265. Superb Smith and Wesson No. 1 Second Issue ''Second Quality'' Revolver

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serial #77514, 22 short, 3 3/16'' barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is an extremely minty example of these scarce little Smiths which comes in a lovely period French fitted wooden presentation case with engraved presentation plate on lid. The barrel is marked on both sides of its lug ''2D QUALITY'' and the revolver has matching serial number on the frame and inside of grips with matching assembly code ''KK5'' on back of barrel, face of cylinder and right side of grip frame. The barrel and cylinder retain about 97% original blue with just a tiny amount of light flaking and with those spots showing a pleasing smooth brown patina. The frame shows 98% plus original silverplated finish which has a pleasing medium tarnish overall. The only apparent flaw for this to be sold as a second quality piece are some casting pits on the sideplate, aside from those this revolver is finished as nicely as any other. The two-piece rosewood grips rate excellent with 99% original finish remaining. There is a tiny crack in the bottom of right panel - it is barely noticeable and very sound. The revolver comes in a hinged walnut case which is French fitted and lined in blue cloth with matching recesses on the lid and bottom which close to hold the revolver firmly in place. The lid of the case has a presentation plate on the lid which reads ''V.J. Reece / Florence Mass etts / 1864''. The Massachusetts abbreviation is interesting with the subscript ''etts'' which this writer has never seen before. The condition of the case is just as minty as the rest of this gun. According to the consignor's notes, this revolver was once part of the Buddy Hackett collection. An absolutely top shelf example of the scare 2nd Quality No. 1 Second Issue. (19009-8) {ANTIQUE} (2000/3000) Sold For 3565.00

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