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Lot 1331: Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Revolver

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

German Shipped and Gastinne-Renette Parisian Retailer Marked Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Revolver with Factory Letter

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

German Shipped and Gastinne-Renette Parisian Retailer Marked Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 44 Double Action
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
Item Views: 244
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 153
Class: Antique
Description:

The factory letter lists this revolver with a 6 1/2 inch barrel, nickel finish and checkered hard rubber grips when shipped on October 3, 1892 and delivered to Markt & Co., Hamburg, Germany. The left side of the barrel has a Parisian retailer marking: "FNI PAR GASTINNE-RENETTE A PARIS". As S&W historian Roy Jinks explains in the factory letter, the German distributor would have supplied this revolver to Gastinne Renette in Paris. The revolver has the correct 1 7/16 inch cylinder, right grip panel numbered to another gun and matching serial numbers on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 98% factory Gastinne-Renette company post-inscription quality reapplied nickel finish with very limited light flaking. 90% of the case colors remain on the hammer and trigger. 70% of the blue finish remains on the trigger guard. The grips are excellent with crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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