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Smith & Wesson were very pleased that the Government was purchasing their Army revolver for the Cavalry and ground troops. The very first cartridge revolver purchased by the Government was the S&W 1st Model American .44 ( 1,000 )in 1870, 3 years before Colt ! The old timers on the Ordnance Board  wanted a bigger caliber, this coincided with Colt and the .45 Single Action. In 1875 BOTH the S&W and Colt co-existed with the Government.  Many suggested the closure latch on the Schofield was too difficult, especially on horseback. S&W went to the drawing board, and in 1877 the 2nd Model appeared. All was well until , as legend has it, the two different .45 caliber cartridges were creating a problem. The S&W .45 would fire in  a Colt, but the Colt .45 would not fire in a Schofield. Sadly it ended with the Schofield's being recalled and placed in storage, eventually being sold as surplus to mostly two NY Arms dealers/ H&G and Bannerman. From there most to all had their barrels cut to five inches, re-finished and sold to Police, Express Companies ( W.F.& Co. EX ) the most famous. Although U.S. Express was known to purchase several. So, today an original U.S. Schofield is VERY difficult to find in either Model. There were only 5,285 2nd Models, all being issued to the Cavalry. Of these, the vast majority went to the Southwest and the 4th, 9th and 10th Cavalry units who were actively involved in the Geronimo Campaign. Serial No. 740X is a complete and original 2nd Model Schofield. IT has ALL the Military Inspector markings: L & P at the barrel base at the pivot, standing for David Lyle the Inspector. It also has the S&W Patent dates and Address on the left side of the barrel and the Schofield patents on the right hand side. A minor military marking problem is the U.S. on the butt, as it was attempted to be removed, that was quite common in the day, no one wanted to be caught with a U.S. marked revolver ! The good news is, that with a magnifying glass the U.S. can still be detected, most of the U and bottom portion of the S. The overall finish today is a soft dark gray patina with some plum tones. ALL parts are original, and the MECHANICAL working actions are perfect !! No mechanical issues.

If you look at shows this Model is in the wind, seldom seen, and if seen generally in a mutilated condition. A solid example at a reasonable price.

PRICE $4,200


The Walnut grips show Military use and thereafter leaving Military service. However, the Walnut has a strong smooth luster and no significant damage.

Although too difficult to show with a photo, the U.S. can been seen with a magnifying glass at the top of the butt, even below a piece of the U.S. can be still seen.


Aside from the history connected to this S&W, it remains an interesting story on Smith & Wesson. S&W wanted very much to be a major player in the large bore Double Action field, introducing this Model in 1881. Chambered in .44 Russian Caliber. Five years later they introduced the Double Action Frontier in 44/40. The company was both puzzled and concerned as sales were slow. The Frontier had a 1-9/16 inch cylinder vs. the Russian at 1-7/16th. ALL the revolvers were made BEFORE 1898, and are antique, shipping was another twist in the story. They made about 56,000, and the warehouse was overstocked. To recoup their investment, all but about 2,000 were RE-Chambered to the known seller world wide, .44 Russian.  This S&W Double Action has the 1-9/16 inch cylinder, BUT is chambered for the .44 Russian, now known as the 44 S&W Ctg. The company was determined to empty the warehouse, and by 1914 all 54,000 were shipped.

This S&W Serial No.5440X, shipped in March of 1914 a Shipment of ONE, to H. A. Astlett, Walter St. New York city. Research shows that Harry Anderson Astlett was the owner of a major Steam Ship line traveling the globe.

No doubt this being a one of shipment it was intended for his use, or as a gift to one of his Captains. It certainly was important to be armed and prepared for any problems while at sea or unloading cargo etc... It was shipped as seen, 5 inch, nickel finish, pearl grips added by owner. The S&W was well taken care of for the last 109 years. Its working actions are ALL in perfect working order, and ALL Factory Markings are present.

An extremely interesting piece of American History and the Era of Steam Ships delivering the goods and passengers. Few times can we specifically indentify the historical figure, but this time we can !

PRICE $2,950


This DA 44 has about 99% of the Original Factory Nickel plate, 90% original blue on the trigger guard, and same case color on trigger and hammer.


