177. Lovely Factory Oscar Young Engraved Smith and Wesson Model 1899 Target Revolver Belonging to Industrialist Newland Depauw

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serial #20802, 38 Special, 6 1/2'' barrel with a very good bore which shows sharp rifling but with scattered light oxidation and light pitting. The metal surfaces of this lovely Target Model revolver retain about 95% original blue, the loss is due to some even toning to plum and pleasing pewter gunmetal beneath. There is wear at the muzzle, straps and bow of guard with even wear on the high points of the cylinder. The hammer shows some vibrant original color case-hardening, the trigger is muting more with its right side showing some light oxidation staining and perhaps some tiny pits. The arm is equipped with a Paine beaded front sight and a simple u-notch rear and has a factory installed a lanyard loop. Oscar Young has embellished the arm with top-quality tight flowing scroll over 90 to perhaps near 95% of its surfaces, with very fine background punch dot shading. The quality of the engraving is superb and the arm is very attractive. The gun wears a pair of factory mother-of-pearl grips with recessed S&W medallions which retain nearly all of their gold-tone wash. The factory records indicate shipment to ''N.T. DePauw'' of Albany Indiana in April 1902; interestingly this arm is at the end of the Coast Guard contract, a consecutively serial numbered gun engraved for the captain of the Cutter Service itself. Col. Newland Talbot DePauw was the son of Washington Charles DePauw for whom DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, is named. He served on the staff of Gov. W. T. Durbin earning the rank of Colonel. The DePauw family was known throughout the Midwest for their wealth and philanthropy, Newland an industrialist with commercial and real estate interests in Indiana, but also who was a gentleman farmer in Haymarket, Virginia. It stands to reason just such a gentleman would have just such a revolver. Col. DePauw died suddenly on September 15, 1913, apparently from ''a stroke and apoplexy'' at age 57. A very fine Young-engraved Smith & Wesson 1899 Target model. (38840-105) {C&R} [Roy Jinks Collection] (5000/7000) Sold For 4600.00

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