Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 187: Nimschke Engraved S&W No. 3 Russian Revolver, Pearl Grips

Auction Date: September 6, 2019

Rare, Well-Documented and Identified L.D. Nimschke Signed Panel Scene Engraved and Gold Plated Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Single Action Revolver with Pearl Grips

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $14,000

Rare, Well-Documented and Identified L.D. Nimschke Signed Panel Scene Engraved and Gold Plated Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Single Action Revolver with Pearl Grips

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: Russian
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 4 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: gold
Grip: pearl
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 104
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured from 1874 to 1878. The elaborate engraving pattern on this S&W No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Revolver was done by the 19th century's best known Master Engraver L.D. Nimschke, who signed his work "LDN" on the side plate near the engraved eagle. It is rare that we catalog work actually signed by Nimschke and that rarity is further compounded by identifying the particular smoke pull of said eagle from R.L. Wilson Book "L.D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver" on page 60. The profuse engraving consists of Nimschke's signature floral scrollwork. The masterful scrollwork is featured on the barrel sides, frame and cylinder flats and surrounds an engraved eagle on the side plate. The back strap has an entwining line and dot motif. The period shortened barrel features a replacement front sight neatly made from a Morgan silver dollar. The trigger guard spur has been removed. Matching assembly number "7389" is found on the grip frame, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch.

Rating Definition:

Very good. Generous amounts of gold plating remain on the butt and on the frame under the grip panels, otherwise scattered traces of gold in the protected areas with the balance a smooth dark gray patina. The engraving is crisp. Traces of faded case colors remain on the hammer. The grips are very good showing some chipping with a larger chip near the bottom (left panel), minor handling marks and fiery colors. Mechanically excellent. A rare example of Nimschke's signed work on a No. 3 Russian Revolver worthy of any S&W collection. Provenance: Dr. Gerald Klaz collection.



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