OUTSTANDING SMITH & WESSON NO. 3 FIRST MODEL RUSSIAN NEW YORK ENGRAVED SA REVOLVER
Bbl. 8″ round w/ rib & pinned blade semi-circular sight. Six shot fluted cyl. This special revolver is adorned w/ generous coverage of New York engraving. Sides of frame have vine type foliate scroll w/ punch dot backgrounds w/ complimenting wedges of scroll continuing to top of frame, cyl. as well as breech & muzzle ends of bbl. Geometric highlights are found on forward & lower portions of frame along w/ bbl. flats. Bbl. latch area has sunburst design w/ checkered sides. 2 piece carved ivory grips are hand checkered w/ raised Mexican eagle & snake on left panel.
UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: Smith & Wesson letter signed by historian Roy G. Jinks gives the following information: “We have researched your Smith & Wesson Model # 3 Russian First Model, caliber .44 S&W Russian revolver in company records which indicate that your handgun, with serial number 12960, was shipped from our factory on September 10, 1872, and was delivered to M. W. Robinson, New York City, Smith & Wesson’s largest distributor. The records indicate that this revolver was shipped with a 8 inch barrel, and nickel finish. This revolver is one of the best examples of New York engraving that I have examined. Robinson supplied a lot of engraved guns to the trade. The carved Ivory grips are the finest I have ever seen. This is one of the greatest Model 3’s in America.”