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Title Smith & Wesson .38 SingleAction Third Model Revolver
Catalog Number CVHM-97.244
Description 97.244 Description: Smith & Wesson Third Model Single Action .38 caliber revolver. Decorated by Tiffany Company of New York City and signed on underside of frame at barrel hinge. The four inch long barrel and the cylinder are decoratively etched and left unfinished steel. The frame is overlayed in silver. The hammer and the trigger guard are case hardened. Serial Numbers are not consistent. Serial Number on barrel latch is: 284640. Serial Number on the barrel is: 284040.
***** An inspection by S&W prior to the 2005 exhibition found 10501 on the cylinder. Neither the barrel latch nor barrel serial numbers could be easily visually confirmed. ******

Decorated for display at the Colombian Exposition of 1893 held in Chicago, this revolver is a fine example of art nouveau artwork. It features repoussé and pierce silver work with a solid silver butt. The barrel and cylinder are acid etched rather than engraved. (Label text, "No Thing of Importance ... Sandra Krein, guest curator 2005)

Underside in front of guard is "Tiffany & Co / Sterling / T"

Top of barrel, two lines read: Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass USA Pat'd Jan 24 55 / July 11 65 Aug. 24 69 Reissue July 25 71 May 11 80 Jan. 3 82
Artist Smith & Wesson Company, Springfield MA
Object Name Revolver
Date ca. 1892
Dimensions H-5 L-9.75 D-1.5 inches
Credit line Gift of Smith & Wesson Company
Museum Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
On Exhibit Yes, Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History