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1st MODEL, SMITH & WESSON AMERICAN .44 an Interesting History , perhaps?... 1871

This Model represents the FIRST break top, .44 caliber revolver manufactured by S&W. The American appeared on the market in 1870. and was very much a part of the Frontier Saga, as prior to his Show Biz' days Buffalo Bill carried one. So did Texas Jack Omohundro. All of this 3 YEARS before the Colt SAA went to the drawing board !  In fact it was the first cartridge revolver contract with the U.S. Government for the Cavalry, purchasing 1,000 of them. Years later, some even showed up at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Serial No. 563X has the classic 8 inch barrel, Walnut grips, and chambered for the .44 American cartridge. It has about 85% of all the original factory blue finish, quite extraordinary for a 1st Model, as they saw use ! ALL assembly numbers are matching, and ALL factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address and serial number. It has 100% perfect mechanical working actions. Breaking open to load, closing afterwards, cocking and locking tight to fire. The firing action is perfect each and every time the hammer is pulled to the rear. However, it's the grips that are special and have a excellent verbal history. Unfortunately today most family history is either clouded or lost , not many details. This house find 1st American supposedly was carried in a Wild West  Medicine Show on the Frontier. Note the jewel inlaid grips, diamonds and sapphires in a cross pattern. True or not, it certainly is an interesting pair of grips on a very early Frontier Revolver.

The ONLY non original part is the front sight. It replaced the steel sight, and this one is made from a very old copper penny. Skillfully replaced exactly as the original, pinned in place, very neatly done ! I am sure this one done as it made for a color contrast in sighting and shooting the American. So maybe with the sight, and colorful grips, it in fact was in a Frontier Medicine Show.

PRICE $4,900

Interesting factory letter , destination & configuration

s&W NEW MODEL No.3, in .44 R...1881

this new model no.3 has a shipping destination outside the normal destinations. s&W shipped almost all to m.w. robinson, in new york. this one shipped in a special order to hibbard,spencer & bartlett, chicago, ill. in 1881.  there were five new models, all with 6-1/2 inch barrels, nickel plate finish, only one with pearl grips ! serial no. 1468X. all of this is detailed in the factory letter. interesting to note, the pearl grips was the most expensive! The fit and feel is perfect, as it would from the factory. the pearl has vibrant radiant colors, and no damage. the no.3 has about 95-97% of all the original factory nickel plating, bright and clean. the balance is a soft gray mostly above the grips were hands tended to be over many years. the top latch has the fire blue still present. The no. 3 was S&W's answer to the single action, only quicker and easier to load and unload. mechanically this no.3 has a perfect working action, and perfect break open, and eject spent cartridges, closing perfectly. all factory applied markings are present: barrel address, serial number was fairly popular on the western frontier, as virgil earp carried one, and recently appearing in western movies, like tom horn, tombstone and others. However, the no.3 found huge ! popularity around the world, and was the pistol of choice for japan and australia. a very handsome revolver in appearance, and interesting letter.

price $3,750





This is an incredibly unique holster in it's construction, and unique for an 1870's holster, as well as the expected design for the time period. It fits the EIGHT inch barrel correctly, only a S&W , as there is NO accommodation for an ejector rod on a barrel. It is ONLY one step beyond the Slim Jim holster of the early 1870's, as it has a 3/4 skirt and VERY narrow. In addition it has the SLANTED loops on the holster.

This holster has a VERY unique offering ! It has a retaining strap for the revolver. However, the way it is constructed it can be used or not used. I suggest when danger was imminent the strap was unsnapped, BUT when heavy riding  on the range it was left closed to keep the revolver from being dislodged, yeah, even losing it ! This holster was OBVIOUSLY made by a Master Saddler/ Holster maker, for an individual. It is in EXCELLENT condition, a dark chocolate like color, NO broken seams anywhere, and crisp engraving. A holster with very similar work appears in " Packing Iron", but the retaining strap, stands alone ! Below I have holstered an Old, Old Russian, for the visual purpose of seeing this holster with THE correct revolver.

PRICE $ 650

NOTE: The retaining strap is integral with the holster !  It is cut from the back, and folded over, then decorated same as the rest of the holster. It could be folded back right into the space it came from, unique !

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 $3,950


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!


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 $ 3,795

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




JANUARY 17, 2020


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