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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, "OLD, OLD" MODEL RUSSIAN .44R, 2nd STYLE FRAME, a.k.a. 2ND MODEL @1873

Serial No. 1930X is an excellent example of life on the frontier as time and needs changed. This exact Model was carried by John Wesley Hardin at the time he shot and killed Sheriff Webb in Comanche Texas . Originally it had the factory 8 inch barrel, however during its time on the frontier in  the late 1800's, the barrel was reduced to 5-3/4 inches. Why we ask ? because it was more easily carried, maybe concealed, with a shorter barrel. It was well done ! and as you can see, re-sighted in a very professional manner, even the barrel being crowned as the S&W factory did them ! This Old, Old Russian has about 96-97% of all the original factory nickel plating, the few spots with nickel are a light gray and blend well. There are still strong traces of case color on the hammer and trigger guard. The walnut grips are smooth,  show only normal hand wear, and exhibit a nice smooth patina. Mechanically, this S&W operates 100% PERFECTLY on ALL the working actions. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present, barrel address etc... This was and is a very honest Frontier S&W , "Old, Old", Russian. Modified to fit the owners need, and very well !! cared for. In many ways a much more real Western revolver than some !

PRICE $1,950

S&W 1st MODEL .44 RUSSIAN, a.k.a. "OLD,OLD MODEL RUSSIAN" 1874

A very significant revolver from S&W, as ONLY @ 5,100 Commercial Models were manufactured. The balance were the Russian Contract orders of @21,000. This 1st Russian , Serial No. 2714X, was nickel plated at the factory. Currently it has about 65% of the original nickel plate present. The balance is a soft gray patina, found mostly on the areas of hand use. The nickel is very strong on the frame bottom, and in back and front of the cylinder. The cylinder is about 50% nickel. The factory applied barrel address, and Model designation is crisp and perfect. Speaking of perfect, ALL the working actions are perfect, each and every time demanded. All parts are original. The Walnut grips are smooth with a fine patina and have no damage. This revolver model made a huge impact on the western frontier, as introduced in 1870 (1st Model) and then then 2nd Model in 1871. This Old, Old Russian is from 1874, and continued the popularity. For S&W it was their first LARGE caliber, break-top model, and the first practical frontier revolver out there, far superior to conversions etc... and years ahead of Colt. The superior benefits of this Model were immediately recognized, and one Texan made this Model famous. John Wesley Hardin  used a 1st Russian Model, exactly like this one, to shoot and kill Sheriff Webb in Comanche Texas. His Old Old Russian was in the 25,000 range. Simply a historical revolver to the west and S&W and still maintains and excellent presence.

PRICE $3,995

 

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

 

 

JUNE 1, 2017

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