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2328
$5,175.00

IMPORTANT AND EXCEPTIONAL CASED SMITH & WESSON FIRST MODEL, FIRST ISSUE REVOLVER.

SN 10324. Cal. 22 RF. 3-3/16″ bbl. Silver washed frame with blue tip-up bbl and fine varnished 2-pc rosewood grips. Sixth type without rotating recoil plate. Nickel silver blade front sight with bbl address being “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD. MASS.” Cyl marked “PATENTED APRIL 3 1855 & JUNE 15. 1858.” Assembly number “60” located on frame, cyl, rear of bbl flat and bbl latch assembly. Rosewood grips are numbers matching to frame. Housed in a spectacular 1st model casing of Gutta/percha, believed to be manufactured by the company of Littlefield & Parsons, reportedly estimated to only be approximately 5000 cases produced. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Jim Baldwin. CONDITION: A prime condition example, this exceptional first model, first issue, type six retains virtually all of its silver washed finish on the frame and has mellowed in areas to a wonderfully rich patina. Bbl and cyl with their high polish nitre blue finish show a slightly abrasive prior cleaning, however, most finish remains with lesser amounts on top of bbl with a slight loss of finish on leading edges of cyl and crowns of bbl flats. First model hammer still retains most of its vivid case colors on its base and most all of its nitre blue finish on the mechanical spur. Gutta/percha casing has a magnificently preserved lid with crisp and clear image. Interior padded velvet lining is exceptional with no loss of material, however, has light staining from gun storage at point of cyl position and bottom of butt. Some cracking and several very minor chips with slight amount of material loss are evident but in no way aesthetically detracting. An exceptional Smith & Wesson set, one would be hard pressed to improve upon. 50975-14 TDW (3,500-5,000) – Lot 2328

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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