693. Smith & Wesson No. 1 First Issue Revolver

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serial #7726, 22 RF, 3 3/16" ribbed octagon barrel with a fair bore showing oxidation throughout with evident rifling. The barrel and cylinder of this sixth type revolver have mostly toned to gunmetal and gray with some streaks of what appears to be some old lacquer scattered about the barrel. The cylinder and barrel show some patches of old lightly cleaned pitting, freckling and a few small dings. The barrel markings are still quite visible along with some faint remains on the cylinder. A number of the screws show some slot damage and the mainspring tension spring has backed out some. The hammer and trigger are mostly a smooth gray with a few small dings on the hammer. The brass frame is a nice pale goldenrod patina with some scattered small dings and minor staining. The smooth rosewood grips are both stamp-numbered to the gun and remain in near excellent condition retaining most of their original varnish with a little more wear on the right panel. There is a small ding and tiny crack below the escutcheon on the right panel as well. The mechanism still times well but lockup is a little spotty, barrel-to-frame fit shows a little play and the barrel and cylinder are matching the frame by assembly number. Overall a very good example of these early Smith & Wesson revolvers. (138315-216LS4-31) {ANTIQUE} [Lewis T. Steadman Collection] (700/900) SOLD FOR $690.00

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