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Lot 1291: Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Commercial Revolver

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Commercial Single Action Revolver with Holster

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,750

Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Commercial Single Action Revolver with Holster

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 3 Russian
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 366
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 238
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured from 1874 to 1878, this commercial example has the one-line rib legend ending with "REISSUE/JULY 25, 1871." The "REISSUE" marking is rare and was added after the W.C. Dodge patent was reissued and the factory had purchased it from Dodge. Matching serial numbers are on the butt, right grip panel, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. With a period leather flap holster stamped "706B" on the back. This revolver is from the collection of world famous American country singer and song writer Hank Williams Jr. and includes a certificate of authenticity confirming his ownership. Provenance: The Hank Williams Jr.'s Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining nearly 50% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are also fine with a few dings on the bottom, otherwise some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The holster is fine with some loose stitching at the toe and flex wear.



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