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  LOT 312
Desirable and Exceptionally
Fine Smith & Wesson Number 3
Russian 1st Model
   Single Action Revolver with Pearl Grips, Box and Factory Letter - Serial no. 15484, 44 S&W Russian cal., 8 inch solid rib bbl., nickel
finish, pearl grips. Offered here is an exceptionally fine S&W No. 3 Russian 1st Model commercial revolver
with box. Also known as the “Old,
Old Model Russian Revolver”, these
revolvers were developed for the
Russian Government in 1871 and
manufactured until 1874. The total production of the commercial
First Model Russian was 5,165. These revolvers were identical to the Number 3 American except chambered for the 44 S&W Russian cartridge and the “RUSSIAN MODEL” marking on the address. The top of the barrel rib is marked “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD. MASS. U.S.A. PAT. JULY.10.1860. JAN.17. FEB. 17. JULY.11.65 & AUG.24.69. RUSSIAN MODEL”. The serial number is marked on the butt and both grip panels, and the matching assembly marking “H95” appears on the right side of the grip frame, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. It has pinned blade front and notch rear sights, lanyard ring on the butt, casehardened hammer and trigger guard, nickel plated barrel, cylinder and frame and pearl grips. Comes with an unmarked period S&W factory green box. The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver with an 8 inch barrel and smooth walnut grips when shipped on December 12, 1872 and delivered to M.W. Robinson of New York City. This shipment was for 60 revolvers in both blue and nickel finishes, as was standard practice for the Robinson Co.
CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. The revolver retains 95% plus mellow original nickel finish showing some minor high edge wear mostly on the cylinder. Strong original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are excellent with some minor scratches and highly attractive color. Mechanically excellent. The box is fine with repaired corners and some minor wear. A truly exceptional, untouched and all original 1st Model
Russian in the box, one of a kind!
Estimate: 6,000 - 8,500
LOT 313
Exceptional Factory Panel Scene Engraved Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Medium Frame Spur Trigger Revolver - Serial no. 9408, 38 CF cal., 5 1/2 inch solid rib bbl., nickel finish, hard rubber grips. Manufactured from the late 1870s to 1880s. This example features a rare and extensive factory floral and scroll engraving along with a landscape panel scene on the left side plate. The serial number is on the butt, and the assembly number “9115” is on the grip frame, cylinder and barrel. It has the two-line H&A address/patent dates marking on the rib, loading gate, two-line MH&Co. address on the left side of the frame, “38 CAL” on the right side of the frame, lanyard ring on the butt, and dog head embossed grips. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 95% original nickel finish with flaking on the balance. The engraving is crisp. The grips are excellent with crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 3,000 - 4,000

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