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Lot 1105: Inscribed Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian Revolver

Historic Smith & Wesson No. 3 Third Model Russian Single Action Revolver with Spanish-American War Veteran Colonel D.B. Case Inscription and Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1105: Inscribed Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian Revolver

Historic Smith & Wesson No. 3 Third Model Russian Single Action Revolver with Spanish-American War Veteran Colonel D.B. Case Inscription and Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,750 - $3,750
Price Realized:

Historic Smith & Wesson No. 3 Third Model Russian Single Action Revolver with Spanish-American War Veteran Colonel D.B. Case Inscription and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 3 Russian
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 98
Class: Antique
Description:

The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver with a 6 1/2 inch barrel, nickel finish and smooth walnut grips when shipped on August 5, 1877, and delivered to M.W. Robinson of New York City. The left side of the ejector housing is engraved "Col D. B. Case/4th Pa." A period retailer or jeweler performed the inscription. As a member of the 4th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Colonel David Brainard Case was among several thousand state militia soldiers called on by the Pennsylvania governor to restore law and order to a violent labor dispute in Homestead in 1892. Known as the Homestead Steel Strike as well as the "Homestead Massacre" and "Battle of Homestead", the labor dispute was a defining moment in U.S. labor history as the incident dealt a major blow in the movement to unionize steel works. Colonel Case went on to fight in the Puerto Rico campaign during the Spanish-American War (1898). The barrel rib legend ends with "RUSSIAN MODEL." The barrel, cylinder and barrel latch feature the mismatched serial number "38303." Provenance: The Supica Collection

Rating Definition:

Good as assembled (see above), retaining 60% original nickel plating with a smooth dark patina on the balance. The grips are also good with a series of dings on the bottom. Mechanically excellent.



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