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Lot 1299: Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 Second Issue Single Action Revolver

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 Second Issue Single Action Revolver Inscribed to Robert S. Chew

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,500

Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 Second Issue Single Action Revolver Inscribed to Robert S. Chew

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 1
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 22 RF Short
Barrel: 3 1/4 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/silver
Grip: rosewood
Stock:
Item Views: 295
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 240
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured between 1860 and 1868. The sideplate is inscribed "R.S. Chew/U.S.N." for Robert S. Chew who was the aide to Secretary of War William H. Seward who served under Lincoln early in the war. Chew was tasked with discovering the fate of Fort Sumter at the onset of the war under direct orders from Lincoln and Seward. Chew worked for the State Department for 40 years and rose to the position of Chief Clerk.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 90% original silver plating, traces of the original blue in the protected areas, some spotting, and mild handling evidence. The wood is also very fine with mild wear. Mechanically excellent.



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