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Smith and Wesson .32 Single-Action Revolver, Serial no. 17156

Manufacturer:
Smith & Wesson (American, established 1852)
Decorator:
Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
Date:
ca. 1889–90
Geography:
Springfield, Massachusetts; New York, New York
Culture:
American, Springfield, Massachusetts and New York
Medium:
Steel, silver, laminated metal, nickel
Dimensions:
L. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm); L. of barrel 3 in. (7.6 cm); Cal. .32 in. (8 mm); Wt. 15 oz. (438 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Revolvers
Credit Line:
Gift of Gerald Klaz, M.D., Trustee - The Gerald Klaz Trust, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.546.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
The grip is sheathed in silver and etched with foliage around shaped panels inlaid with laminated metal that has a wood-grain pattern. This Japanese technique, called mokume ("wood grain"), was one of various metalworking forms explored by Tiffany and Company's chief designer, Edward C. Moore (1827–1891). His experimentation with Japanese design elements and media helped to establish Tiffany's international reputation in the 1870s.
Inscription: Stamped along the top of the barrel: SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A./PAT'D MAY 11.1880.JAN 3. 1882. APRIL 9, 1889, with a small stamped cross at either end;
Stamped on the left side of the barrel: 32 S. & W. CTG, with markings at either end;
Inside the face of the cylinder, the serial no.: 17156;
Beneath the cylinder on the silver extension in front of the trigger: TIFFANY & CO 10077M 7658/STERLING, as well as scratched numbers and letters, perhaps applied in the Tiffany workshop.
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