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    Frank L. Wyman, Secretary of the National Rifle Association and is attributed as gifted to Wyman upon his retirement from the NRA. Wyman was also a noted pistol competitor, making this K-32 Masterpiece the perfect retirement gift. The side plate has the factory inscription “FRANK L. WYMAN.” The accompanying factory letter states the revolver was shipped on March 2, 1951 and delivered to Wyman, Washington, D.C. with a 6 inch barrel, “Frank
L. Wyman” engraved, and target grips. In the letter S&W historian Roy Jinks
noted the special 8 3/8 inch barrel as factory and concluded it was installed
by the factory after it shipped. Wyman is believed to have personally asked for
the special extra long barrel. Standard barrel length for this model was 6 inches. The barrel is numbered to the gun (“103986”). The included S&W invoice for this revolver confirms the revolver was shipped to Wyman. The cylinder is also numbered to
the gun. Only 3,630 K-32 Masterpiece (Model 16) revolvers were manufactured
by S&W over a 26 year period starting in 1947. It is the rarest of the standard K-Masterpiece series. This is the only known K-32 Masterpiece fitted with an 8
3/8 inch barrel. Includes a presentation case featuring an empty cartridge block
and royal purple velvet lining.
CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 99% plus original blue and casehardened
finishes with the slightest handling marks. The grips are also excellent with a few minor handling marks and crisp checkering. The case is fine with replacement latches. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Dave Ballantyne Collection.
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,500
LOT 639
Presentation Cased Harry Jarvis Signed Factory Class “A” Engraved Smith & Wesson K-22 Combat Masterpiece (Pre-Model 18) Double Action Revolver - Serial no. K249667, 22 LR cal., 4 inch solid rib bbl., blue finish, goncalo alves target grips. Manufactured in 1955. This K-22 features S&W factory Class “A” engraving by master engraver Harry Jarvis and is signed by him. The scrollwork covers over three quarters of the surface, and Jarvis has signed his work on the underside of the barrel. Matching serial number on the butt, cylinder and barrel. Fitted with S&W silver medallion target grips. The S&W hardwood case contains a screwdriver and cleaning rod with mop and brush attachments. CONDITION: Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish and case colors with a light cylinder drag line, limited handling marks and crisp engraving. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with some minor handling/storage marks and some high spot wear on the lining. A Harry Jarvis signed factory engraved K-22 Combat Masterpiece Revolver that will be a great addition to your S&W or firearms art collection. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000
 LOT 638
Documented Secretary of the National Rifle
Association Frank L. Wyman Shipped and Inscribed
Smith & Wesson K-32 Masterpiece (Pre-Model 16) Double Action Revolver with Presentation Case and Factory Letter - Serial no.
K103986, 32 S&W Long cal., 8 3/8 inch solid rib bbl., blue finish, walnut grips. This K-32 Masterpiece revolver was S&W factory shipped and inscribed to
 Collector’s Fact
This is the only known Smith & Wesson K-32 Masterpiece (Pre-Model 16) revolver with an 8 3/8 inch barrel.

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