Horst Held * Antique Handguns
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made before 1899

the best information about Smith & Wesson products
is the book by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas.


  Rollin White for S&W


S&W Model 3 Single Action Revolver, serial # 26158, caliber .44 Russian, 6½"  ribbed barrel with pinned front sight, on top maker's name and patent dates, original glossy blue circa 90% remaining, perfect hard rubber grips, in good working order and excellent condition. Flayderman's # 5G-125 "standard model with patent dates." A rare specimen in this condition!    $ 4,250.

hammer cocked

with elevator up

FEB. 14. 1854


hammer cocked + elevator up

6 shot-magazine with spring


Smith and Wesson repeating pistol No. 1, forerunner of the Volcanic and Winchester,
serial # 50, caliber .31, 4" barrel with 40% factory brown remaining and good markings, crisp factory engraving  lever action, bag shaped grips with 70% original varnish. Flayderman's # 5K-005: "1,200 made."
In fine condition and good working order, extremely desirable and much harder to find that the later brass framed Volcanic. These pistols were numbered 1 - 100, and then started over, but a letter was next to
the number. Therefore this is # 50 with no letter, so was the 50th pistol built. It is in better condition that most of the Volcanic pictured in Lewis and Rutter's book, Volcanic Firearms.     $15,000.

Cartridges designed for early Smith and Wesson (later Volcanic Arms) They are deeply concave-based lead cartridges containing powder
and primer within their bases.


297, slotted for shoulder stock

9133 inside grip

S&W Model 3 First Model Single Action  American, serial # 297 with mismatched numbers,
caliber .44 S&W American, 8" ribbed barrel with pinned front sight, company name and patent dates 1860 - 1869, bluing is mostly replaced with patina,
however the inscriptions are sharp, good fitting plain wooden grips,
the top-break revolver has the provision for a shoulder stock: grip frame is factory cut for shoulder stock with a hole at the top of the backstrap and a ⅞� long slot in the butt.
  In good working order and in very good condition. Flayderman's # 5G-101,   

5407 on cylinder

Smith & Wesson Double Action Frontier, top break revolver, serial # 2854, caliber .44 Russian with 1 7/16" cylinder with # 5407, 4" ribbed barrel with pinned front sight
and clearly visible 2-line maker's inscription with patent dates. The bore with rifling in good condition/ The nickel plating is almost 100% remaining. The hammer, trigger and guard are blued, 
perfect hard rubber grips with S&W monogram, in good working order and fine condition, Flayderman's # 5G-142,  



S&W Double Action Frontier revolver, early matching serial # 5291, caliber .44 Russian with 1 7/16" cylinder, 6" ribbed barrel with S&W address and patent dates,
original glossy blue about 98% remaining, good case hardening on hammer and trigger, beautiful pearl grips, fine bore and perfect function. In this exceptional condition certainly a rare model.
Flayderman's # 5G-142.

a .45 Schofield halfway inserted


S&W Schofield revolver military issued, matching serial# 4600, caliber .45 Schofield, 7" ribbed barrel with correct front sight,
left and right side maker's inscription and excellent U.S. army acceptance cartouches in both grip panels, plus clear U.S. stamp on butt.
With circa 70% original blue and in good working corder, in NRA fine condition. Flayderman's # 5G-155,
S&W factory letter included: "The Model 3 Schofield became an important Western legend and saw use in many important Western battles. It was popular with law men and cowboys on the Western Frontier because of its ability to be rapidly reloaded.... shipped to U.S. Government on October 12, 1876."
Rare encountered revolver in this condition.





Smith & Wesson model No. 1 first issue revolver, serial # 6283, .22 rim-fire, 3 3/16" ribbed octagonal barrel with an about good bore which shows strong rifling. The barrel retains a nice 40 - 45% original bright blue, the balance flaking to a pleasing smooth plum brown beneath, showing a lightly scattered spot or two of oxidation; the ejector spud retaining nearly all its original blue. The 7-shot cylinder has toned primarily to a warm brown with a bit of light pinprick pitting and some traces of original blue. The frame is primarily a pleasing ocher patina retaining about 25% original. The smooth walnut grips rate very good plus with much original varnish and only light handling marks with wear primarily along the butt edges, they are stamp-numbered to the revolver. Barrel-to-frame fit is very tight and seems to function well mechanically.
Really a very nice sixth type No. 1 first issue overall
, Flayderman's #  5G-006    sold

New Model 3 Target Single Action Revolver .32-44












S&W New Model 3 Target Single Action Revolver,
atching serial # 1074, caliber .32-44, 6½" ribbed barrel with maker's name and patent dates1865 - 1877 and adjustable target sights,
1 7/16" cylinder, hard rubber grips with monogram impression,
was nickel plated and now it is deeply and skillfully engraved in a very unique pattern.
In good working order and fine condition. Flayderman's # 5G-134: early variation with patent dates and shorter. 
With the revolver comes a very rare original UMC carton containing 19 cartridges.   $4,000.

According to Brandt's Handbuch der Pistolen- und Revolver-Patronen: The .32-44 Smith & Wesson cartridge dates back to 1886 - 1887.
It was designed when target shooting came into vogue during the 1880's.
The assumption that the gap in revolvers reduces the precision was proved wrong by some good target shooters.
In December 1886 the marksman Paine was the first to shoot with a S&W target revolver in caliber .32-44.


A very rare U.S. government issued Smith & Wesson single action revolver, second issue (Flayderman's # 5G-070) early # 1321, caliber .38, 3�" ribbed barrel with pinned front sigh and two-line maker's inscription on top flat, about 75% original nickel remaining, factory pearls grips, On butt stamped with U.S. This is one of the very few sold to the government to be used by the army. But the army didn't like the small caliber and the revolver were given to the U.S. Marshal's office and were used during 1870s - 1880s.  The revolver came from the collection of U.S. Marshal John Snap Oakes, Louisiana. Very few of the marked revolvers were sold by the government and are very rare.  There is a chip missing on the bottom left grip and the revolver doesn't function properly.
However, the rare antique looks impressive!   

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