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revolver, metallic cartridge

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  • Other titles
    Smith & Wesson 1st Model 2nd Issue revolver (cased), circa 1870 (descriptive name)
  • Description
    Smith & Wesson 1st Model 2nd Issue revolver (cased), circa 1857-1869
    .22 inch calibre; 7 chamber revolver; single action; sheathed trigger; chrome-plated body; cylinder and barrel richly blued; rod under barrel with unknown use
    case: mahogany case with hinged lid; blue velvet lining; with removable compartment for cartridges; marked: F.A.C.C.
    serial number on bottom pistol grip strap: 35566
    on front face of cylinder and rear internal barrel frame: H5;
    on cylinder: PATENTED APR.3.1855, JULY.5.1859 & DEC.18.1863
    on top of barrel: SMITH & WESSON, SPRINGFIELD MASS.
    maker: Smith & Wesson circa 1870
  • Place
  • Other Number
    1948.69, 203746, W1139
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revolver, metallic cartridge, 1948.69, W1139, 203746, Photographed by Andrew Hales, digital, 25 Jan 2017, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1948.69, W1139
  • Notes
    Smith & Wesson 1st Model 2nd Issue revolver (cased), circa 1857-1869
    One of the original Smith & Wesson pattern revolvers which led to development of larger calibre revolvers.
    IV Hogg: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Firearms: The Smith & Wesson Number One revolver was a .22 rimfire, single action, with the frame hinged at the standing breech so as to tip upwards when a latch at the front of the lower frame was released. Period: 1857-1869
  • Production
    Smith & Wesson (maker)
    SpringfieldMassachusettsUSANorth America
    19th century
  • Signature/marks
    35566  (firearm serial number)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • .1 - revolver width : 22mm
    • .1 - revolver calibre : 5.5mm
    • .2 - case length : 205mm
    • .1 - revolver length : 190mm
      (revolver: overall: 190mm; barrel: 80mm; calibre: .22 inch case: 205mm x 114mm x 40mm)
    • .1 - revolver height : 60mm
    • .2 - case depth : 40mm
    • .1 - revolver length : 80mm
    • .2 - case width : 114mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    5 January 2015

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