October 30 - November 2, 2018 Firearms, Militaria, & Sporting
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/30/2018
This is referred to as a large frame Navy pistol; also referred to as the holster model. The 8" pistol held ten round of the No. 2 Smith & Wesson Volcanic .41 cartridges. Serial number of this gun can be found inside of both sideplates, lever, internal links, inside both grip panels, and inside the frame under grips. Left side of trigger guard is stamped with "H". The placement of the serial numbers and "H" is illustrated on page 56 in the book "Volcanic Firearms" by Lewis and Rutter. Stamped "VOLCANIC REPEATING ARMS CO PATENT NEW HAVEN CONN. FEB. 14 1854". It is a full strike. Differences in barrel stamps can be found on page 58. Single hook extractor; first style ejection port variation, left example page 58; single fixed blade wind drift adjustable rear sight, page 61; brass cone front sight, page 54. Volcanic Company replaced Smith & Wesson in July of 1855 and was reorganized as the new Haven Arms Company in 1857 which indicates this firearm was only available under this name for three years. CONDITION: All steel parts are a dark, deep patina, very smooth with no damage. Brass frame has never been cleaned. Original varnished grips are excellent with some added finish and a few minor bruises. Every screw is slightly marred. Barrel legends and edge are razor sharp. Muzzle is true with no holster wear. Fully operational. Bore is remarkable; razor sharp lands and shiny grooves. This is an exceptionally nice example with the attic-find homogenous look so desired by collectors. Great Volcanic marked Volcanic.
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.38 RF
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Minimum Bid: $6,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $12,000.00
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Friday, November 2, 2018.
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