FOREHAND & WADSWORTH
Successor to Ethan Allen & Co
1871 to 1890
.22 short r.f. caliber
, 7 shot single action pocket pistol, side hammer, solid flat frame
with sideplate, 2 3/8" octagonal barrel, birdhead grips, marked FOREHAND
& WADSWORTH, WORCESTER, MASS. PAS. SEPT. 24 & COT. 22, 1861, production
about 1.000 in the 1870s
& Wadsworth Bull Dog Pocket Revolver
Serial number 689; .38 rimfire, 5-shot, BULL DOG on topstrap; blued,
with case-hardened hammer and trigger; varnished rosewood grips. Maker,
address and patent date marking on left side of barrel.
Condition: Excellent. 95% finish, light wear and patina, surface pitting
primarily on barrel; tracking lines on cylinder; Excellent grips.
Estimate: $1000 - $1500
Swamp Angel Pistol
Swamp Angel Single Action Revolver with Scarce 6 Inch Barrel
Serial #: 6613 Manufacturer: Forehand & Wadsworth
Model: Single Action Type: Revolver
Barrel Length: 6 inch octagon Finish: blue
Produced between 1871 and 1890, most examples are seen with 3 1/2 and
4 inch barrels. Brass blade front sight and notch rear sight, with the
two line address and patent dates on the barrel and "SWAMP ANGEL" on the
top strap of the frame. The quick release cylinder pin also acts as storage
for a small ejector rod. Unfluted cylinder, checkered hammer and spur trigger,
and smooth walnut grips with a bird's head butt. Matching numbers on all
Forehand & Wadsworth Old Model Army Single Action
Serial no. 344, .44 Russian caliber. 7 1/2-inch ribbed barrel. Swing-out
ejector rod. Nickel-plated finish. Case-hardened hammer and trigger. California
bear on left side of frame. Varnished walnut grips.
Condition: Very good to fine for this model. Retaining approximately
40-50% finish with remaining areas showing grey patina with minor fine
pitting present. Grips excellent with light wear. Action good.
Note: Approximately 1000 of this model were manufactured.
Estimate: $2500 - $3500
& Wadsworth New Model Army Single Action Revolver
Serial no. 483, .44 Russian caliber, 6 1/2-inch barrel. Blued finish.
Case-hardened hammer, loading gate, trigger and triggerguard. Varnished
Condition: Excellent to mint with a few insignificant fine scratches
present. Light tracking line on cylinder.
Estimate: $4000 - $6000
& Wadsworth Double Action .38 S&W caliber revolver
Wadsworth .32 caliber revolver
& Wadsworth Single-Shot Pistol
Serial no. 428, .25 rimfire, 3-inch part round, part octagon barrel
with maker, address and patent marking on left side; nickel-plated, with
case-hardened hammer and trigger; varnished walnut grips.
Condition: Excellent with just minor wear and storage marks.`
Estimate: $800 - $1200
& Wadsworth Single-Shot Derringer
Serial no. 50, .41 rimfire, 2 1/2-inch part round, part octagon barrel;
maker, address and patent marking on left side of barrel; nickel-plated
iron frame, with case-hardened hammer and trigger; varnished walnut grips.
Excellent 98% nickle overall excellent oil finished grips. British proofmarks
on barrel and frame.
Estimate: $1500 - $2000