SOLD FOR: $2052
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: .455 Mark II Hand Ejector 1st Model, British Service
Serial Number: 2466
Year of Manufacture: 1914-1915
Caliber: .455 Mark II
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out, Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS. U.S.A. PAT’D MAR. 27, 94 / MAY. 21, 95. AUG. 4, 96. DEC. 22, 96. OCT. 01. DEC. 3, 01. FEB. 6, 06.”. The butt of the grip frame, barrel in the ejector rod shroud, rear face of the cylinder, rear face of the triple lock, rear flat of the yoke, and front face of the ejector star are marked with the serial number with the yoke marking preceded by “B”. The side plate has the S&W monogram logo. The left side of the frame has crossed pennants, a British broad arrow, and a deaccession mark. The interior of the right grip panel is marked “2466”.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded half-moon blade with a rectangular base, integral to the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notch on the frame’s top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with smooth diamonds around the grip screws and brass S&W medallions. There are some scattered compressions with some little nicks and scratches through the finish, most noticeable on the smooth portions. There are some marks from the lanyard ring on the bottom faces. The checkering is mostly strong with some scattered compressions and rub wear. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original but some areas have been touched up with cold blue.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There are a couple of spots of light surface erosion and some oxidation.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 80% of its metal finish. There is some finish loss on the sides of the barrel that has been touched up. There are scattered scratches and scuffs that have discolored. There is patina and frost on the grip frame. The edges have finish loss. There are some little nicks and dings. There are some spots of erosion on the sides of the grip frame under the panels. The trigger guard has some cold blue. There is a turn line through the finish on the cylinder. The screw heads show light use. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces light side-to-side play. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s .455 Hand Ejector 1st Model that was used by the British military. Only about 6,000 of this model were made and many have been converted to different calibers and refinished. The revolver has a 6 1/2-inch barrel with a blued finish, service sights, and checkered walnut stocks. This looks good for a service revolver of its age. It has matching part numbers and will be a great addition to your WWI or Smith & Wesson collection. This one has good mechanics and with the build quality of these vintage revolvers should last a couple more lifetimes if properly cared for. Please see our photos and good luck!