HORACE SMITH - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 12/08/1874 CO-SIGNED BY: DANIEL B. WESSON - HFSID 306811
HORACE SMITH and DANIEL B. WESSON Extremely rare document bearing the signatures of both of the legendary firearms manufacturers: a certification of stock in their Springfield and New London Rail Road Company, used in the transport of their weapons to the port of New York.
HORACE SMITH and DANIEL B. WESSON Extremely rare document bearing the signatures of both of the legendary firearms manufacturers: a certification of stock in their Springfield and New London Rail Road Company, used in the transport of their weapons to the port of New York. The document, also signed by the other Directors and Officers of the Railroad, has been framed with an antique Smith and Wesson top break revolver to an overall size of 15¼x24! Document signed: "Horace Smith", "D. B. Wesson", 1 page (lightly lined), 6¾x9¼. Springfield, Massachusetts, 1874 December 8. Also signed by directors "Willis Phelps", "Horace Kibbe", "E. A. Perkins", "William Matoon", "W. L. Wilcos", "Wm Birnie", "Virgil Perkins", "Lewis H. Taylor" and by "T. M. Dewey Clerk", "Charles Marsh Treasurer". In full: "The undersigned, Directors, Clerk & Treasurer of the Springfield & New London Rail Road Company, hereby certify that the amount of capital stock of said company has been fully subscribed by responsible parties, and ten per cent of the par value of each & every share thereof has been paid in cash to the Treasurer of the association; and that it is intended in good faith to locate, construct, maintain and operate the said railroad, fixed according to the maps and plans hereunto attached." [Maps and plans not included.] Matted, and framed with an antique Smith & Wesson top break revolver to an overall size of 15¼x24. Horace B. Smith (1808-1893) and Daniel B. Wesson (1825-1906) formed what was originally called the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company in 1852, and went on to form their own eponymous Smith & Wesson Company in 1856. This document dates from 1874, when Smith & Wesson's two biggest customers were the US Cavalry and the Russian Empire. Among the pistols in production at the time was the Smith & Wesson .44 Model 3, also known as the Russian Model or the Schofield Revolver, depending on the customer. This model saw action in the Russo-Turkish War, the Spanish-American War, and countless skirmishes on the Western frontier. The gun makers' investment in a rail line strengthening the transportation link between the factor in Springfield and the shipping hub of New York City complemented Smith & Wesson's primary business. This very rare railroad certificate is one of a mere handful of known documents signed by both founders of the Massachusetts gun company to have appeared on the market in recent decades. Two small punch holes at top border. Lightly toned. Paper loss and edge tears at right edge. Otherwise, fine condition. Not framed in the Gallery of History style. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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