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Lot 291: Australian Contract Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Revolver

Auction Date: December 4, 2020

Rare Australian Contract Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver with Holster, Matching S&W Shoulder Stock and Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,000

Rare Australian Contract Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver with Holster, Matching S&W Shoulder Stock and Scabbard

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: New Model No 3
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 2 4/10
Barrel: 7 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 252
Class: Antique
Description:

Only approximately 310 Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Australian revolvers were manufactured, all with nickel finish, 7 inch barrels, and detachable shoulder stocks. They were shipped to Australia for the Southern Australian Colonial Police and carried in holster and scabbard on horseback in the wild Australian outback. It has the two-line barrel rib marking ending with the reissue patent date, an Australian broad arrow stamped on the butt, and matching serial numbers on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. As seldom found, the S&W stock is matching numbered to the gun and has an Australian broad arrow, nickel plated hardware and S&W hard rubber buttplate. The leather flap holster is marked with an Australian broad arrow proof along with the rack number "79" on the inside of the flap. The leather stock scabbard is stamped with an Australian broad arrow and the rack number "77" on the inside.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 70% plus original nickel plating with the balance a smooth gray patina. 90% original case colors remain on the hammer, and traces of original case colors remain on the trigger guard. The grips are good with minor handling marks and some worn checkering. Mechanically excellent. The stock is fine with 97% plus original nickel remaining on the attaching hardware and minor-moderate handling marks on the walnut. The holster and scabbard are very good with minor flex wear and handling/storage marks. The holster toe plug is partially attached, otherwise the stitching is tight overall. A complete and all matching original New Model No. 3 Australian set. Provenance: Dr. Gerald Klaz collection.



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