Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 568: Club Gun Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector Triple Lock Revolver

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Rare Inscribed Zero Serial Number "Club Gun" Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector First Model Triple Lock Double Action Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,500

Rare Inscribed Zero Serial Number "Club Gun" Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector First Model Triple Lock Double Action Revolver

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 44 Hand Ejector
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W special
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 566
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 380
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

S&W Zero prefix serial numbered guns, such as this revolver, were referred to as "Club Guns" as many were shipped to clubs for shooting prizes and to notable shooters and S&W company personnel. The left side of the frame is inscribed "JOSEPH E. RHODES/JAN-12-1921." At the time of this writing, Joseph E. Rhodes remains unidentified. The inclusion of a date in the inscription suggests that this revolver was a shooting prize. Right grip panel numbered to a different gun. Matching serial numbers on the butt, cylinder, and ejector shroud. Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 85% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance along with muzzle and high edge wear. 95% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger. The grips are excellent with some scattered minor handling marks and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.



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