Unique “Traveling-Desk Cased revolver and dagger. This extremely unusual and rare set consists of a Forehand Arms Company .38 Center Fire, five shot revolver in nickel finish and lovely pearl grips with 5 inch barrel that is paired with a beautiful condition double edge spear point dagger by Joseph Rogers & Sons, also with pearl handle. The writer’s desk/case appears to be either dark stained walnut or rosewood and measures 12” wide X 10 ½” high X 2 ¼” deep and has a felt bottom and inside lining along with a small engraved brass catch. At one edge is a raised wood paper guard to hold writing paper in place and prevent sliding. Inside the case is a full length open section for pens and other writing implements. Overall the case is in very fine condition. The revolver is clearly marked on the barrel top: ”FOREHAND ARMS CO. WORCESTER, MASS. U.S.A.” over “PAT’D DEC. 7, ’86 & JAN. 11, ’87.” Forehand Arms Co. was active through the 1890s and was the successor to the famed Forehand & Wadsworth arms makers. Their arms were extremely high quality, considered first rate and very similar to Smith & Wesson arms, with whom they were very successful competitors. This example shows excellent pearl grips and a fine nickel finish. The Dagger is complete with its original leather and silver sheath beautifully stitched and in remarkable condition. The pearl handle measures 4 ½” and has a decorative silver band abutting the double guard. The 4 ½” blade is marked “JOSEPH ROGERS AND SONS” over “CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY” and contains various proof stampings. “Her Majesty” refers to Queen Victoria who reigned from 1837 – 1901. As this dagger is paired with the Forehand Arms revolver, it is probably accurate to date this set from the late 1880s to 1890s. The blade shows no polishing, cleaning or added sharpening and retains a perfect point and unmarred edges. Further, the handle and guard are tight fitting as is the sheath. Truly an outstanding 1890s vintage traveler’s set that is rarely encountered on the collector market today. The firearm qualifies as an Antique revolver, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check. Serial Number: 347371
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