Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by James K2020, Jun 13, 2020.
Just spitballing here, but I would agree that your 1496 is probably an early gun in the series.
Very nice. First one I've seen with walnut grips. I have three of them, two with hard rubber grips and one with pearl grips. I suspect the pearl grips are not original. Most that I've seen have hard rubber grips, but SCSW does state that they shipped with walnut grips too.
If it is any help, the one on the left has a SN of 99XX and shipped in June of 1912. Bear in mind that S&W often did not ship in the order they were made, but it appears yours with a SN of 1496 is pretty early in the 1909 to 1920 manufacturing dates.
The last time I looked, it costs $100 for a factory letter from the S&W Historical Society. Might be worth it to you to know when it shipped.
By the way, yours looks spotless. Really terrific condition. The case hardening on the hammer and trigger says it has not been refinished. If it has, it was a first rate job.
Howdy Driftwood- I took a look at the link above and it stated that their Historical Records go back to 1920 only. I could get the Authenticity Letter but the Historical may not have any info if the gun was made prior to 1920?
This letter should list when it shipped, as well as who it shipped to, and the condition (barrel length, blued or nickeled) that it shipped with. It is a bit of a gamble to invest $100 and not know for sure what you are going to get, but I have several letters, some I sent for myself, some I got when I bought old revolvers, and they have always listed when and where it shipped, as well as what it looked like when it shipped.
By the way, I am interested in which auction house you got it from.
You can send me a PM if you don't want to publish that.
I don't mind- I live in Southern California and there are 2 antique/modern firearm auction houses in Orange County: Littlejohns and Carol Watson.
I've bought and sold through both. Its a bit of a pain out here with 10 day wait and DROS and registration and firearm safety certificate and other stuff. This one was through Littlejohn. First time I bid on an item that I didn't inspect because of the virus so went on pictures alone. I do sealed bids and then watch on ProxiBid with fingers crossed. lol
Congrats on getting one very well preserved S&W Perfected Model! Well worth the wait!
Sambar Stag, got them from Art Jewel back in the early 80s.
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