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Lot 72: Smith & Wesson .44 DA Revolver, J. B. Featherman Inscribed

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action Revolver Inscribed to Montana Businessman J. B. Featherman with Pearl Grips and Factory Letter

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

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action Revolver Inscribed to Montana Businessman J. B. Featherman with Pearl Grips and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 44 Double Action
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 5 inch solid
Finish: nickel
Grip: pearl
Stock:
Item Views: 1080
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 76
Class: Antique
Description:

The included Smith & Wesson factory letter states that this revolver was shipped to Hibbard, Spencer & Bartlett & co. of Chicago, Illinois on June 17, 1885. It also states that no special features were listed making it a standard revolver. Matching serial numbers on the barrel latch, barrel, cylinder, and butt. The standard grips have been replaced with attractively carved pearl steer head grips and the back strap has been inscribed "J. B. Featherman". James B. Featherman joined his uncle John's mercantile business in New Chicago, Montana and helped to expand to a second location in Drummond, Montana. James acted as the Postmaster of Drummond for 28 years as the store not only supplied general goods, but housed the local post office, making him a natural choice for the position. The Feathermans sold the business in 1915 to H. J. Faust and C. N. Bassett who renamed the company Faust-Bassett Co. Included with the revolver is a photograph of the J.A. & J. B. Featherman store in Drummond from before 1915 as well as a hand written page of the company ledger. Provenance: The John Fox Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine overall, retaining 95% original nickel finish, bluing present in the protected areas of the trigger guard, some areas of oxidation, some flaking of the nickel, light muzzle wear, and slightly undersized grips. Mechanically needs work as hammer does not function properly. A great piece from a well-documented Montana businessman!



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