Manufactured 1861-1874, these revolvers were a very popular privately purchased sidearm during the Civil War for enlisted men and officers alike. The left side of the barrel lug is marked "BKITTREDGE&CO/CIN.O.", who was a well-known Ohio retailer during the Civil War period. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the Smith & Wesson address and the patent dates are marked on the cylinder, with the serial number on the butt. Fitted with blade and notch sights, and a pair of smooth varnished grips, the right panel numbered internally to match the gun.
Fine, retains 40% plus of the original blue finish and traces of the original case colors, both more prominent in sheltered areas, with the balance mostly a smooth brown-grey patina. The grips are very fine with a coat of period applied varnish and minimal handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
Manufactured from 1865-1868 with approximately 26,300 produced, the very low three digit serial number would indicate an early first year production. The popularity of the No. 2 Army throughout the Civil War pushed Smith & Wesson to produce a more civilian oriented model with the more potent .32 rimfire cartridge. The solution was a slightly smaller frame and a 5 shot cylinder rather than 6. Stamped "B. KITTREDGE & CO./CIN. O." on the left barrel flat. Blade front sight on solid rib barrel marked "SMITH & WESSON. SPRINGFIELD. MASS./PAT'D. APR. 3. 1855 & JULY 5. 1859". Fitted with smooth varnished grips, the right panel internally numbered to the gun.
Very good, retains 30% of the original blue finish and traces of case color patterns on the hammer with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina and a few scattered patches of very light surface pitting. The grips are very good with a period applied coat of varnish. Mechanically excellent.
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