Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3209: Forehand & Wadsworth New Model Army Single Action Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Scarce and Desirable Forehand & Wadsworth New Model Army Single Action Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Scarce and Desirable Forehand & Wadsworth New Model Army Single Action Revolver

Manufacturer: Forehand & Wadsworth
Model: Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 388
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 150
Class: Antique
Description:

Sullivan Forehand and Henry Wadsworth each married one of Ethan Allen's daughters and were part of E. Allen & Co. until they restructured the business as Forehand & Wadsworth upon Allen's death in 1871. As with Allen's firearms, their guns were high quality weapons, that rival or even outclass the Colt Single Action Army, as is made clear by this example which is still a solid firearm after nearly a century and a half. These New Model Army revolvers were improved versions of the mid-1870s Old Model. Fewer than 1,000 are estimated to have been manufactured in the late 1870s to 1880s. It has standard markings and features and the matching serial number is marked on the butt, rear face of the cylinder, and inside each grip panel. The butt is fitted with a lanyard ring.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 50% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina and a few scattered patches of light pitting. The grips are also fine with some scattered light handling marks. Mechanically excellent.



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