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Lot 54: Montana True Crime Smith & Wesson No. 3 American Revolver

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Montana True Crime Documented Smith & Wesson No. 3 American 2nd Model Single Action Revolver with Desirable Skeleton Holster

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

Montana True Crime Documented Smith & Wesson No. 3 American 2nd Model Single Action Revolver with Desirable Skeleton Holster

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 3 American
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W American
Barrel: 8 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 1739
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 52
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured from 1872-74. Matching assembly marks on the grip frame, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. The desirable skeleton pattern shoulder holster rig designed for both concealment and a fast draw is only marked "349/44/8." Research notes handwritten by the esteemed collector John Fox indicates that the holster and period evidence tag from a Montana crime case came with the revolver when he purchased it in 1992. This evidence tag, which is also included, states that the revolver and holster belonged to George Perry. Additional information is obtained from the accompanying 1992 dated letter from the clerk of district court for the State of Montana. According to Montana court records, George Perry used "a heavy revolver" to "beat and strike and wound" Lula Holman and "inflicted grievous bodily harm upon Holman." Perry was sentenced to "not less than 18 months or more than three years" in the state prison and fined $200.00. Copies of the original court documents, including the May 1921 arrest warrant, are included. Provenance: The John Fox Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine as an authentic Montana crime artifact. The revolver shows great frontier issued character while retaining 50% original nickel finish. Mechanically needs work. The shoulder holster is fine. A very interesting piece of Montana true crime history.



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