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SMITH & WESSON 2nd MODEL AMERICAN .44...NEW YORK ENGRAVED ( Possible Factory), WITH IVORY SNAKE & EAGLE GRIPS, ORIGINAL HOLSTER @ 1872

This is a MAGNIFICENT outfit, a 2nd Model S&W American .44 , @1872, and it's ORIGINAL 3/4 skirt holster. The American is New York engraved, full coverage, possibly by the great engraver H. Ulrich. The exquisite cuts of engraving, are donut scrolling countering and intertwining with each other, as well as overlapping.  Extremely fine and detailed work of a master. Serial No.1629X has full coverage, and is wonderfully executed. The American is also enhanced by ORIGINAL Snake & eagle high relief carved Ivory grips. The carving stands almost a 1/4 inch above surface. There is about 60-65% of the original nickel plating present, the balance of the surface is a soft gray patina. ALL original patina having NEVER been cleaned etc... This American was a sign of pride, and carried by the owner in the 1870's accounting for the nickel loss on cylinder and barrel, leaving a soft gray patina. Mechanically, this American operates 100% correctly on ALL working actions: break open, eject cartridges, closes, locks, cocks, locks tight, and releases to fire.

In considering the Old Western Frontier, the S&W American was out there in 1870, way ahead of Colt and other competitors. Company wise, it represented the FIRST break-top, .44 caliber revolver from the firm  of S&W. Famous individuals endorsed it, Texas " Jack" Omohundro, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Belle Starr, Dallas Stoudenmire, Cole Younger, and even Wyatt Earp carried one. It was "storied" it was an engraved 2nd Model he actually carried to the "OK" Corral fight. Cole Younger carried his to the ill fated Northfield Minnesota Raid.  Americans were popular not just with "celebrities" but throughout the frontier.

The Holster is period with the American, as the 3/4 inch skirt was a transitional step from Slim Jims to Loop Holsters.  The holster is marked on the pouch, by Montgomery Ward & Co. !, plus .44 on the loop strap. The entire package is fabulous, early transition holster, full coverage Engraved, and carved Ivory grips ! A great acquisition for any collector, and 1870's specimen!!! PRICE $ 7,850

Exquisite engraving appears on the left and right side of barrel , 3/4 the way, then at the very muzzle, all still very distinct and visible.

BIG !!! TEXAS HISTORICAL REVOLVER...... "THE BORDER BOSS".... JOHN R. HUGHES, TEXAS RANGER.... S&W FACTORY LETTER...

John R. Hughes was a Texas Ranger from 1887 - 1915, retiring in 1915. This S&W is a 1st Model, Double Action, in the .44 Russian caliber, and letters as you see it.  Six inch barrel, nickel plate finish, and letter remarks that undoubtedly the Ivory grips were placed there by the selling dealer, M. W. Robinson. Serial No. 3815X has about 20% of the factory nickel plate finish present, the balance is a soft gray patina. The finish is all natural, and never been cleaned, it is as time and use has made it. ALL factory applied markings are present, Logo, Barrel address, serial numbers etc.. ALL numbers are matching, and ALL parts are original to the revolver. The Ivory grips have that mellow color only age can produce, and they are damage free. Mechanically, the S&W operates 100% perfectly , all phases, of the working action. What makes this S&W is the fact it was the property of John R. Hughes, Texas Ranger, and Ranger Captain, "The Border Boss". Hughes was also before becoming a Ranger was a Cowboy, and entrepreneur in the Old West, joining the Rangers in 1887 at the age of 32. He was feared, and the mere fact he was after you caused many to surrender willingly, or if not consequences were severe. He retired at the age of 60, in 1915, and had been a Texas Ranger captain for more than 20+ years. This revolver has an engraved back strap, in serif block letters, Capt. John R. Hughes, Texas Rangers. This was one of his personal weapons, and so engraved.

