Carved IVORY Presentation INSCRIBED Antique CIVIL WAR S&W No. 1 22 REVOLVER
1860s Beautiful Cased Custom Smith & Wesson!
Here we present an antique Cased Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 Second Issue Revolver in .22 Rimfire and Featuring Carved Ivory grips of a Zouave Soldier, manufactured circa the 1860s in Springfield, Massachusetts, inscribed “N. H. Starr from O.P.R.” along the rear of the grip frame.
This small revolver is a 7-shot .22 rimfire. It was specifically designed to be a pocket gun, being very small and light. The No. 1 was the precursor to larger firearms that were simply scaled up to be more suitable for use as martial weapons.
Though not a primary military arm during the American Civil War, handguns were commonly privately purchased by soldiers for use on the battlefield. Whether legend or fact, it is interesting to note something commonly read about pocket revolvers of the day: that while they could be used for self-defense against the enemy, many soldiers kept them on their person to defend themselves against an unwanted amputation in the primitive field hospitals that were notorious, even in their day.
The overall condition is fine. Original blue and silver plate finish have been preserved. The action is strong and tight all the way around. The bore is in good shape. The velvet-lined, fitted case is in very good shape and comes with the key and spaces for cartridges.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 3-3/16 inches.
Caliber: .22 Short Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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