This is a S&W Schofield Second Model Revolver that was originally purchased by the U.S. Government. Schofields were used by the U.S. Army for only a few years before being sold as surplus on the civilian market and used in the West by Wells Fargo express agents and many others. The U.S. military markings include "US" stamped on the butt, "W" and "P" stamped on the barrel and rear cylinder face and "W" on the frame. The right side of the ejector rod shroud has the Wells Fargo marking: "W.F.&CO. EX. 3436" followed by a larger "S". The barrel has been shortened during its period of use, as was common with 19th century revolvers purchased by the various express companies. Matching serial number on the butt, right grip panel and cylinder. Matching serial numbers on the butt, right grip panel and cylinder. This revolver has been pictured in the "Guns West" exhibit catalog on page 13 and David Chicoine's "Smith & Wesson Sixguns of the Old West" on pages 134-135, reported in "American Rifleman" and "True West" magazines, and displayed at the National Firearms Museum in 2008-2009. Provenance: The Supica Collection
Fine, retaining 70% period retailer applied nickel plating with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The grip is very good showing authentic heavy wear and tear from spending a lifetime in military and civilian service. Mechanically excellent.
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