Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 41: Engraved Hopkins & Allen XL No. 3 Revolver with Box

Auction Date: December 4, 2020

Exceptional Engraved Hopkins & Allen XL No. 3 Spur Trigger Revolver with Pearl Grips Scarce Factory Box

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Exceptional Engraved Hopkins & Allen XL No. 3 Spur Trigger Revolver with Pearl Grips Scarce Factory Box

Manufacturer: Hopkins & Allen
Model: XL3
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32 RF
Barrel: 2 3/4 inch octagon
Finish: nickel
Grip: pearl
Item Views: 1869
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 35
Class: Antique

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.

Rating Definition:

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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