Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 594: Factory Engraved and Inlaid Smith & Wesson Model 49 Revolver

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Rare Special Order Cased, Signed, Factory Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Smith & Wesson Model 49 Double Action Revolver with Case and Box Inscribed to Hank Williams Jr.

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $15,000 - $25,000

Rare Special Order Cased, Signed, Factory Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Smith & Wesson Model 49 Double Action Revolver with Case and Box Inscribed to Hank Williams Jr.

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 49
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 S&W special
Barrel: 3 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/gold
Grip: original
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 388
Class: Modern Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1981 and fabulously deluxe custom engraved to the specifications of country music icon Hank Williams Jr. This rare special order 3 inch Model 49 features near full coverage floral scroll engraving with areas of matted background and what appears to be a satyr on the right of the frame and an eagle head on the left. Single gold bands at the muzzle and rear of the cylinder, gold inlaid "HANK WILLIAMS JR." down the back strap, a relief gold inlaid bust of Hank Williams Sr. in the most recognized image of his career; wearing a 1950s pinstripe suit while seated on stage playing guitar, and skeletonized trigger guard chiseled in the form of a guitar. The engraver's signature is below the relief inlay and reads "ENGR./BY/D. JOAQUIM". The grips are incised and the right panel bears a gold inlaid treble clef. Includes a leather-bound book display case, original box, 1981 dated shipping invoice, and certificate of authenticity confirming Williams' ownership. Provenance: The Hank Williams Jr.'s Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 99% original blue and gold finishes, limited handling evidence, and slight aged hue to the cylinder. The grips have some minor discoloration, otherwise they are excellent. The case and box are both very fine with minor storage type wear. A wonderful opportunity to own a very attractive and rare special order "Family Tradition" Smith & Wesson made for and owned by Country Music Icon Hank Williams Jr.



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