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This is a very significant S&W revolver, in MANY ways. First it was the first top break large caliber ever produced by the firm of S&W. It was THE first military contract for a cartridge revolver for issue to the Army, primarily the Cavalry. The beginning of a long and complicated relationship between the Army and S&W. Serial No. 114X is LISTED by Serial No. as in the 2nd shipment of .44 Americans to probable 4th Cavalry. This is found on Page 94, of the text book Smith & Wesson American Model, in U.S. & Foreign Service, by Charles W. Pate. This U.S. American is ALL, 100% original, still having the U.S. on the barrel, and "A" on the frame for the Inspector Ainsworth.

The overall finish is a smooth metal, no pitting, in a soft gray patina. However, there is about 5% blue scattered, mostly in the protected areas, eight inch barrel and the flutes. There is even case colors to be seen on the hammer. ALL assembly numbers are matching, and ALL factory applied markings are clear and present: Barrel address, serial number, and Military markings . Mechanically, this U.S. American works 100% correctly on all the working actions: breaking open, closing, cocking, indexing, locking tight and releasing to fire. All screw heads are clean, and crisp. It still has the original German Silver front sight. The original Walnut grips have a smooth antique luster and no damage, with a perfect fit.

This U.S. American is extremely important to the U.S. Cavalry and the firm of S&W. THEY WERE on the Frontier, with the Cavalry a FULL three to four years ahead of Colt. These Americans saw the hard core Indian wars up close, all the major battles from New Mexico to Montana. Most amazing thanks to Charles W, Pate every one can be verified, and many to the Cavalry Units they served with, plus some Surveying Expeditions in the West. PRICE $6,650

The unique Oil Hole, found ONLY on the earliest production models.


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



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 !

99% of case color hardening on hammer and spur trigger

  This model has the earliest type hard rubber grips, it has the Block Letters S&W, rather than the traditional entwined S&W logo.

hard rubber grips have the block letters of S&W

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.

PRICE $1,500


Historical S&W 2nd model SA .38

S&W top view historical police association

view of bottom of S&W w/99% of original factory nickel

earliest type of hard rubber grips

frame is marked KMP 107 for Kingston Mounted Police

Besides the KMP 107, the picture clearly shows the 100% presence of all the case hardening colors on the hammer.

minty 2nd model .38


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 !

orange mottled grips with vine pattern rare

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.

PRICE $1,150

S&W 2nd model .32 DA revolver with ultra rare grips

S&W early production 2nd model .32DA

mechanically 100% and with outstanding grips

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!

ultra rare orange mottled grips with vine pattern and perfect

The S&W intertwined logo is at the top of each grip...

intertwined logo is at the top of each grip


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.

highly engraved and embellished revolver

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.

left side of Model of 1881 with pearl grips

PRICE $3,800

S&W 1881 DA .44Russian caliber NY engraved

view of bottom of DA .44 Russian

top view of S&W 1881 DA

NY engraved in style of Otto Bodenstein

original pearl grips

left view of pearl grips


S&W 3rd model .44 Russian with stock

manufactured by Orbea Hermanos in Basque region of Spain

Located in the Basque region of Spain, Eibar is home to Orbea Brothers Firearms Manufacturers, from 1840 - 1929. They had a long and successful run of manufacturing, mostly with exact  (or near exact) copies of the Smith & Wesson line. This No. 3 Russian is MAGNIFICENT ! It is FULLY, and I mean FULLY exhibition level engraved, to include the stock attachment, all matching. Serial No. 227X still has the original stock, and most rare, the original Lanyard Cord. OB had a long history of "presentation" revolvers to high level dignitaries, persons etc.. in Europe and the Mexican/ Latin countries. There is no doubt that this 3rd Russian was a presentation engraved specimen. The oral history that came with this stocked revolver was it belonged to a wealthy Mexican Rancher and land owner. Currently, it has about 90% of the original nickel plating present, the balance light gray patina, with some darker gray blended in the finish. the frame finish is exceptionally strong, with most patina on the barrel.  The face of the cylinder is very clean, indicating limited firing. I believe most finish loss was from inadequate storage for 139 years. The grips are a checkered black hard rubber, with OB in the circle at the top. They are in perfect condition ! This Russian is FULLY covered by engraving, on all physical surfaces of the revolver, exquisitely executed! Mechanically, it operates 100% correctly: opening, ejecting cartridges, closing cocking, indexing, locking tight, and releasing to fire.

grips are checkered black hard rubber

case hardening colors are present on hammer

All the case hardening colors are present on the hammer, and most of the blue on the trigger.( darkened somewhat). The Walnut stock in exceptional condition, no damage or brakeage, with a smooth antique patina finish. Most important, the metal areas of the stock ( attachment) are fully engraved, and MATCHING the revolver!


close up of left side

stock attachment is fully engraved to match the rest

This is an incredible specimen, a 3rd Russian, by Orbea Hermanos, an 1878 PRESENTATION revolver to a "muy importante" person. In addition, in reading on company history, it seems they came into possession of S&W blueprints ! A multi faceted interesting revolver. PRICE $4,850





presentation copy of No3 Russian .44

exhibition level engraved including the stock to match

underside of S&W 3rd model

original lanyard cord is wth this engraved specimen

top view of exceptional engraving of 3rd model russian

operates 100% correctly

exceptional condition of walnut stock

no damage on walnut stock

metal areas of stock are fully engraved too

example of Gustave Young engraving

Theory: Above is a known example of engraving from the Studio of Gustave Young...maybe the master himself. Please note the almost identical similarity in engraving as on the No.3 Russian. Could this , after purchase have been engraved by Young ? for presentation, or ordered by the new wealthy owner?


19th Century Holster, @ 1881 -1895. for S&W Double Action, 1st Model, in .44 Russian or 44/40, with five inch barrel.

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.

backside of flap holster for 5" barrel

A very well made holster, with Chamois lining. Someone who wanted to carry and respect his new S&W DA   PRICE $350

19th century holster for S&W DA 1st model w/5" barrel

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

holster is marked on inside designating caliber and barrel length

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.

backstrap of gun was cut for a detachable shoulder stock

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

1873 S&W 2nd model American .44

S&W was cut for stock

8" barrel on this 2nd model American .44

a big S&W frontier revolver

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.

OCTOBER 31, 2020


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