and early Model of 1881, New York engraved and in excellent working order. This Model is seldom seen this embellished, and would be a fine addition to any collection.
19th Century Holster, @ 1881 -1895. for
S&W Double Action, 1st Model, in .44 Russian or 44/40, with five inch
This holster is of the more protective type, known as a "flap holster". It is a very nice russet brown color, with a distinct chain and flower, border stamping. The rear belt loop is not damaged, and there are no breaks in the stitching.
A very well made holster, with Chamois lining. Someone who wanted to carry and respect his new S&W DA PRICE $350
The holster is clearly marked, 44 5 designating caliber and barrel length. It fits the 44 DA S&W of 1881, 44R or 44WCF perfectly
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 $3,625
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.
JANUARY 31, 2022
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