Rock Island, IL - In its December Premier Auction, Rock Island Auction Company auctioned off a Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver belonging to former President Theodore Roosevelt for $910,625.
The revolver was presented to Roosevelt on May 12, 1898, the same day he departed for San Antonio to train the famed Rough Riders. The Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 was intended to be carried into the war against Spain. However, according to documentation from Roosevelt’s bodyguard, the revolver was placed on the side of his bed every night while in the White House making it known as a “nightstand gun.” See it at the podium below
Rock Island Auction Company concluded its final Premier Auction event of 2022 with a volume of more than $18.3 million. Over the span of three days, history was brought to life, with immense firearms artistry on display, and one of the most historic lineups to date. This sale had it all: rarity, beauty, history, and so much more. Below, I included more key highlights from the auction.
· Engraved Cased Colt Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver: This factory Cuno Helfricht Master engraved, Colt Model 1877 Lightning DA blew past its estimate to realize an astounding $323,125.
· Gustave Young Engraved Gold Winchester Model 1866 Rifle: An extremely rare, exhibition grade, Gustave Young engraved gold Winchester Model 1866 realized a monumental $211,500.
· Ames Sword Presented to Future Confederate General P.J. Semmes: A well-documented Ames inscribed officer's presentation sword presented to Confederate General Paul J. Semmes, mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, brought $176,250.
· Outlaw Jesse James Attributed Smith & Wesson Schofield & Holster: This outlaw Jesse James attributed Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver gaveled for $152,750.
Rock Island Auction Company is renowned for its extraordinary firearms, unprecedented results, and an overarching dedication to quality. Established in 1993 by founder Pat Hogan, RIAC offers its clients the finest publicly available firearms, industry leading innovation, and a standard of excellence built on integrity, passion, and expertise.