Manufactured in 1912, the top of the slide is marked with the two-line address, patent date, and caliber marking. The serial number is marked on the front edge of the frame along with the rare inspector's mark "(R)". It has standard features including checkered hard rubber grips with Savage logos. The included factory letter lists shipment of the pistol to Henkle, Joyce Hardware Co. in Lincoln, Nebraska on 9 October 1912, and states that the number "3305" is also included in the entry, the meaning of which is unknown. Two other notes are included that list the pistol by serial number, one stating that the pistol and box were pictured in an article by Richard Baker in the July 1971 issue of "Guns". The other note indicates that the pistol was originally purchased by C.A. Hussy, passed to his brother-in-law E.A. Ross, and was sold to Richard Baker by Dayle E. Ross in May of 1967. Includes a correctly labeled factory box, extra magazine, and two oil bottles. Provenance: The Bailey Brower, Jr. Collection, author of “Savage Pistols”
Excellent, retains 95% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina and a couple scattered patches of very light surface pitting The grips are very fine with a few scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The box is very good with some mild wear and one short end flap of the lid absent.
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