Law enforcement agents were always looking for an "edge", so carrying a Double Action .44 was very true and understood. The DA .44 shows much carry use, NOT abuse, the grips have that marvelous finish of hands on many times, and the finish shows holster or pocket wear. This was a constant companion for Capt. John R, Hughes while working as a Ranger. Besides the letter, I have put together a comprehensive amount of information on John R. Hughes, and the Texas Rangers, which goes to the buyer. Amazing isn't it, he did not die until 1947, at 92 years of age, and his favorite thing was driving his car !!!

Captain John Hughes is seated in chair , to the right, front row.

Here we have Captain J. R. Hughes posed in a familiar "Old West " pose, wearing the S&W DA .44 with Ivory Grips, in the six inch holster on his left hip. See on Page 245 of above text. PRICE $11,500

 

 

 

 

This Texas Ranger Commemorative print shows Hughes with "THE" S&W DA .44 Ivory grip revolver on his left hip, in the holster designed for the six inch S&W. He carried this S&W  during this period.

This is the original Texas Ranger Commemorative of "The Oldest Ranger" issued after 1915. He is wearing THIS S&W DA .44 on his left hip, in a Holster to fit the S&W.

SMITH & WESSON, ORIGINAL FACTORY BOX, @1876, for 1st MODEL, .38 SINGLE ACTION, a.k.a.  "BABY RUSSIAN"

This is a very difficult box to find, due to its early production of 1876, and the "Picture Lid" graphics style. The box is entirely intact, and no physical damage. The colors remain bright and vibrant, and no missing graphics. The interior of the box, is perfect, and the instructions in the upper lid are plain and clear. All the corners are tight and together, and the bottom of the box shows shelf wear in a minimal amount. This is a very fine box, at 141 years old! Even the factory purple ink stamp of Nickel Plated can be seen on the upper right corner of the lid label. If you have a nickel plated Baby Russian in superb condition, and you want to see how it looked as shipped, well, here is the box! PRICE $825

FACTORY SPECIAL ORDER ... ...with Factory Information...ONLY ONE KNOWN TO EXIST.....

1st MODEL, S&W Double Action "FRONTIER MODEL", 44/40 , @ 1890's

This revolver, Serial No.1421X has a very UNIQUE feature, it has a 7-1/2 inch barrel ! The longest standard factory length on this Model was 6-1/2 inches. Factory information, according to Mr. Roy Jinks, S&W Historian states: This was in fact a Special Order revolver, and was shipped to Iver-Johnson Sporting Goods Company, Boston, Mass. in August of 1906 . A one only shipment. *Remember ALL of this Model are classified as antiques, PRE 1898 manufacture, per Supica & Nahas' definitive text on S&W. They were moderate sellers, so shipped way beyond production dates. This DA Frontier has about 75% of all the original factory nickel plating, the balance is a soft gray patina, blending very well preventing any harsh contrast. It's appearance is much stronger. The complimenting parts. such as the top latch, and trigger guard have substantial amounts of blue remaining. The trigger and hammer show faded case colors. The grips are original to this revolver, and have the color and fire only 130 years plus, can create. They have no damage, and really compliment the S&W.

Mechanically, this DA Frontier operates PERFECTLY on single action mode, or double action mode. ALL factory applied markings are present and clearly seen. Being a Special Order, no doubt this was for a very specialized shooter !! Potentially for a shooter in a Wild West Show, as the 7-1/2 inch barrel was Frontier Length. Positively for a specialized shooter, be it target or show business. PRICE $4,450

 

The original Pearl grips, full of antique luster and color.

An honest statement  would be , this is so rare. you more than likely will NEVER see another!

SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL, RUSSIAN, .44R ARMY REVOLVER, 1870'S

The Russian series of revolvers is very interesting. Starting with the Old, Old Model, same appearance as the S&W American .44, only in .44 Russian caliber. The Russian Inspector at the S&W plant, insisted on design changes, to closer fit Russian needs. This Model, the 2nd is vary hard to find, as all production was for the Russian Government. Either over run or, incidental production accounted for the ones sold commercially. The barrel address ending of Russian Model was added, following the Springfield address. It exhibits all the early characteristics, the long extractor under the barrel, and no tension screw on top of barrel, as found on the 3rd Model. This 2nd Model, Serial No. 3611X, has about 25%+ of all the original blue finish, with a blending of a darker gray patina, with touches of plum patina. It has a very pleasant appearance. ALL factory applied markings, barrel address etc..are present and vivid. Mechanically, it operates correctly on all phases of the working action. ONLY 6,200 of this Model, found their way into civilian  (commercial) sales !! This is a very scarce model for the collector to find, as the balance all went into Russia, hardly to never to reappear again.

