19th Century Smith And Wesson Pistol Inquiry

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by michaelv, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. michaelv

    michaelv New Member

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    I want to identify and appraise a Smith and Wesson Pistol that measures about 8" long. On the top of the barrel, is the S and W mfg info plus dates "rated Apr 2 July 9 1859 & Nov 21, 1885" Under the handle, there are some alphanumerics that look like [022[ I can't tell what the [ is.

    I don't know how the trigger compartment functions.

    The trigger pulls back and the barrel spins, but sticks a bit.

    Thank you for any help.

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  2. kobsw

    kobsw Member

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    What you have there is a Smith & Wesson model 1 1/2 Tip-up (1 1/2, 1st issue).

    The gun is chambered in .32 rimfire and is single action. It has an octagonal barrel, 5 shot non-fluted cylinder and spur trigger.

    Note: This is the only model out of s&w's 6 original tip-ups with a cylinder stop at the bottom of the frame.

    It's a square but w factory rosewood grips. The finish was likely blued.

    This s/n range is 1 to 26300 with nearly that many guns made.

    Value as always depends on what a buyer is willing to pay but I would expect between $100 - $150.

    Nice bit of history you have add it to your collection and enjoy.

    Best, kobsw
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2011
  3. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    Because its overall condition is so poor, I recommend keeping the gun as a wallhanger; any money or effort spent on repairs or restoration would be wasted.

    Jim
  4. michaelv

    michaelv New Member

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    Thanks for the info!

    Mike
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