SMITH & WESSON, .38 SINGLE ACTION 1st MODEL REVOLVER
a.k.a. "BABY RUSSIAN" 1876-1877
This B.aby Russian must have had some special intent ! The standard finishes were mostly nickel, and some blue, this one however is FULL FACTORY SILVER Plated. Serial No. 2442X would have been made in 1877, and is further enhanced by Factory Pearl grips. I know the finish looks strange, but I did not clean the Silver Surface, it has natural tarnishing accumulated over 145 years. This one has the 3-1/4 inch barrel, and ALL mechanical working actions function 100% correctly. It received the nick name Baby Russian, as it was being made the same time as the large frame .44 Russian revolver and bears a resemblance. This revolver chambers the .38 S&W cartridge. The Pearl grips are very fine except for the left grip which has an ancient repair, but it still has the vibrant pearl quality.
A significant model in the line of S&W production being the first Pocket .38 Model. No doubt destined for someone who could further the sales, what with full silver plating and pearl grips !
Worthy of a S&W factory letter, due to its finish, and one of only @25,000 manufactured from 1876 - 1877
PRICE $ 1,550
SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL, .32 DOUBLE ACTION RARE , VINE
AND PARROT HARD RUBBER GRIPS. SILVER PLATE FINISH, 1880
This is a very special small revolver ! Serial No. 181X manufactured for only 2 years, 1880 -1882, in a small quantity. There were only 30 1st models, and immediately into production they changed the design of the side plate to a curved plate, so really it is a 2nd Model but truly the first DA produced. It is factory silver plated, and fitted with THE MOST RARE of all factory grips ever used. The hard rubber grips are of a tree/vine with 2 Parrots sitting in the tree/vine !! The grips are in perfect condition, as is the revolver. ALL factory markings are present and clear, and all serial numbers are matching. Mechanically, it operates 100% on both single and double action.
The patent dates are on each side of the edge of the top strap, a feature unique to this model .
Look carefully, on each side of the screw escutcheon, you can see the two Parrots
SMITH & WESSON, DOUBLE ACTION "FRONTIER " MODEL, 44/40 @
S&W first introduced this Model in 1881 observing the need to have a large frame Double Action revolver. First appearing in the .44Russian caliber, however management was quick to recognize the advantage of the 44/40 cartridge. It was the "combination" caliber, rifle and pistol, one in the same cartridge. The Frontier Double Action Model followed quickly, in the 44/40 offering. Several westerners of notoriety carried this model, Belle Star, and John Wesley Hardin. It was a large frame DA and in a very popular caliber. This one, Serial No. 1026X, has the six inch barrel, and factory finished in Blue. Of the original finish, about 30% of the blue remains, the balance a smooth pleasing blue/gray patina. The mechanical working actions function 100% correctly. Cocking, indexing, locking and smoothly releasing to fie, both on single action and double action modes. This also includes the breaking open and ejecting spent cartridges. The grips are quite interesting, as they are period with the DA. Most think of stag as a more modern grip, HOWEVER, they were available in the 19th century for grip usage. In removing these grips the inside are very dark and old, similar to the reason you look at the back of an old painting, the canvas shows the age ! They are a perfect fit to the revolver, and have a very nice stag exterior.
The appearance of the DA Frontier is western indeed ! In reality, ONLY a little over 15,000 were manufactured, so the 44/40 is not all that readily available, and sought by collectors.
1889 HARTLEY & GRAHAM ADVERTISEMENT, FEATURING THE S&W,
NEW MODEL No.3 TARGET REVOLVER
Price $ 50
**Interesting to note, on the reverse side, are the Newspaper Clippings regarding the Court Martial of a Cavalry Officer, and his "physical confrontation" with another Officer.
NOVEMBER 30, 2022
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