Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1336: Very Early Smith & Wesson No. 2 Old Army Revolver

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Extremely Early Production Two Digit Serialized Civil War Era Smith & Wesson No. 2 "Old Army" Revolver with Two Pin Top Strap

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

Extremely Early Production Two Digit Serialized Civil War Era Smith & Wesson No. 2 "Old Army" Revolver with Two Pin Top Strap

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 2 Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32 RF
Barrel: 6 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: rosewood
Stock:
Item Views: 328
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 154
Class: Antique
Description:

This S&W No. 2 Old Army revolver manufactured in 1861 has two pins (as apposed to three pins in later production) in the top strap and the extremely low serial number, 32. Many of the No. 2s in this early range saw hard use during the Civil War, but this example is extremely fine. Serial no. 32 is on the butt as well as on the right grip panel. Matching assembly numbers are on the grip frame, barrel and cylinder. The barrel rib has the early one-line Springfield address. This cataloger, a student of S&W revolvers for almost 40 years, has never seen a two-digit serial number Model 2 Army that even remotely comes close to the high condition of this revolver.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine, retaining 90% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown and some light spotting on the balance. The grips are fine with minor dings and scratches, slight high edge wear and most of the original varnish remaining. Mechanically excellent. A high condition, extremely early production S&W No. 2 Army Revolver, serial number 32, that will make a fine addition to any S&W or Civil War collection.



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