This is a nice Smith & Wesson Model One Revolvers that date to the beginning of the Civil War. Many of these early guns were purchased by civilians and soldiers alike. Being the first cartridge revolver to be manufactured in the United States and protected by the Rollin White patent, these little seven-shot revolvers proved to be reliable and easy to load. With the advent of fixed ammunition, another great benefit was that they were practically waterproof. However, they were not without their shortcomings, especially where power and accuracy were concerned. Mark Twain was a proud owner of one of these little guns and summed it up perfectly in Roughing It: "My brother had a Colt's Navy revolver, which he carried uncapped for safety. Mister Beemis had an Allen pepper-box revolver. And I was armed to the teeth with a pitiful little Smith and Wesson seven-shooter, which shot a ball the size of a homeopathic pill. It took all seven to make a dose for an adult." This one is somewhat special though, showing about 80% silver plating on the frame. The rose wood grips show no cracks or chips. The brass frame shows nearly all its original silver plate with losses confined to just the edges. The cylinder still shows
(Patterned April 3, 1855, July 5 1859, Dec. 18,1860). Action works nicely with a black powder bore. This is an ANTIQUE and can be shipped directly to you. Sold as an Antique ~ no guarantees, warranties, or liabilities for any actual usage. If any firearms are to be used for shooting purposes, a qualified gunsmith should inspect them first.