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OLD MODEL RUSSIAN ( 1st MODEL) .44R, CHARLES ALONZO KING PROTOTYPE, WITH SEVERE CURVED GRIP ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD...SEE ON PAGE 74..

Charles Alonzo King was always "tweeking" the design of the Russian Contract revolvers at their behest. Searching for the perfect grip, perfect barrel length, so on and so forth. King accommodated them, as they were the largest customer of S&W. The theory of the severe curved grip was to prevent more recoil than necessary, and keep the revolver on target after each shot. this ONE revolver was produced in the tool room, BUT never was accepted, so IT IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD. I remains in super fine condition with better than 90% of the S&W factory blue. ALL the case color on the hammer and trigger guard. It has 100% correct working mechanics !! It has NO markings except the Russian Barrel address.

If you are a student of the evolution of antique firearms, and favor S&W  this is a ONCE in a lifetime chance to own HISTORY. To hold the very Russian Charles Alonzo King held and presented top the Russian Inspectors, and a one time Museum specimen.

PRICE $ 14,750

The now famous severe curved gip, the ONLY one in existence !!

3rd MODEL S&W RUSSIAN, in Very Scarce Caliber, .44 HENRY RIM FIRE, @1874, a.k.a. THE TURKISH MODEL

Domestically this revolver is incredibly difficult for the collector to obtain. Approximately 5,000 were manufactured for sale to the Turkish Government. This was accomplished by altering the standard production frame to accept the rim fire hammer. Serial No. 4087X is one of these rare No. 3 Russians. I strongly believe this Russian did not make the shipment, as it has a matching ! Commercial barrel address, indicating domestic sale. Making it  a REAL scarce 3rd Model Russian !! Finished in factory blue about 35% remains, the balance of the surface has a mixing of plum patina and light gray. Mechanically the 3rd Russian, breaks open, the ejector rises and falls correctly, closes tightly, cocks, indexes and locks correctly. In other words a perfect working action. This Model in this caliber is seldom if never seen in the U.S. for sale. The .44 Henry flat rim fire remained popular in the American southwest and Mexico well into the 20th century. It's popularity no doubt due to the pairing with Winchester rifles. The Walnut grips are in excellent condition, only minor hand marks, smooth with a fine antique patina. Important: all serial numbers match, as to all assembly numbers found on parts.

The above image clearly shows the Rim Fire firing pin. ALL parts are original to this S&W. You find , UNFORTUNATELY, so many 2nd and 3rd models with their Sash Hooks cut off, fortunately not the case with this 3rd Russian.

PRICE $ 3,500

 

 

SMITH & WESSON, 1st MODEL AMERICAN .44 , "OIL HOLE" VARIATION, EARLY, 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER

This was a SIGNIFICANT revolver for the firm of S&W. It represented the FIRST top break .44 caliber revolver ever produced by the company. They wanted to part of the frontier expansion and produce a large caliber heavy revolver. It had the 8 inch barrel, a slightly curved grip, and quick loading and unloading. It received immediate success, even a 1,000 piece contract from the Government for Cavalry usage. It was immensely popular on the civilian market, wit MANY high profile westerners using one. Such as Cole Younger, Belle Star, Texas Jack Omohundro, Buffalo Bill, Dallas Stoudenmire and  yes even Wyatt Earp owned one. This 1st American is VERY early having a 3 digit serial number, 42X. ALL parts are the original parts to this American. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address & patents, serial numbers and assembly numbers, plus they are all matching. The smooth Walnut grips are numbered to the American and have a fine antique luster, with just a slight amount of wood damage at the bottom of one grip only.

This was a seriously important revolver to the company and the westward expansion and it's cast of characters. PRICE $4,650

The Oil Hole can be clearly seen in front of the barrel pivot, on the flat of the barrel/extractor.

2nd MODEL, SMITH & WESSON AMERICAN.44....RARE... FACTORY BARREL LENGTH, IVORY GRIPS

Serial No. 3005X, has an EXTREMELY rare factory barrel length. It is a 6-1/2 inch barrel. I would say that 99% of all of this model encountered have the standard barrel length of 8 inches. Although the factory made them in 5-1/2, 6, 6-1/2 and 7 inches. Any of these lengths command a strong premium, but the 6-1/2 inch is the ULTRA rare ! This 2nd American was once full nickel, but the finish has long vacated, leaving a uniform soft gray patina on the revolver. The Ivory grips strongly appear to be factory original to this 2nd model, and if not they were placed there by the selling dealer in 1874.

  You can tell this American was someone's companion, and carried every day. No doubt this was a Frontier Specimen, perhaps accounting  for the special barrel length, as it was easier to use "in action" than the standard 8 inch. Mechanically it operates correctly: breaks open, star ejector rises, snaps back into cylinder, closes tight, cocks, locks, indexes and releases to fire properly. ALL parts are the original factory parts, and ALL factory markings are present. ALL serial numbers match. ALL screw heads are clean and defined no burring. The importance of these S&W revolvers is of the highest magnitude, as they appeared on the Frontier 3 years before Colt's single action, and even by 1874 the date of this revolver, it was the best large frame cartridge revolver on the market. A QUICK loader//un-loader and an accurate shooter in .44.

PRICE $ 2,750

SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL .45 SCHOFIELD, U.S. ISSUE 1877

The 2nd Model perhaps was more meaningful to S&W than the first, as it represented continued Government purchasing and Issue to the Cavalry. The government was pleased with the first model BUT wanted some minor improvements that they felt enhanced their ease of use. Serial No. 740X is a 2nd Model Schofield with the new asked for improvements. The top latch was altered by adding circular areas more easily held onto, making it easier for a trooper to grab and break open the revolver. The other change was the trigger profile. Other than that it was the same as the first model. Once again, it saw total distribution to the Cavalry units, even more so, as the 2nd contract double the amount of the first. This 2nd Schofield has untouched and original patina, as there is no blue remaining. ALL factory markings are present: company address, patent lines, and serial number ( all matching). ALL Military markings are present, land P at the barrel pivot, and the U.S. on the butt. ALL parts are original to the Schofield. The grips show hand wear and use with no cartouche remaining.

U.S. mark on butt of grip

The U.S. on the butt is very faint, but it is still there, perhaps a long time ago, an attempt to remove it took place, but not completely successful. !

Mechanically this 2nd Schofield functions 100% correctly. It breaks open, star ejector rises and falls, it closes and locks tight. Then it cocks, and cylinder locks tight for firing, and triggers release the hammer...perfect action. This 2nd Model would be the last of the Military Schofield's, after this the Army went exclusively with the Colt revolver. One cartridge seemed the best direction. However, civilians found it a wonderful revolver with it's QUICK method to load and unload. Frank James carried one along with many other notable westerners.

close up of left view military Schofield

full view of left side of US schofield

PRICE $ 3,400

S&W 2nd model .45 Schofield U.S. issue 1877

U.S. marked on butt of Schofield No2 model

well worn walnut grips on Schofield

all parts are original to the Schofield

bottom view of U.S. Schofield

top view of well patina Schofield U.S.

 

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.

Model 2 American full view right side

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

S&W 2nd model .44 American revolver

bottom view of this big frame revolver

95% of all original nickel plated finish

walnut grips in perfect condition

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

 

 

 

JUNE 30, 2021

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