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Extremely Fine Cased Smith & Wesson
Model 3 Russian First Model Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter
- Serial no. 9996, 44 S&W Russian cal., 8 inch solid rib bbl., blue finish, antique ivory
checkered grips. The accompanying factory letter states that this revolver was shipped on June 24, 1872, as part
of a 120 gun shipment to M.W. Robinson Co. of New York City with an 8 inch barrel and smooth walnut grips. The revolver is currently fitted with period checkered grips
that were likely supplied by the M.W. Robinson Company. The back of both grip panels are marked with the partial gun serial number “996.” This example has the standard half-moon front and notch rear sights, the one-line address
and patent marking followed by “RUSSIAN MODEL” on the rib, lanyard ring on the butt and the matching assembly number “B45” on the cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. The fitted case contains a cartridge block holding 12 cartridges, screwdriver featuring a handle that matches the revolver grips, oiler and cleaning rod with screw-on attachment. CONDITION: Extremely fine. The revolver retains 90% bright original high polish blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The hammer and trigger guard retain 90% original case colors. The grips are fine showing some age cracking on the bottoms and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with the closure latches removed, minor handling/storage marks and typical high spot wear on the lining. A cased Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian First Model revolver that is seldom encountered in
this high of condition. Estimate: 10,000 - 16,000

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