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COAST GUARD SMITH & WESSON -"ONE" OF 107 SHIPPED TO REVENUE CUTTER SERVICE IN 1890
Rare Revenue Cutter Service Smith & Wesson,,, . Serial # 23893 was shipped June 27, 1890 to the United States Government, National Armory, Springfield MA. for the Revenue Cutter Service... is recorded in the FACTORY HISTORICAL LETTER.
Pictured is the "S.S. Chase" and her crew. She was issued 12 of these Smith & Wesson Revolvers chambered in .44 Russian caliber.
The serial number "23893" is located on the revolver butt, the inside of the barrel latch and on the rear face of the barrel. The rear face of the cylinder is numbered "26194". Both Serial Numbers were shipped to the Revenue Cutter Service on June 27, 1890.
The cylinder was probably "switched during cleaning" or maintenance by a Ship's Armorer, and such was often the case.
The revolver retains 30% original blue finish with the balance a mottled brown-gray patina. Some mild pitting is present with the right side of the frame having a series of scratches. The hammer retains traces of original case colors. The well worn grips are good. Mechanically excellent.
A real piece of America's early COAST GUARD, Maritime and Nautical History.