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Title Smith & Wesson .32 Double Action Fourth Model Revolver
Catalog Number CVHM-97.238
Description 97.238 Description: Smith & Wesson .32 caliber Revolver, 4th Model. Double action revolver has a three and one-half inch long barrel. Gun is decorated by Tiffany of New York with solid silver overlay. The barrel and cylinder are etched and left in raw steel finish. Case hardened hammer. Trigger and trigger guard are blued. Grips are fluted wood. Serial number 171496 appears on cylinder, barrel and barrel latch.

Marked "Tiffany & Co. Sterling" underside in front of guard.

"Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass USA Jan 24 65 July 11 65 Aug 24 69 Reissue July 25 71 May 11 80 Jan 3 82" marked on top of barrel.

For the Columbian Exposition of 1893 held in Chicago, Smith & Wesson broke their habit of only employing factory engravers and commissioned renowned jewelers Tiffany & Co. to decorate several exhibition revolvers. (Label text, "No Thing of Importance ..." Sandra Krein, guest curator 2005)


This gun was commissioned for the Columbian Exposition of 1893, held in Chicago. Usually Smith & Wesson used only factory engravers, but for these major expositions the company decided to ask renowned jewelers Tiffany & Co. of New York to decorate several guns. This gun is a double action revolver with a three-and- one-half-inch barrel. The engraving is solid silver overlay. The barrel and cylinder are etched in a raw steel finish. The trigger and trigger guard are blued. The grips are fluted wood.


Artist Smith & Wesson Company, Springfield MA
Object Name Revolver
Date ca. 1892
Dimensions H-4.5 L-7.5 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