This is a beautiful example of an early Civil War production S&W No. 2 Army Revolver in .32 Rimfire. Standard configuration with 6" octagonal barrel, blued finish, and rosewood grips.The company built approx. 77,000 from 1860-1873 with the first 28,000 - 35,000 mfd. during the Civil War. The No. 2 was the largest revolver S&W produced during its early formative years and was quite popular with soldiers during the Civil War, and its waterproof self-contained cartridges made it ideal for being carried in all types of weather. This particular gun is in the 9,000 serial range so it's well within S&W's Civil War production range.
Overall condition grades to NRA Antique Excellent showing remarkably little wear. It appears to have been fired no more than just a few times, left uncleaned, and then put away. Can't say that we find many guns produced 150 years ago at the beginning of the Civil War showing such little use. Overall, the gun retains approximately 92-93% bright shiny original blue with small nicks and scratches from probably being kept inside a drawer or box with other items. The majority of finish loss is due to freckling which has toned to a patina rather than wear. The hammer, ejector pin, and even the spur trigger show much of their original case colors. Excellent screws and pins throughout. Exc. markings include S&W barrel address on top rib and tiny patent dates, 1855-1859-1860, around the circumference of the cylinder. Original rosewood grips retain 95% bright piano varnish with some nicks and small dings. 100% all matching assembly numbers, "H2", on back of barrel, front face of cylinder, and on frame underneath grips. The serial number on the inside of the grip is matching as well. This is a 100% straight untouched gun. Excellent mechanics throughout with tight barrel-to-frame fit. Barrel hinge is still tight when you lift it up to remove the cylinder. Bore is Fine+ with strong lands and grooves, still bright, with a few minor pits! Even front and rear face of the cylinder show considerable original blue. This is a superior example of the S&W No. 2 Army and best of all, it's early Civil War production.