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Lot 201: Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Single Action Revolver

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,000

Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Single Action Revolver

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: New Model No 3
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 204
Class: Antique

Improved design of the original Model 3 (Smith & Wesson's first top break, automatic ejection revolver produced from 1878 to 1912). Top of barrel rib is marked with the two-line address and patent dates: "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A. PAT'D JAN 17 & 24. 65. JULY 11. 65./AUG 24. 69. APR 20. 75 FEB 20. & DEC 18. 1877 REISSUE JULY 25. 1871." This model features blade front and notched rear sights. Six shot fluted cylinder with automatic ejector. Casehardened trigger guard with special order Russian style finger spur, trigger and hammer with remaining surfaces blue. Matching serial number on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. Fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the S&W logo in a circle at the top.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The revolver retains 85% blue finish on the frame and cylinder. The cylinder flats mainly have a smooth brown patina, and overall there is some muzzle and high point wear, few scratches and some minor flaking on the frame. Barrel is professionally refinished in the period of use. The hammer retains 95% bright original case colors. The trigger guard shows strong vivid original case colors in protected areas and a smooth gray patina on the balance. The grips have faded to brown and remain very fine with light handling marks and crisp checkering. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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