Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 113: Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Revolver with Box

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,000

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Revolver with Box

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 44 Double Action
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 4 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Item Views: 629
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 99
Class: Antique

Introduced in 1886. Matching serial numbers on the barrel latch, barrel, cylinder, and right grip panel. Pinned round blade front sight with service rear sight and correct 1 7/16 inch cylinder. This revolver is from the collection of country music icon Hank Williams Jr. and includes a certificate of authenticity confirming his ownership. Also included is the correct model factory pasteboard box numbered "28745", which is just two digits off this revolver. Likely a mix-up that could have occurred at the point of original shipment or once in the initial distributor's inventory if both guns were present at the same time. Provenance: The Hank Williams Jr.'s Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine overall, retaining 75% plus original blue finish, areas showing some brown patination, and much of the loss concentrated on the cylinder. The grips have taken on a brown hue, a few minor dings and scratches, and worn but well-defined checkering. The box is very fine with some mild wear. Mechanically excellent.

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