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Title Smith's Patent 41 calibre rim fire revolver
Nationality American
Period c 1875-85

This good example has rosewood grips and 90%+ original EPNS finish. These revolvers are classified as obsolete weapons under Section 58 of the Firearms Act. These were typically carried by riverboat gamblers and cowboys/bad men, sherrifs, often as a backup gun for the main weapon such as a Peacemaker.

The bore is nice and clean, with a few little patches of inconsequential pitting. The action is tight. There is a little distortion to the foresight.

Interestingly enough, as a comment on English society in the late 19th century, this piece has Birmingham proof marks, meaning it was retailed here in the UK and quite possibly carried in the rough and tumble metropolis at the end of the 19th century. It is, of course, a black powder weapon capable of great deterrent effect at close range.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Obsolete Cartridge : American : 19th Century]


I have received the belt clasp today. It is in better quality than I expected...

C M, UK, 16.10.2009

I received the silver Verdienstkreuz this morning. Your swiftness and dedication was very much appreciated and, though the envelope arrived with a Post Office sticker saying it had been found open or damaged, the cross was unharmed and looks beautiful. Thanks for your time.

E C, UK, 18.10.2005