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Lot 308: Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson 44 DA Frontier Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Excellent Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson 44 Double Action Frontier Revolver with Pearl Grips, Box and Factory Letter

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Estimated Price: $6,000 - $8,500

Excellent Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson 44 Double Action Frontier Revolver with Pearl Grips, Box and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 44 Double Action
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44-40 Win
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Item Interest: Average
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Catalog Page: 164
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1889, this 44 Double Action Frontier revolver was a Special Engraved Edition which features S&W Factory "Style #3" floral scroll and punch dot engraving by Oscar Young, son of Gustave Young. The top of the barrel rib is marked with the two line address/patent dates, and the matching serial number is marked on the butt, rear face of the cylinder, on the barrel latch and on the top strap under the latch. The revolver is finished in nickel with a blue trigger guard and barrel latch and casehardened trigger and hammer. Pinned blade front and notch rear sights and fitted with smooth two piece pearl grips with gold S&W medallions. The accompanying factory letter verifies the serial number, Special Engraved Edition, caliber, 5 inch barrel, nickel finish and that it was shipped May 22, 1889 to G.O. Lawton, address unknown. The letter does note that the revolver had checkered hard rubber grips when it was shipped and that the monogrammed pearl grips were not available until after 1893. The revolver is accompanied by the correct factory box with the matching serial number written in pencil. Only a very small number of the .44/40 DA Frontier Models were factory engraved.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The revolver retains 95% of the original nickel finish with overall scattered minor flaking and some muzzle wear. The trigger guard retains 90% of the original bright blue finish with some thinning. The trigger and hammer retain 90% original case colors. The grips are also excellent with a small chip on the lower left side and a few minor handling marks. The markings and engraving remain clear and crisp. The action is excellent. The extremely rare original box is very fine, showing some corner wear.

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