Re: What do you think this S&W's history is?
First, Silesia is a district in Europe, once part of Germany but now almost all in Poland. But the Silesia stamped on that gun is on the map right beside the state of Cabela; it is the name of a German gun and sporting goods dealer. All the marking tells us is that at some time, probably before conversion to .22, the gun was sold by Silesia.
The proof marks are English, put on in Birmingham, and show the caliber as .22, indicating the proof was done after conversion, probably because of the conversion.
There is no indication whatsoever that the revolver is a Victory Model, was Lend Lease, was used by any military service, was taken from Hermann Goering, or any other story that might be concocted.
But, in the interest of adding to a story, it might have been purchased in Germany by a Brit, maybe a British serviceman. The conversion MIGHT have come about in the period when UK law allowed HM subjects to own .22 caliber handguns, but nothing bigger. Later, of course, all handguns were banned, part of an ongoing campaign by U.K. anti-gunners to ban all firearms, all air, gas, and spring guns, all gun replicas, or any object that resembles a gun in any way. Needless to say, the U.S. is next on their agenda.