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Lot 1236: S&W No. 3 American 2nd Model Revolver Inscribed to Louis Timmer

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Smith & Wesson No. 3 American 2nd Model Single Action Revolver Inscribed to Louis Timmer

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Smith & Wesson No. 3 American 2nd Model Single Action Revolver Inscribed to Louis Timmer

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 3 American
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W American
Barrel: 5 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: antique ivory
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 190
Class: Antique

This model was only manufactured from 1872 to 1874. The front sight has been added and the barrel has been shortened during its time of use. Provision for a lanyard ring (filler screw) is present on the butt. Matching assembly numbers are found on the grip frame, cylinder, barrel latch and barrel. The back strap is inscribed "Louis Timmer." Research shows Louis Timmer (1835-1919) is recorded as buried in San Antonio and appears to have been a German immigrant from Hanover who was the proprietor of multiple saloons/hotels in the Southwest in the late 19th century. His establishments included at least: "Timmer House" (formerly the Exchange Hotel) in Silver City, New Mexico, Armjijo Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Southern Hotel in San Antonio. He also had some claims in the silver mining district in New Mexico. Timmer Way in Silver City is named for him. Provenance: Formerly of the Dr. Gerald Klaz collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 90% original nickel finish with high edge wear and flaking on the balance. The grips are fine with typical age cracking on the bottoms, minor handling evidence and attractive mellow aged appearance. Mechanically excellent.

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