Smith and Wesson .32 Caliber Single-Action Revolver, serial no. 17156

Manufacturer Smith & Wesson American
Decorator Tiffany & Co.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372

The grip is sheathed in silver and etched with foliage around shaped panels inlaid with laminated metal that has a wood-grain pattern. This Japanese technique, called mokume ("wood grain"), was one of various metalworking forms explored by Tiffany and Company's chief designer, Edward C. Moore (1827–1891). His experimentation with Japanese design elements and media helped to establish Tiffany's international reputation in the 1870s.

Smith and Wesson .32 Caliber Single-Action Revolver, serial no. 17156, Smith & Wesson (American, established 1852), Steel, silver, copper-platinum-iron alloy, nickel, American, Springfield, Massachusetts and New York

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right side (barrel facing R)