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Auction Date: November 30, 2012

Lot 1403: Smith & Wesson - 2 Army

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The Rarest of All Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army Revolver with Extremely Scarce "2D.Quality" Marking
Estimated Price: $7,000 - $10,000
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Serial #Smith & Wesson - 2 Army ManufacturerSmith & Wesson Model2 Army
TypeRevolver Gauge32 RF Catalog Page188
Barrel6 Inch Solid Rib FinishBlue/bright GripRosewood
Stock ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionManufactured between 1861 and 1874. This particular revolver is unserialized and the frame was left in the white. The left side of the frame and top of the barrel rib at the breech are marked "2D QUALITY", a marking which was put on these revolvers due to slight casting imperfections. Of the 77,155 Model 2 Army revolvers manufactured, this marking was stamped on only 35. Second quality revolvers are more common on the smith & Wesson 1st Model, 2nd Issue of which there are approximately 4,000. This could very well be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Many of these were sold commercially and used as a personal side arm by Civil War soldiers, as it was the only weapon able to fire self-contained cartridges and be easily carried as a backup by soldiers going off to war. The top of the barrel rib is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS." and as noted above there is no serial number on this revolver. German silver blade fixed front sight, 6-shot unfluted cylinder with the S&W 1855, 1859 and 1860 patent dates around the center. The frame has a spur trigger, three-pin top strap, blue barrel and fitted with varnished smooth two piece rosewood grips. Note the placement of the grip screw.

ConditionVery good. The barrel retains 20% original blue finish all in protected areas with a smooth mottled brown patina on the balance. The frame remains in the original unpolished factory bright and has some minor flash pitting. The grips are also very good with a small chip on the inside upper right side, some very minor lower edge wear and a few minor handling marks. The markings are clear.
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