This late 19th century revolver has outstanding scroll and line engraving covering a high percentage of the metal surfaces. The design on the left side plate is particularly noteworthy and includes a disgorging bestial mask. The "figure 8" style scroll patterns between the cylinder flutes are also very interesting. Matching serial numbers are located on the barrel, cylinder, and inside of the grips. The trigger also appears to have the matching number and the assembly number "Z" that is also found on the barrel. The barrel has a round blade front sight, and the top strap has an integral notch rear sight and "HOPKINS & ALLEN MFG. CO./XL. No. 3/PAT. MAR. 28. 1871. APR. 27. 1875." It is fitted with a lovely pair of pearl grips. The included box has a "No./3" and "X.L. Revolver./32 Cal./New Model./RIM FIRE." label on the left and a similar "X.K. No. 3. Revolver./NEW MODEL./32 CALIBRE./RIM FIRE." label on top. The box is not numbered.
Excellent with 98% plus original nickel plating, crisp engraving, insignificant handling and storage marks, and a few slight spots of discoloration on the grip straps. The grips are excellent aside from a few slight chips at the edges and minor handling wear. Mechanically excellent. The box is very good and has some flaking of the labels and mild storage wear overall. This is easily one of the finest Hopkins & Allen revolvers extant and would make a great addition to any antique firearms collection. Provenance: The John Fox Collection.
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