Bonhams on November 18 at Antique Arms and Armor and Modern Sporting Guns Auction, will offer a Smith & Wesson No. 2 revolver owned by Wild Bill Hickok that was on him when he was murdered by Jack McCall in Deadwood in 1876. Smith & Wesson is a manufacturer of firearms in the United States. The corporate headquarters is in Springfield, Massachusetts. Founded in 1852, Smith & Wesson’s pistols and revolvers have become standard issue to police and armed forces throughout the world.
They are also used by sport shooters and have been featured in numerous Hollywood movies, particularly Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry. Smith & Wesson has been known for the many types of ammunition it has introduced over the years, and many cartridges bear the company’s name. The revolver being offered by Bonhams, estimated at $300,000-500,000, is a fascinating historic piece in .32 rimfire, with a 6 inch barrel, blued finish and varnished rosewood grips, and serial no. 29963. Bonhams Arms and Armor will also offer the collection of the late Clark R. Hoffman, comprising nearly 100 examples of British military pistols, spanning the 18 and 19 centuries.