Original U.S. Smith & Wesson 2nd Model American No. 3 Engraved Revolver with Walrus Ivory Grips – Serial 18942
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Original Item: Only One available. This is an amazing find! Every young “Old West” fans dream: A real Cowboy Six-shooter! This is a beautiful and very significant U.S. Smith & Wesson First Model American No.3 Revolver made around 1872-1874. It is nearly fully engraved on the frame and cylinder, and it is fitted with some lovely aged custom grips, which are made from Walrus Ivory.
Serial number records for Smith & Wesson revolvers are not available, but we suspect that the revolver was shipped to New York City, possibly to SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM the very prestigious outfitters founded in 1854.
The revolver is beautifully engraved in the very characteristic style of the then premier gun engraver GUSTAV YOUNG, who did work for the SAMUEL COLT COMPANY itself, and also at SCHUYLER, HARTLEY AND GRAHAM. If you google GUSTAV YOUNG and go to photographic images many examples of his very characteristic engraving style on multiple Colt and other revolvers show the exact engraving we have here on this example.
The S&W Model No. 3 was introduced in 1869 as the U.S. Army’s principal sidearm, which they used until 1873. The serial number on this example is 18942, found on the bottom of the grip. Assembly…