This is a Smith & Wesson New Model Number 3 Revolver with ivory grips and nearly full engraving in the style of Master Engraver Gustave Young. It is nickeled and in excellent condition. Serial number 101xx also has a large number "76" on butt. It is in .44 Russian caliber and in excellent working condition with fine bore on the 6 1/2" barrel. The front sight is made from a US Indian Head Penny and obviously replaced. This is an early gun with rack and gear extractor variation. The factory letter on this fine firearm states it was shipped on 8 May 1880 to M. W. Robinson, New York City, Smith & Wesson's largest distributor. It was a common practice for the Robinson Company to then handle any engraving or custom work. The gun was in a shipment of 20 units with 6 1/2" barrels and in nickel with the standard black hard rubber grips. There are no records available to prove who did this work or when it was done. In the condition that this is in it has the look that would enhance any antique arms collection. This fine gun could also be used as a great contemporary presentation piece for your boss! Why the Indian head front sight is anyone's guess.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 1014