Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 618: Smith & Wesson 38/44 Heavy Duty Revolver 38 S&W special

Auction Date: April 29, 2016

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

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,100 - $1,600

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

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 38/44 Heavy Duty
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 S&W special
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: mother of pearl
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 197
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

The factory letter states this revolver was shipped on October 5, 1938 to Shapleigh Hardware Co. of St. Louis, Missouri. The letter goes on to confirm the caliber, serial number, finish, and barrel length. Fitted with a forged round blade front and frame notch rear sights, checkered casehardened hammer and a serrated trigger. The grips are mother of pearl with lightly engraved floral scroll designs. The letter states the revolver was shipped with checkered walnut grips. Includes a period correct blue Smith & Wesson box.

Rating Definition:

Very good as refinished with 95% of the blue finish. A large part of the frame has a plum cast to the color. Displaying evidence of light buffing and polishing marks, slight edge wear and general handling marks. The grips are very good with some small corner chips and inclusions. Mechanically excellent. The box is fair with corner and edge wear and general scuffs throughout.



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