POTD: 1st Model Smith & Wesson Ladysmith Double Action Revolver
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Did you know that the Ladysmith revolvers by Smith and Wesson have been around since the beginning of the 20th century? Nowadays the Ladysmith has its place in the 642 series of Smith and Wesson revolvers as a stainless colored frame and wood grips. The Ladysmith was originally marketed for women since it was said to be a full-powered gun, but easier to use and handle. Later it would be more widely accepted as an everyman gun and that is exactly the place it has today.
“Approximately 4,575 of these 1st Model revolvers were manufactured between 1902 and 1906. They were primarily made as a defensive weapon for women. Fixed sights, with the two line address/patent dates flanked by Maltese crosses on top of the barrel, one line caliber marking on the left side and the small Smith & Wesson logo on the left side of the frame. Fitted with the distinctive checkered circular cylinder latch on the left side of the frame, a pinned barrel, 7-round fluted cylinder, casehardened hammer and trigger, and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with a diamond pattern around the screw, patent date on the lower left panel and “S&W” in a circle at the top.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 576: Scarce 1st Model Smith & Wesson Ladysmith Double Action Revolver [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 29, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/576/scarce-1st-model-smith-wesson-ladysmith-double-action-revolver