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Lot 327: Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 1/2 Transition Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Ultra Rare Smith & Wesson No. 1 1/2 Transition Revolver with Factory Letter

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Ultra Rare Smith & Wesson No. 1 1/2 Transition Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 1 1/2
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32 RF
Barrel: 3 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: rosewood
Stock:
Item Views: 203
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 170
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured c.1869 as one of only some 650 produced. This revolver is a transition between the First and Second Issue Model No. 1 1/2 revolvers. The majority of these revolvers were exported to Japan, making them very rare in the United States. The included factory letter confirms the 3 1/2 inch barrel, blue finish and smooth rosewood grips. it was shipped on March 2, 1869 and delivered to J.W. Storrs, New York City, S&W sole agent from 1857 to 1869.

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 75% of the original blue finish on the steel frame , gray and brown patina on the iron barrel and cylinder mixed with some light pitting and hammer faded to a gray. The grips are very good with edge wear and small dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.



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