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Posted 12 months ago


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This is a poster and book of Smith & Wesson's International Museum Tour 1991 - 1995. The title of the museum tour was "Artistry In Arms, The Guns Of Smith & Wesson.was to try and show the history of Smith & Wesson and it's founding partners Horace Smith & Daniel B. Wesson.
The display consisted of ten display cases.
Case 1: Firearms built by Horace Smith & Daniel B. Wesson prior to the formation of the Smith & Wesson Partnership. (The Percival & Smith Magazine Pistol, 1850); (E. Wesson .31 Caliber Percussion Target Pistols, 1843); (D.B. Wesson Target Rifle, 1850).
Case 2: Products of their first partnership in 1852. (S&W .41 & .31 Caliber Magazine pistols, 1854); (D.B. Wesson "Flobert" Single-Shot Pistol, 1852-1853).
Case 3: Beginning Years of the second partnership 1856-1874. (Colt 1849 Pocket Model Caliber .31 Modified by Rollin White); (Original Rollin White Patents); ( S&W Model 1, First, Second & Third Issues); (S&W Model 2 Army); (S&W Model One-And-A-Half). (Tip-Up Models).
Case4: 1862 the partners begin development of a large frame military revolver. (S&W first .44 caliber revolver, large version of the .32 Model 2 Army); (S&W Model 3 Pocket, 4-shot .41 rim-fire caliber); (S&W Model 3 American .44 S&W American & .44 Henry R.F. calibers); S&W Model 3 Russians, First, Second & Third Models, S&W .44 Russian caliber).
Case 5: Business in the 1870's The American West & taming of the new Frontier. (S&W Model 3 Schofield, .45 S&W Cal.).
Case 6: Changes circa 1870 -1882) Improvements on existing models & Introduction of the Top-Break & Self-Cocker or Double Action Revolvers. (Model 1-1/2 Experimental Top Break); (.38 Single Action Top-Break); (.32 Single Action Top-Break); (New Model Number 3); (.44 Double Action); .38 Double Action); (.32 Double Action).
Case 7 - Side 1: 1880's Concealed Law Enforcement & Target revolvers for competitive shooters. (S&W .38 New Departure, Safety-Hammerless); (S&W New Model 3 Target); (.38 Single Action Third Model); S&W First, Second & Third Model Single Shot Targets); (S&W .22 Hand Ejector); (S&W Straight Line Target).
Case 7 - Side 2: 1896 - 1940. (.32 Hand Ejector); (.38 Hand Ejector); (.44 Hand Ejector); .45 Hand Ejector); (.357 Magnum); (.38 Military & Police).
Cases 8 - 10: These are dedicated to a collection of arms decorated by various artisans who completed work for S&W from 1857 - 1955. Engravers, Richard Bates Inshaw, S.T. Merritt, F.W. Martin, E.A. Timme, P.S. Yendel, L.D. Nimschke, Gustave Young, Oscar Young, Eugene Young, Tiffany Jewelers & Alvin White.
The traveling exhibit
The exhibit schedule was:
*July 19 - Sept. 15, 1911: Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, Springfield, Mass.
*Oct. 18, 1991 - Mar. 1, 1992: Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
*Mar. 21 - June 7, 1992: National Cowboy Hall Of Fame, Oklahoma City, OK.
*June 18 - Dec. 9, 1992: Quincy Museum of Natural History and Art, Quincy, IL.
*Jan. 3 - Mar. 10, 1993: Dallas Historical Society, Hall of State, Dallas, TX.
*Apr. 1 - June 28, 1993: Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN.
*Sept. 15 - Dec. 1, 1993: Buffalo Bill Historical Society Center, Cody, WY.
*Feb. 1 - Apr. 30, 1994: North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC.
*Fall of 1994: Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, Springfield, Mass.
It was planned to go to Europe at a later date.

Thanks for looking,


  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 12 months ago
    Thanks mustangtony for the appreciation.
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 12 months ago
    Had never heard of the Percival & Smith so looked it up. Strange, strange invention.
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 12 months ago
    Thanks Manikin for the appreciation.
  4. pw-collector pw-collector, 12 months ago
    Yes BB2, this is a very unique invention and I might add, that it would be very much above my pay-grade to own an example. An awesome tour to visit. Thanks for the appreciation.
  5. pw-collector pw-collector, 12 months ago
    Thanks PhilDavidAlexanderMorris for the appreciation.
  6. pw-collector pw-collector, 12 months ago
    Thanks scottvez for the appreciation.

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