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Lot 3235: Japanese Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Revolver

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Rare Japanese Army Contract Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver with Shoulder Stock and Factory Letter

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Estimated Price: $3,500 - $4,750

Rare Japanese Army Contract Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver with Shoulder Stock and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: New Model No 3
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
Item Views: 322
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 138
Class: Antique
Description:

This revolver falls into the 21701-23856 serial number range of New Model No. 3s exported to Japan via Takata & Co. The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver with a 6 1/2 inch barrel, blue finish and butt swivel when shipped on December 29, 1894 and delivered to Takata & Co., Yokohama, Japan. The factory record does not indicate if the revolver was cut for a shoulder stock, but its known that the Japanese government did order a number of stocked No.3's from Smith and Wesson. The revolver was part of an order for more than 1500 units. The cylinder, barrel and barrel latch are numbered to the gun. Comes with a walnut shoulder stock featuring nickel plated attaching hardware and hard rubber S&W buttplate. Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 80% of the original nickel plating with the balance a smooth gray patina. 90% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are fine with minor handling marks and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. The stock is fine with 97% nickel remaining on the attaching hardware and minor dings and scratches.



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