This is a very scarce S&W in many ways. The Old Old Russian Model was primarily produced for the Russian Military, however there was a production of about 5,200 revolvers for domestic sale in the U.S. This one Serial No. 2714X has an additional RARE feature. Standard barrel production were 8 inches and a FEW 7 & 6 inch barrels. This one however, was ahead of it's time where the 6-1/2 inch barrel was common, but for this model in 1872 it is the ULTIMATE rare barrel length! It still has about 80% of it's original factory nickel finish, with the balance a light gray patina, blending very  well creating a very strong appearance. ALL factory markings are present and clear: barrel address and serial number. It has PERFECT mechanics, it opens closes, tight, cocks, releases, and the cylinder locks tight, NO mechanical issues. It has a very strong main spring, and it cocks firmly, as it did in 1872, with the cylinder locking into position. The S&W shipped to M.W. Robinson on June 21st, 1872, at that time, the biggest distributor for S&W.

At one time, this Old, Old Russian had an inscription on the rear right of frame, a unique oblong scroll pattern circle surrounding a one line inscription . Unfortunately the deluxe frame mostly remains, but the name has been removed, why? we will never know. The S&W is fitted with original Ivory grips. They have a fantastic antique "mustard yellow" patina, and a few natural age striations...NO damage!

An opportunity to own a RARE and highly popular revolver of the Frontier, and an excellent example in highly collectable condition. PRICE $ 4,500 


A Russian revolver is INDEED a rare find today, anywhere, especially in the U.S. Once these revolvers were shipped by S&W to Russia, they hardly if ever left the country. They were stored in the Arsenals, and unbelievably saw use all the way up to WWII. This 3rd Russian , Russian is Serial No. 1458X, and was in the first shipment of 1874. In 1874 Russia was entangled in a War with Turkey and Uzbek. Surprisingly this revolver is by all reasonable comparisons to service revolvers in very good condition. It has about 55-60% original blue, ALL parts are original, and the mechanics are PERFECT !

Cyrillic Barrel address and the Double Russian Eagle above KO the Inspecting Officer. This was a very accurate and dependable revolver. It began as evolutionary improvement from the 1st Model Russian, thru the 2nd Russian, the 3rd being the finished product of the cooperation with the Russian Inspectors and the design modifications of Alonzo King with S&W. It was a significant contract for S&W, and a smaller number were civilian production and sold here in the U.S. by M.W. Robinson, and to a lesser degree by Hartley & Graham. This 3rd Russian is ALL matching: all inspector numbers etc.. ALL parts are the original parts, including grips.


Besides the 55-60% blue present, you can also see traces of case color hardening on the hammer and trigger guard. Like I said earlier a fine example for what it is ! A RARE and seldom encountered S&W, with a great history! FACTOID: Most of these were Arsenal stored, and the beginning of the Russian Revolution, the " White" Russian Army seized the Arsenals, and fought against the "Red" Bolsheviks with these revolvers. SCARCE and HISTORICAL S&W revolver.

PRICE $3,950




The Ivory grip is relief carved into a typical Civil War era Patriotic motif. The carving is known as " Lady Columbia" wearing the Liberty Cap and surrounded by an American flag at her neck. The No.2 Army was the largest frame revolver that S&W had to offer during the Civil War, chambered in .32 rim fire long. Serial No. 1980X exemplifies the deluxe treatments available for the right buyer. It was extremely popular with the soldiers, both enlisted and Officers. Many famous personages carried them or owned them, such as George A. Custer, and "Wild Bill" Hickok. The number of presentations to the Military we will never know, BUT this one was certainly a special No.2. It is FULLY and originally Silver Plated, deluxe grips and cased. Mechanically it works 100% correctly on ALL working actions. The case has an antique patina, excellent color and NO damage. The interior is a wonderful wine color showing only age with NO rips or damage. The Silver plate is still very strong , with only a minimal spot or two where some patina has formed. Overall it is a 90% finish, still present. The cylinder still has the 1855 and 1859 original patent dates clearly exhibited around the center of the cylinder.

Price $ 4,650


3rd MODEL S&W RUSSIAN, in Very Scarce Caliber, .44 HENRY RIM FIRE, @1874, a.k.a. THE TURKISH CONTRACT 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. The center fire hole on recoil shield (frame) was filled, and the slot was cut to accommodate the rim fire hammer. Serial No. 4087X is one of these rare No. 3 Russians. This revolver was shipped to Turkey as one of the 5,000 filling the military contract. Removing the grips. on the left side of the grip frame, you will find Turkish Characters on the frame edge.

 This makes it  a REAL scarce 3rd Model Russian/ Turkish Contract 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/Turkish Model , 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 World and 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 right side 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 trigger guard Sash Hooks cut off, fortunately NOT the case with this 3rd Russian/Turkish.

PRICE $ 3,950




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.




SEPTEMBER 30, 2023


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