An historic Smith & Wesson No. 2 Old Model Army revolver owned by Wild Bill Hickok
and carried by him when he was slain by the coward Jack McCall in Deadwood
Serial no. 29963 for 1864, .32 Rimfire. 6 inch barrel. Blued finish. Varnished rosewood grips. Together with an extensive provenance file including: 1) Photocopies of numerous reference works stating that Hickok was carrying a Smith & Wesson No. 2 when he was killed. 2) Photocopy of pertinent pages from Ed McGivern's book Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting, in which he details his visit to Deadwood in 1932 to research Wild Bill's guns. He states: One of his guns, a Smith & Wesson, is in possession of Mrs. Hazel Willoth, nee Fishel (City Treasurer of Deadwood)... The gun was given to Mr. Willoth by Seth Bullock, and further: The Willoth gun is quite generally established as being one of Wild Bill's guns, and all reports seem to support such claim quite convincingly. 3) A notarized statement from Mrs. Leona H. Arder detailing how the revolver was given to her father, Leo Zymetzke, by JoAnn Willoth, Hazel Willoth's daughter in 1972. JoAnn Willoth had become friends with Mr. Zymetzke when they were both employed in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. In 1972, as she had no remaining family she decided to give the gun to Mr. Zymetzke and his family. 4) Photocopies of other documents including Hazel and JoAnn Willoth's death certificates, both from Cook County, Illinois; a Smith & Wesson factory letter for no. 29963; a statement of Mr. Zymetzke's employment at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, etc.
Condition: Very good. Barrel with smooth grey patina showing traces of blued finish. Cylinder and frame retain perhaps 80% dark blue finish. Barrel with cracks and slight bulges on either side in front of breech, probably from later use of smokeless ammunition. Excellent grips.