Original L.W. Pond Revolver, .32cal (SN 3542)
This revolver caused some controversy when it was made, as it was a direct patent infringement against Rollin Whiteâ€™s patent that Smith & Wesson controlled. As a result of losing the lawsuit in 1862, 4,486 of these Ponds were made for S&W to sell. This gun is one of the revolvers that Pond sold between January 1863 and August 1864. The barrel is stamped â€œL.W. POND WORCESTER MASSâ€ and also â€œPATd JULY 10, 1860â€ and â€œManufâ€™d for Smith & Wesson PATâ€™d APRIL 5, 1855.â€ The gun has matching serial numbers of #3542 (including on mainspring and cylinder). The gun is 100% original; however, due to excessive wear on the cylinder ratchet the cylinder does not fully rotate every time. It is 100% complete INCLUDING the small screwdriver located in the butt strap. Grips are fine.