Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 609: Smith & Wesson 38/44 Heavy Duty Revolver 38 special

Auction Date: April 29, 2016

Pre-War Smith & Wesson 38/44 Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter, Incised Pearl Grips, and Box

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

Pre-War Smith & Wesson 38/44 Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter, Incised Pearl Grips, and Box

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 38/44 Heavy Duty
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 special
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: mother of pearl
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 196
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This 38/44 Heavy Duty has a round blade front sight, frame groove rear sight and a pinned 5 inch barrel. It has the standard S&W markings including the trademark below the latch on the left side (adopted around 1936) and matching serial numbers. The grips are engraved mother of pearl. A period correct blue Smith & Wesson box is included. The included factory letter discusses the history of this model and notes that this revolver (typo on number led to additional 7 on letter) was shipped on April 29, 1949, and delivered to Shapleigh Hardware Co. in St. Louis. It also confirms the current configuration, but indicates it was originally fitted with the standard checkered walnut grips.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 97% plus bright original high polish blue finish. Displaying light handling marks, a light drag line on the cylinder and a trace of muzzle wear. The grips are very fine period replacements with a few areas of darker coloration, slight gaps at the junctions and light handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The box is fair with corner and edge wear and some tears.



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