This is a beautiful example of an early Civil War production S&W No. 2 Army Revolver in .32 Rimfire. The No. 2 was the largest revolver S&W produced during its early formative years and were quite popular with soldiers during the Civil War. The Company built approx. 77,000 from 1860-1873 with the first 28,000 - 35,000 mfd. during the Civil War. This particular gun is in the 12,000 serial range so its well within S&W's Civil War production range. Standard configuration with 6" octagonal barrel, blued finish, and rosewood grips.
Overall condition grades to NRA Antique Excellent showing remarkably little wear and probably fired no more than just a few times, if any. Not bad for a gun made approx. 145 years ago at the height of the Civil War. Overall, the gun retains approximately 92-93% bright shiny original blue with the majority of finish loss 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. Excellent markings include S&W barrel address on top rib and tiny patent dates, 1855-1859-1860, around the circumference of the cylinder. Excellent rosewood grips show 95% bright piano varnish with no chips, cracks, or repairs. 100% all matching assembly numbers, "23", on back of barrel, front face of cylinder, and on frame underneath grips. Grips have matching serial number to the gun as well. This is a 100% straight untouched gun with no monkey business! Excellent mechanics throughout with tight barrel to frame fit. Bore is perfect! Even the inside of the chambers on the cylinder show most of their original blued finish. A top notch example of a Civil War production No. 2 Army.