Introduced in 1878, this revolver falls within one of the serial ranges known to include New Model No. 3s shipped to Takata & Co. of Yokohama for delivery to the Japanese Navy. A few within the 23000 serial number range are also known to have been purchased by the Australian government. Matching serial numbers are on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. Comes with a period correct and proper scarce shoulder stock numbered to a different gun and featuring nickel plated attaching hardware and hard rubber S&W buttplate. Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection
Very fine, retaining 80% original nickel finish with the balance a smooth gray patina mixed with a few patches of pitting. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are excellent with some minor handling evidence (mostly towards the bottoms) and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The stock is very fine with 97% original nickel finish remaining, some paint splattering on right side and minimal handling marks. Provenance: Dr. Gerald Klaz collection.
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