A nice S&W .32 S&W 5-shot exposed hammer nickel-plated exposed hammer revolver with 3-1/4″ barrel. Serial # 16778X. (Made pre-1897.) Very good mechanical condition with a fairly tight lock-up. Works fine in both single-action and double-action modes. Matching numbers on frame, cylinder and barrel. Bore has strong rifling, and plenty of shine. Has nice original S&W logo checkered gutta percha grips with fairly sharp checkering and no cracks or chips. Has about 80% original S&W factory nickel finish witha few losses mainly on the right side. Oddly, the hammer, trigger, appear to be blued, rather than color case-hardened, so they may have been refinished. The top latch, hammer, trigger, and triggerguard bluing are all 99%. This would make a nice Federally exempt concealed carry revolver. (URFM-816)
An original Third Model .32 S&W Safety hammerless (“Lemon Squeezer”), made circa 1896. The action locks up fairly tight and functions and operates beautifully. Has 50% original factory blued finish.(See photos.) Serial number 8668X.Has original checkered black gutta-percha grips that show slight wear, and no fading, but the right grip panel has a typical non-threatening chip at the heel pin. The bore is shiny with nice rifling! It appears that this revolver was carried a lot, but shot very little. This would make a great Federally exempt concealed carry pistol. (UGPM-811)
A Smith & Wesson First Model of 1891 single-shot .22 rimfire pistol with British proof marks!. This is one of just 862 that were manufactured between 1893 and 1905 — making it truly very rare. (Serial #: 1556X, so this was manufactured circa 1895.) Some of the parts for these pistols interchange with S&W double-action top-break revolvers. It is estimated that less than 50 of the 8″ barrel length pre-1899 examples have survived, worldwide, and of those, perhaps only a handful have British proofmarks. Condition is Antique Excellent, with a remarkable amount of original factory nickel finish, with flaking losses mainly on the barrel from holster wear. (See photos.) Has scarce original S&W gutta percha two-screw target grips that are in remarkably good condition for their age. Original factory target sights. Included is a very quaint period leather locking flap holster with the tooled initials “M.L.P.” on the flap. I’ve never seen one of these in such great condition! (ECLE -221)
Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless 3rd Model Double Action, chambered in .38 S&W. This one is in nice condition. Has 98%+ original factory nickel finish. Good working mechanical condition. 3-1/4-inch barrel. Very nice original S&W checkered black gutta percha grips. Good shootable bore. (A gray bore with some pits, but distinct rifling.) Has checkered thumb cylinder release insert and screw missing–but it is still quite usable. Pre-1899 production. These make practical concealed guns. They can be quickly reloaded with standard J-Frame speedloaders. (HPEC-557-LTII).
A Smith & Wesson .32 S&W Safety Hammerless (“lemon Squeezer’) First Model -Engraved, with period ivory grips. This is a dandy little .32 in its original un-numbered factory burgundy box that is in nice condition! These were manufactured from 1888 to 1902. This one is from an early series. (Serial # 5755X — so circa 1892.) The ivory grips are in excellent condition, showing just minor age discoloration. This revolver has 50% original nickel finish with a nice even pattern of thinning, mainly on the barrel. The period engraving is floral pattern on the barrel, top strap, frame, and even the cylinder. Excellent mechanical condition. Bore is quite nice, mostly shiny, with quite distinct rifling. All-in-all this is a dandy S&W that is both collectible and shootable. (EMPK-408)
Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Revolver with Factory Letter and Holster Rig Attributed to Montana Lawman Dr. Joseph Kumpe. Made in 1882. This revolver came from the John Fox collection. The included factory letter states that this revolver was shipped on July 17, 1882 and delivered to M. W. Robinson of New York City. We know from signed letters from one Miller Hansen that the revolver came to him from a family friend in 1925, Dr. Joseph. M. Kumpe. Kumpe was born in La Grange, Alabama and studied medicine at the Alabama Medical College, and in 1882 moved to White Sulfur Springs, Montana. There, he practiced medicine and was elected to the position of Meagher County coroner, and upon the death of the Sheriff, he was appointed to that position as well. During this time he carried out the duties of both offices. Kumpe was involved in the hanging of Henry Herbert Metzger, a murderer and subject of the article “The Strange Sombrero” from the “Pacific Northwest Quarterly” published in 1945. Kumpe is pictured in the article pronouncing Metzger dead after the hanging. Kumpe passed away on August 3, 1905 in Meagher County and was survived by his wife and three children. The revolver shows standard markings including matching serial numbers on the barrel latch, barrel, cylinder, and butt. Includes a period holster rig set up for a left-handed draw and containing 34 .44 Russian cartridges in the belt. The revolver and holster rig were reportedly used by Kumpe during his term in office as sheriff. There is also included a dossier binder of information on the revolver and the history surrounding it, including the aforementioned letters, photocopies of “The Strange Sombrero” and Kumpe’s obituary, contact prints of photos of the Metzger hanging, among other information. CONDITION: Very fine, showing 70% plus original nickel finish. There is some hazing of the nickel in areas as well as some very mild scattered oxidation. Nearly all of the blue remains on the trigger guard and 60% dull case colors on the hammer. The holster rig is also very fine with light use/storage evidence. A great piece of Montana history! (UABP-826)