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Item #43099

Pre Civil War Smith & Wesson. 1 First Issue w/ Ivory Grips

  • Maker: S&W
  • Model: No. 1
  • Caliber: .22

  • Description: Serial #9654, 22 Rim Fire, 3 3/16 barrel with a very lightly oxidized bore showing strong rifling. This is an antique Smith & Wesson Model No. 1, first issue, sixth type revolver featuring ivory grips with generous amounts of the original silver plate remaining on the frame with all matching numbered parts. The barrel of this sixth type revolver has toned mostly to gray with lighter streaks of original blue interspersed. The cylinder is lightly cleaned to gunmetal gray with scattered pitting and handling marks. The brass frame retains about 80-85% original silver plate that has tarnished to a nice even smoky gray patina with scattered areas of wear and a few handling marks. The top strap is a later replacement as is the grip screw. The initials WHBW are hand scratched into the backstrap. The grips are lovely well aged ivory, mostly cream colored with darker streaks and dark fine age checks. The action functions mechanically with correct timing and good lock up when cocked, the cylinder stop does not hold consistently with the hammer down. The hammer spur has been cut down and shows rough tool marks. The barrel is tight with on a subtle hint of play. A fine to near excellent example of this desirable No. 1 the model that started it all off. Antique