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Lot 1359: S&W Model 3 Russian Commerical Reissue Revolver, Letter

Auction Date: September 8, 2018

Scarce Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian Third Model Commercial Reissue Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

Scarce Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian Third Model Commercial Reissue Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 3 Russian
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 153
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured from 1874 to 1878, this commercial example is hand stamped "REISSUE/JULY 25, 1871" at the end of the barrel rib marking. The "REISSUE" marking is rare and was added after the W.C. Dodge patent was reissued and the factory had purchased it from Dodge. The factory letter lists this revolver with the "REISSUE" marking, 6 1/2 inch barrel, blue finish, butt swivel, and smooth walnut grips when shipped on December 15, 1876, and delivered to Schuyler Hartley & Graham Co., New York City. The butt has a boxed "1874" over the serial number along with a small "P." Marching assembly numbers appear on the grip frame, barrel, and barrel latch. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The revolver retains 65% original blue finish on the frame and barrel with the cylinder a smooth brown-gray patina. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are fine with some minor-moderate handling evidence. Mechanically excellent. A solid example of a scarce S&W Model 3 Russian Revolver with "REISSUE" marking.



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