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1884 Smith & Wesson .44 Caliber Double Action Revolver with Incredible Provenance

Lot Number 223

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From the lionized gunslingers of the Wild West to the lawlessness of the gangsters of the 1930s, Smith & Wesson revolvers were the preferred guns employed by both sides of the law. Presented is a magnificent relic that spanned all the violent turmoil of America’s sordid past - an 1884 Smith & Wesson .44 caliber Double Action First Model Revolver with incredible provenance. The offered piece was once the sidearm of William Lloyd, sheriff of Triangle, Virginia, in the 1930s and 1940s. It is likely that in the era of the gangster and brazen outlaw, this trusted sidearm was drawn on more than one bandit. It is known that men like Al Brady and the Brady Gang traveled through this area in Virginia and may have looked down the barrel of this gun. The gun shows wear consistent with the daily use of a sheriff. The nickel finish has been worn away from holstering the weapon. The barrel has mild pitting, and the handle is in excellent condition. The trigger mechanism and action of the gun are in perfect order. The gun was handed down through the family for decades, and our consignor (the sheriff’s great-grandson) is ready to part with this family heirloom. Additional provenance accompanies in the form of a letter from the “Office of Smith & Wesson Revolver Manufactures” detailing the history of this particular revolver through the manufacturer’s record. The letter is signed by the company historian, Roy Jinks. All told, this 6” barrel pistol is a fine piece of American history as well as a great conversation piece. For those wondering, the .44 caliber S&W cartridges are no longer commercially available. Along with the gun, the lot contains the original letter from Smith & Wesson, a handsome carrying case and a pair of vintage leather holsters (one stamped “US” and the other “U.S.M.C.).

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