6. Superb New York Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 1 1/2 Second Issue Revolver

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serial #49662, 32 S&W, 3 1/2" round barrel with a very good bright bore that shows just a couple small spots of oxidation. This revolver not only bears superbly executed New York scroll and border engraving, but it is also finished in silver plate with gold washed cylinder, ejector rod and hammer and wears period perfectly fitting mother-of-pearl grips. The frame, barrel and cylinder are all engraved with lovely relief scroll with finely punch dot shaded background with either side of frame showing lovely large heart-shaped motifs. The borders are very well done in repetitive geometric pattern and the backstrap shows intertwined line pattern used by Nimschke and other fine period engravers. The condition of the revolver is wonderful and at first inspection it appears blued with gold washed appointments. When removing the grips the original untarnished silver is visible as it is on the face of the recoil shield. The revolver retains 98% original silverplated finish which is evenly tarnished to a pleasing, even blue color overall. The cylinder retains about 50% of its thinning original gold wash while the hammer and ejector rod show perhaps 75% thinning original gold wash. The smooth mother-of pearl grips rate excellent with no chips and fit perfectly. This is an extremely handsome Smith & Wesson revolver with fine period embellishments and in a high state of original condition. This revolver is investment quality and should be mated with a fine quality period casing. (18211-27) {ANTIQUE} (2500/3500) SOLD FOR $7,187.50

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