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Lot 189: S&W .357 Registered Magnum Revolver, Letter

Auction Date: September 7, 2018

Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Magnum Double Action Revolver with Scarce 6 Inch Barrel, Factory Letter and Holster

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Magnum Double Action Revolver with Scarce 6 Inch Barrel, Factory Letter and Holster

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: Registered Magnum
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 357 magnum
Barrel: 6 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 107
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

The accompanying factory letter states this revolver was shipped with an 8 3/4 inch barrel, Patridge front sight, square notch rear sight, blue finish and checkered walnut grips with grip adaptors when shipped on June 25, 1935, and delivered to Lou J. Eppinger Co. (a nationally famous fishing lure manufacturer and Colt and S&W distributor), Detroit, Michigan. The revolver was ordered by Nathan D. Peiss of Detroit. S&W historian Roy Jinks adds in the letter that the 6 inch barrel and cockeyed hammer currently on this revolver were added after it was originally shipped from the factory in 1935. Note the barrel is numbered to the gun, and there are no factory rework markings, making it possible that the factory letter information is incorrect as to the original barrel length. "REG. 217" is stamped on the yoke. It also has pinned blade front and adjustable square notch rear sights, trigger shoe, mismatched Magna grips, and matching serial numbers on the butt, ejector shroud, and cylinder. With extra grips and rare leather Hunter cross-draw holster of the period.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The revolver retains 95% plus original blue finish showing loss at the muzzle and some minor high edge wear. The post-war Magna grips are very fine with a few minor handling marks and some wear along the tops of the checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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