Maker: Smith & Wesson
Status: Original condition, in collection
Marked SMITH.&.WESSON.SPRINGFIELD.MASS. on top of the barrel and serial number 23026 on the butt. On the cylinder its marked PATENTED APRIL 3.1855.JULY 5.1859&DEC 18.1863
The Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army was introduced in 1861 and made till 1872 and in that time 77.155 revolvers Model 2 were made.
S&W was producing a similar looking but much smaller size revolver in .22 Short called Model 1 since 1857. The Model 2 was basically a scaled up version of the Model 1.
The model 2 was a six shot were the Model 1 was a seven shot revolver. Later,
in 1865 S&W introduced a revolver that came in between, the model 1 1/2. The Model 1 1/2 was also a .32RF long but could be made on a smaller frame than the Model 2 because it was a five shot revolver in stead of a six shot. The model 1 1/2 was sold as
a 'pocket size' revolver and the Model 2 as a Navy revolver.
Civil War use: The S&W Model 2 was never sold on Government contract but was a popular personal sidearm which the soldiers had to buy them selves. Often soldiers bought a handgun them
selves for extra protection what can be understood since some were equipped with single shot rifles. Model 2 revolvers with a serial number under 35731 are produced before the end of the war and thus can be one of those personal sidearms.
The Model 2 was offered in three barrel lengths, 4", 5", 6" and there is at least one and possible more made in 8".