1913 OTTAWA ONTARIO LETTERED Smith & Wesson .38 S&W “PERFECTED” Revolver
BRITISH PROOFED and Made Circa 1913 C&R
Here we present a Smith & Wesson .38 Double Action “Perfected” Revolver, made circa 1913 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The factory letter confirms the configuration when it shipped on April 9, 1913, to T (Thomas) Birkett & Son, a well-known hardware dealer and merchant in Ottawa, Ontario.
These were the most highly refined of Smith & Wesson’s Double Action line with an exposed hammer. Over half a million were produced of the first 5 variations from 1880-1911, while only 59,400 of the Perfected revolvers were produced from 1909-1920. These shared their predecessors’ top break, auto-ejecting feature. Its two primary differences included the mechanism by which one unlocked the barrel and cylinder assembly to “break open” the revolver for reloading, as well as the integral trigger bow. Regarding the opening mechanism, the former iterations simply required one to flip the “T” shaped latch at the top; however, the Perfected model required the sliding latch on the left side of the frame to be pushed forward to then move the “T” shaped latch.
The factory letter confirms the configuration when it shipped on April 9, 1913, to T Birkett & Son, address unknown but almost certainly in England.
The overall condition is Fine. The action is as strong as ever. The bore is bright and ready. An excellent example why these S&W revolvers were so popular. The easy to read markings and shine of the nickel, this surely will find a place in any collection!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 3-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .38 S&W
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Guaranteed AUTHENTIC & Includes CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.