This 2nd Model Russian was certainly used in the day, but not abused, and still for its  age and use is in very collectable condition. As a footnote: this Russian Model was carried by Pat Garrett, and Charlie Pitts at Northfield, with the James-Younger outfit. They were there on the old frontier. PRICE $2,950

The Walnut grips, have a fine luster, and no damage. The have at the circular top of the grip, a professionally done, INTERTWINED Initials of HB.

 

 

SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL, .44 AMERICAN REVOLVER @ 1873

The Model No. 3 , a.k.a. The American .44 Model, really put S&W into the game ! Prior to 1870, the company's only "big frame" revolver was the less than big frame Army No. 2 in .32 rim fire. However in 1870 they geared up and introduced the top break, .44 Models, the American Model in .44 AM, and the Old Old Russian Model in .44R, physically the same except for caliber. QUICKLY followed by the 2nd Model, which made a slight change in the frame, to accommodate the stronger trigger hold pin. This 2nd American, Serial No. 2175X, is in remarkable condition. It has about 95% of all the original nickel plated finish. What is IMPORTANT, it has never been touched ! no cleaning, polishing etc... it has that natural 141 year old luster. ALL assembly numbers are matching, all serial numbers match, and ALL parts are original. Mechanically it operates PERFECTLY, breaking open, closing, cocking, locking and firing , every time ! ALL factory applied markings are present and visible.

This Model 2 American was very popular on  the frontier, used by the likes of: Wyatt Earp, "Texas Jack" Omohundro, Dallas Stoudenmire, John Wesley Hardin, Cole Younger, Belle Starr, and so on and so forth....  PRICE $ 4,250

The Walnut Grips are in perfect condition, with a fine antique luster, and are numbers to the revolver.

 

SMITH & WESSON, FIRST ISSUE, MODEL 1-1/2  .32 RIM FIRE , FACTORY CASED and ACCOUTREMENTS.

This revolver was extremely important to S&W, as it represented it's FIRST .32 caliber revolver. Introduced in 1865, and discontinued in 1868, after about 26,000 were manufactured. I say manufactured ?? Well, S&W did not make them, a firm by the name of King & Smith made them. They were fitted, finished and assembled by S&W. This one Serial No. 2165X has the standard 3-1/2 inch barrel, and is a "Tip-Up, opening system. The Model 1-1/2 has very strong original factory blue remaining, about 98% overall, a little less on the cylinder, maybe 85%. Almost all the case colors remain on the hammer. It is cased in a Factory casing, of Golden Oak, with the correct pine bottom, and a brass plaque on the lid. the plaque was never inscribed. The GRIPS are INCREDIBLE !!! Both side , PERFECT condition, checkered Ivory.

The original casing from @1866 has an excellent exterior, with the Oak grain, and finish, and no serious damage. The interior however, shows its 150 years of age, not abuse, just age. The velvet shows where the cylinder pressed against it for a century and a half. The balance is normal fading, and just slight wear on the edges. the color remained very acceptable. In the case are the ORIGINAL twp part cleaning rod of oak and brass, the case key !!! and a partial box of the ORIGINAL box of .32 short rim fire cartridges.

ALL factory applied marking are present and exceptionally clear. It is 100% mechanically perfect in each and every working action of the working action. This is an EXCEPTIONAL cased S&W Model 1-1/2 First Issue, with incredible deluxe grips, and cased ! A wonderful 150 year old display of excellence available for the collector. PRICE $ 2,650

 

 

DECEMBER 30, 2018

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