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Collection Wood Museum of Springfield History
Title 2nd Model, Presentation Revolver, .38 single Action Five Shot
Object ID CVHM-98.93
Object Name Revolver
Description Smith & Wesson .38 caliber, engraved, nickel-plated five-shot, top-break, self-ejecting revolver with spur trigger and black hard rubber checkered S&W monogram grips. A presentation piece, engraved with scrolled leafage motifs by Gustave Young, and contained in a pale blue and white satin lined, wine red colored leather covered presentation box with brass locks on the hinged cover. The bottom of the frame is engraved: "Emily Osborne / Dec. 25, 1877". Top opening frame. Single action mechanism. In absolutely perfect condition. Apparently never fired. According to the donor, the gun was given to her Grandmother by a suitor. Text of note from donor:

"Presented by Samuel Bowles to my future grandmother, Emily Osborne - Dec. 25, 1877. He must have been a suitor. She married Frederick Harris (my grandfather) on Sept. 3, 1879 in Auburn, N.Y. living at 270 Maple St. until their deaths. He was Pres. of IIIrd National Bank."

Provenance: Emily Osborne was the fiancee of Samuel Bowles to whom D.B. Wesson presented this revolver for her.

This model incorporated a new ejector design patented on February 20, 1877, which was put into production in July of that year.
Artist Smith & Wesson
Date 1877
Credit line Gift of Helen S. Fuller
On Exhibit Yes, Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History