October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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The Schofield originated with the efforts of Colonel George Schofield to improve the American Model Three for military usage. Many First and Second Models , circa 1875-1877, were issued to active units, reportedly including the 4th, 9th, and 10th Cavalry. The 4th Cavalry was involved in the Geronimo campaign. The 9th and 10th comprised the famous “Buffalo Soldiers” – African American troops stationed in the American Southwest. There they fought in the Indian Wars, including campaigns against the Apaches, and served in civil disturbances such as the Lincoln County War. Many of the surplus Schofields were purchased by dealers such as Bannerman and Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. They were then offered for sale, often with the barrel cut to a handier 5" length and the gun nickel plated to withstand the rigors of Western usage. The combination of quick reloadability and big .45-caliber power made them popular with lawmen, outlaws, and others who were serious about their sidearms. Schofields were reportedly favorites of the James Gang, with serial numbers 3444 and 5476 attributed to Frank James and serial number 2341 to Cole Younger. Jesse James carried serial number 366, and serial number 273 is reported to have been used by a James Gang member, possibly Jesse. Famous lawman Bill Tilghman and Frank McLowery of O.K. Corral fame are among others who are reported to have carried Schofields. It is estimated that several hundred Schofields with the cut down 5-inch barrels were purchased by Wells Fargo to arm its messengers. The guns were marked by the company on the right side of the under barrel ejector housing by stamping over the Schofield patent. The marking reads “W.F. & COS EX” along with a re-stamping of the guns serial number. The S was dropped from the company name in 1898, and guns are found marked both ways, suggesting the period of use. It is believed that all authentic Wells Fargo Schofields known to date have serial numbers under 6000. Schofield serial number 1 was among those used by Wells Fargo. This gun is so marked, with S, on right side and appears 100% original and unmolested. The US is no longer visible on butt but the LP can be seen on barrel. Grips are handmade replacements. CONDITION: The left side plate screw is missing. One screw on barrel catch is shot. Legends fairly sharp. Something was carved into butt at one time but is light and not readable. Finish is all gray/brown patina. Gun indexes fine. Bore is very sharp. Good example of true Wild Western revolver. DB
Name
Value
Accessories
Barrel Length
5"
Caliber/Bore
.45 Schofield
FFL Status
Antique
Manufacturer
S&W
Model
Model 3 Schofield
Paperwork
Serial Number
1204
Bidding
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $2,142.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,500
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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