Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 9: Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 2 Lever Action Pistol

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $11,000 - $16,000

Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 2 Lever Action Pistol

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: Volcanic
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41 Volcanic
Barrel: 8 inch part octagon
Finish: blue
Grip: rosewood
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 15
Class: Antique

This is a desirable example of one of the fewer than 500 No. 2 Larger Frame Lever Action Pistols S&W manufactured in 1854-55. The pistol has an 8 inch part octagon barrel in .41 caliber, integral 10-shot magazine, flat muzzle, pinched front sight, early round cartridge follower and screw fastened "L" shaped notch rear sight numbered to the gun. The lever has a finger spur. The top barrel flat is stamped "SMITH & WESSON/NORWICH CT./CAST-STEEL" followed by "PATENT." The serial number is on the left side of the grip frame. The correct last two digits of the serial number ("37") are stamped on the back of both grip panels. Factory engraved floral scroll patterns are featured on the receiver and side plates. Engraved leaf patterns are featured on top of the receiver, back of the hammer, and back strap. Comes with a rare original Volcanic rocket ball cartridge. These pistols are highly prized due to the limited production quantities and historical significance as a pioneering arm to both Smith & Wesson and Winchester collectors. Includes one original cartridge.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel and magazine have a smooth brown appearance. The frame has an attractive gun metal appearance. The engraving is crisp. The rosewood grips are fine with some minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine. With fewer than 500 manufactured the No. 2 S&W Lever Action is a difficult pistol to obtain in any condition and is a must have for any antique American arms collector.

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