Lot 1425: Smith & Wesson - 2 Army
|Outstanding Cased "Two-Tone" Smith & Wesson Model 2 Old Army Revolver with Factory Letter|
|Estimated Price: $6,500 - $8,500|
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|Serial #||Manufacturer||Smith & Wesson||Model||2 Army|
|Type||Revolver||Gauge||32 RF||Catalog Page||194|
|Barrel||6 Inch Solid Rib||Finish||Blue/silver||Grip||Rosewood|
|Description||This is a magnificent example of a Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army revolver with original case. The included factory letter confirms the barrel length, two-tone blue and silver finish and rosewood grips. The revolver was part of a 75 unit shipment of this configuration and was shipped on April 29, 1865 to B. Kittredge & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. Note this revolver was shipped 20 days after Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House. These revolvers original sold for $14.50 and were popular with Union Officers and travelers heading West. The top of the barrel rib is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS." with the 6-shot unfluted cylinder marked with the 1865, 1859 and 1860 patent dates marking. The matching assembly number "XX4" appears on the rear of the barrel lug and front cylinder face with the serial number stamped on the butt. The frame has a spur trigger and three-pin top strap. As stated, the revolver is blue with silver plated frame and fitted with varnished smooth two piece rosewood grips. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. The original partitioned wooden case is lined in red velvet. The top of the lid has a blank initial plaque. Also with the revolver is a 50 round box of UMC .32 S&W CF cartridges.
|Condition||Very fine to excellent. The revolver retains 90% original blue finish showing thinning brown on high points. The frame retains virtually all of the original silver plating which is taking on an attractive age darkened appearance. The hammer retains vivid original case colors. The grips are excellent with only minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with some minor handling marks and high spot wear on the lining, the barrel partion is chipped otherwise excellent. An outstanding example of a two tone Kittredge shipped No. 2 Army.|
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