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Smith & Wesson Model 1 2nd Issue

Bid To:  $1,000  |  Ended On: 12/13/2023
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Details From The Safe

Seller: lumberjack2

Company Name: Prescott Collectibles

Location: Prescott, AZ

Lot #: 19

Known Details

Caliber: .22 Short Black Powder

Finish: Blue & Silver Plated

Grips: Rosewood

Barrel Length: 3 3/16"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Antique

Serial No: 17537

2nd Issue Model 1

Sellers FFL Type: Type 01 FFL

Shipping: Fedex : $50.00

Payment Methods: Credit Card Fee 3%, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check (7 Day Shipment Hold)

Inspection Period: 3 Day - No Fire

Taxes: AZ Sales Tax 8.35%

This Smith & Wesson Model 1 is a 2nd Issue and is chambered in .22 short black powder cartridge. This tip up single action revolver holds 7 rounds. The S&W Model 1 holds the title as the first commercially successful revolver to use a rimfire cartridge. This early rimfire cartridge revolver was a revolutionary step for firearms and a huge step forward for Smith & Wesson that gave them a virtual monopoly on cartridge revolvers after the expiration of Colts patent in 1856. The Model 1 was brought to life in 1857 through a patent held by a former Colt Employee, that Colt showed no interest in. Production spanned decades from 1857 to 1881 and the Model 1 saw a few variations. The 2nd issue production dates were around 1860 – 1868. 

Smith & Wesson Model 1 2nd Issue

This Model 1 wears is 3-3/16” octagonal barrel finished in blue, a non-fluted blue cylinder and dark rosewood grips. The 2nd issue is known for its flat-side silver-plated brass frame. The blue finish throughout barrel and cylinder shows its high polish still with minor handling marks for its age. The silver plating on the frame shows age darkened silver and is in excellent condition.

Smith & Wesson Model 1 2nd Issue octagon barrel

The top of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS”. The Cylinder carries two patent dates “PATENTED APRIL 3, 1855 & JULY 5, 1859” The frame has what is known as the large irregular shaped side plate. Right grip panel is numbered to the gun and the butt of the Model 1 shows the serial number “17537”.

Cylinder patented dated on S&W model 1

The muzzle shows some silvering on the leading edges while they still maintain a sharp edge. The front sight a round blade shows smooth, and rear sight a “V” notch cut into the cylinder stop. The hammer spur shows distinct checkering, and a colorful case color.

case hardened hammer on early Model one 2nd issue revolver

The rosewood grips are smooth, dark and show their age excellently. The back strap and front strap show smooth silverplating in great condition with minor handling marks noted on the back strap of the grip panel and on the edge of the square/flared butt.

Rosewood Grips of the model one

Overall, this is an excellent example of Smith & Wessons Model 1 2nd issue and would be a perfect addition for early small revolver or Smith & Wesson collections.

Highest Bid
$1,000 by Ponyup
Ended On
December 13th, 2023
Auction Result
Reserve Not Met
Bids
8
582 Views | 13 Watchers

Comments & Questions

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cowboy77

12/13/2023 8:46:51 PM UTC

Makes sense, wonder what the reserve was?

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Safe Queens

12/13/2023 8:43:57 PM UTC

Reserve not met - Bid to $1,000

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cowboy77

12/13/2023 8:41:36 PM UTC

@Bayoukid you make a solid point, This one definitely wouldn't be a shooter. A Safe Queen if you will :)

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BayouKid

12/13/2023 8:32:01 PM UTC

I don't know of any contemporary sources for .22 black powder. But more importantly: I wouldn't ever risk shooting a Model 1. The cylinder walls are paper-thin, the barrel hinge is fragile on the best of days, and these guns aren't getting any more plentiful. Especially with an example this clean, I'd just focus on preserving it for future generations to appreciate.

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vet-72

12/13/2023 8:29:25 PM UTC

There is a web site that you can get them 22 black powder

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Ponyup

12/13/2023 8:27:51 PM UTC

$1,000 Bid

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BayouKid

12/13/2023 8:19:40 PM UTC

$275 Bid

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Ponyup

12/13/2023 7:32:34 PM UTC

$250 Bid

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cowboy77

12/13/2023 6:57:56 PM UTC

Thanks for the update, I've read these don't handle the modern .22 at all. doesn't mean there isn't something out there that works. Im sure the forum guys have some info.

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lumberjack2

Seller  12/13/2023 5:24:16 PM UTC

I was asked if this will still fire. We do not test fire these. That being said we function check everything. The action cycles perfectly and the cylinder does lock up tight.

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KENNYB

12/12/2023 11:27:34 AM UTC

$151 Bid

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vet-72

12/12/2023 12:57:55 AM UTC

$125 Bid

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KENNYB

12/03/2023 1:16:46 PM UTC

$110 Bid

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vet-72

12/03/2023 12:20:55 AM UTC

$100 Bid

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cowboy77

11/27/2023 7:35:05 PM UTC

The blue finish on this one just shows so well. I love these little Smiths. Beautiful Model 1.

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BayouKid

11/25/2023 4:12:38 PM UTC

What a spectacular example of a Smith & Wesson Model 1, 2nd Issue. Not only is this an earlier two patent date variant, but it has a thoroughly untouched hinge screw (not surprising, given its stellar condition).

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KENNYB

11/25/2023 1:47:53 PM UTC

$50 Bid

Details From The Safe

Seller: lumberjack2

Company Name: Prescott Collectibles

Location: Prescott, AZ

Lot #: 19

Known Details

Caliber: .22 Short Black Powder

Finish: Blue & Silver Plated

Grips: Rosewood

Barrel Length: 3 3/16"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Antique

Serial No: 17537

2nd Issue Model 1

Sellers FFL Type: Type 01 FFL

Shipping: Fedex : $50.00

Payment Methods: Credit Card Fee 3%, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check (7 Day Shipment Hold)

Inspection Period: 3 Day - No Fire

Taxes: AZ Sales Tax 8.35%

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