Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1251: Smith & Wesson No. 3 Third Model Russian Revolver

Auction Date: September 12, 2020

Nimschke New York Engraved Nickel and Gold Plated Smith & Wesson No. 3 Third Model Russian Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Nimschke New York Engraved Nickel and Gold Plated Smith & Wesson No. 3 Third Model Russian Revolver

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 3 Russian
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel/gold
Grip: antique ivory
Stock:
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 208
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured from 1874 to 1878 with this example featuring a well executed, period Nimschke shop New York engraving featuring near full coverage floral scrollwork on a punch dot background as well as cross hatching patterns. The cylinder is plated in gold, and the remaining surfaces are plated in nickel. The barrel rib has the one-line address/patent dates marking ending with "RUSSIAN MODEL". A lanyard ring is mounted on the butt. Matching assembly numbers are found on the grip frame, barrel, barrel latch and cylinder.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 75% nickel and 60% period gold plating with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The engraving is crisp. Patterns of original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The slightly shrunken grips are fine with typical age cracking, minor handling marks and attractive color and grain. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: Dr. Gerald Klaz collection.



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