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 The Finest Smith & Wesson 320 Revolving Rifle Known
 Over a fifty-year period, Henry M. Stewart, Jr., VMI Class
of 1935, assembled one of the world’s great antique firearm
collections. Many of the 800 pieces in the collection are one-
of-a-kind or the only known surviving example of its type,
including the air rifle carried by Lewis and Clark during their
1803 Northwest Expedition.
CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 97% original high polished
blue finish. The hammer and trigger guard retain 97% original
case colors. The grips and forearm are in equal condition with crisp
checkering. The stock is also excellent with 95% plus original blue remaining on
the attaching hardware and a few minor handling marks on the walnut. The engraving is crisp. The case is very fine showing some minor wear to the exterior and typical high spot wear on the lining. Mechanically excellent. This finest known 320 Revolving Rifle engraved by L.D. Nimschke will take center stage in any public or private S&W or firearms art collection no matter how advanced. It is a must have for the serious S&W collector! Truly a spectacular piece of S&W history that has a 75-year history of being a part of the most prominent firearms collections in America. Provenance: Henry M. Stewart (1946-1959); S. Lewis Hutcheson (1959-1967); Andrew I. McCroskie (1967-2005); Tom Lewis (2005-2007); Bobby Smith (2007-2009); David Carroll (2009-2016); Bruce Rogers (2016-2020). Estimate: 95,000 - 180,000

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