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Lot 1209: Smith & Wesson Model Number One 2nd Issue Revolver

Auction Date: September 9, 2017

Smith & Wesson Model Number One 2nd Issue Revolver with Identified Civil War Union Solider Inscription and Holster

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Smith & Wesson Model Number One 2nd Issue Revolver with Identified Civil War Union Solider Inscription and Holster

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 2
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 22 RF
Barrel: 3 3/16 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/silver
Grip: rosewood
Item Views: 1042
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 126
Class: Antique

This Model One, 2nd Issue was manufactured in 1860-1861. It has the one-line barrel rib address, patent marking on the cylinder, matching assembly number on the cylinder and barrel and matching serial numbers on the butt and right grip panel. The right side of the frame is inscribed "GW Mears/C. Co. 14 Reg / NSM." A crinkle-finish pattern black leather holster of flap design lined in a soft pale-red calf skin and secured with cross threaded drawstring and copies of George Washington Mears' Civil War service records are included. Mears (b. August 6, 1834-d. June 26,1882) enlisted in Brooklyn on April 18, 1861, with C Company in the 14th Regiment New York State Militia (later the 84th New York Volunteer Infantry) and served at division headquarters, including as a clerk for Major Doubleday. He was discharged at the end 1861 and then assigned to Battery E of the 4th Regiment New York Heavy Artillery, achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant by the end January, and was detached as the 4th's adjutant. In August and September of 1862, he was listed as on the staff of Brigadier General Abner Doubleday. He served as a captain and Commissary of Subsistence in the U.S. Volunteers Commissary Dept. from September 10, 1862, until he resigned on December 19, 1863. General Doubleday fired the first Union shot during the opening battle of the Civil War at Fort Sumter and played a pivotal role in the early days at the Battle of Gettysburg. Under the command of Colonel Thomas Donnelly Doubleday, brother of General Abner Doubleday, the 4th New York Heavy Artillery was stationed in Washington D.C. to defend the capital and later joined the Army of the Potomac at the beginning of the Wilderness campaign until the final surrender at Appomattox. After leaving the service Lt. Mears lived in Brooklyn, New York until at least 1867 and by 1874 was living in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He died just short of his 48th birthday and was buried in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel and cylinder retain 60% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The frame retains 97% aged darkened original silver plating. The grips are excellent with some minor handling marks and retain most of the finish. The period holster is good with some wear and crazing with a minor tear above the fastener.

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