Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Very Early Smith & Wesson No. 3, 1st Model, "1st Model American," .44 Caliber Single Action Revolver, #235. Incorporates the tiny vent hole on the underside of the ejector housing. Gun retains 10% of the original bright blue, mixing, fading with a smooth dark gray patina. Excellent markings, tight and crisp with near perfect bore. Grips excellent with nice patina. Missing the small knurled ejector piston on the bottom else complete and original in every respect, all screw head sharp. Very nice example of this scarce and desirable "big frame" Smith that found favor with Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp at the "O. K. Corral", a number of 7th cavalrymen at the Little Big Horn. This example doubtless produced in the first month of manufacture.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,128

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 March 29 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 November 14-16 Space Exploration Auction Featuring The Armstrong Family Collection Part IV - Dallas
    2019 November 14-16 Space Exploration Auction Featuring The Armstrong Family Collection Part IV - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $2,566,538