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Smith and Wesson .32 Caliber Single-Action Revolver, Serial no. 94421

Manufacturer:
Smith & Wesson (American, established 1852)
Decorator:
Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
Date:
ca. 1891–93
Geography:
Springfield, Massachusetts; New York, New York
Culture:
American, Springfield, Massachusetts and New York
Medium:
Steel, silver, niello
Dimensions:
L. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm); L. of barrel 3 1/2 in. (8.8 cm); Cal. .32 in. (8.13 mm); Wt. 15 oz. (424 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Revolvers
Credit Line:
Gift of Gerald Klaz, M.D., Trustee - The Gerald Klaz Trust, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.482
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
The grip combines three decorative techniques: repoussé, etching, and niello inlay. The revolver was shown by Smith and Wesson at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
Inscription: Marked along the top of the barrel: SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A. PAT'D JAN. 17 & 24 65. jULY 11.65 / AUG. 24 69 FEB 20 1877. REISSUE JULY 25. 1871.;
Marked on top of the cylinder frame: PAT'D APR. 20.75/ & DEC. 18.1877.;
Stamped on the inner face of the cylinder, the serial number: 94421;
Stamped on the grip behind the trigger-guard: T over a globe symbol (symbolizing Tiffany's loans to the World's Columbian Exposition); TIFFANY & CO / STERLING / T (for 1891–1902); and a scratched inscription: 5 oz.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection: 2010–2012." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Fall 2012). p. 66, ill.



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