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Old 01-18-2020, 10:46 PM
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A family heirloom has been passed down and I'm trying to learn more about it. So far, it appears to be a Smith and Wesson, Army No. 2 Revolver, the serial number is real small and stamped on the frame 57XX, the same number is also stamped on the inside of the grip. The gold colored brass-tipped hammer - is curious to me, in other photos online I haven't noticed any like this and I'm wondering if the hammer is original. I would appreciate any ideas so I can learn more about this. Fifty years ago my grandmother said he was an aid to a General in the Civil War so I'd like to see what I can find out. Thanks, kind regards, Roger
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Old 01-18-2020, 11:07 PM
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I would guess that it’s been repaired at some point. The hammer is hardened steel and brass would be too soft. It was probably dropped at one time and the spur broke off and was braised back on. Nice piece non the less. Let’s see pics of the whole thing
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:13 PM
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That's a repaired hammer. Broken off hammer spurs are common in Model 2s. Your repair was done by a master gunsmiths, however. Original replacement hammers are obtainable from a few parts dealers, however I would leave well enough alone, as it adds an interesting feature to the gun's history. A research of the original owner's Civil War service record my bring forth some interesting information. Ed.
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Thanks. Our family narrative says he was an aid to General Grant, we have a couple photos and keepsakes that are said to have belong to him as well.
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If this repair was done in the 1800's, brazing may have been the only option. I'm not sure if they could have welded it without destroying the hammer. I know that there were artisans that could have probably welded it, but they may not have been readily available at the time it was broken.

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Hi,

In addition the stripes look different on the hammer so it’s an other clue.
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Am I correct in thinking that this was a piece of brass that was brazed on, and shaped/checkered to resemble the missing piece? (rather than the original broken steel piece ending up brass plated during the repair)

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Camster, I think you are correct.
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