This is an absolutely gorgeous little #2 Smith & Wesson Revolver. This is not the usual New York engraved gun. It is unquestionably engraved by the hand of L. D. Nimschke, regarded by many experts as the finest firearms engraver of the 19th century. It shows wonderful execution of his work over the entire gun. The scrolling is tight and flourished in tasteful scroll motifs about the frame, barrel and the cylinder, which is often left plain except for special order presentations. The grips are mother-of-pearl and original to the gun showing age but no abuse. The metal is sharp and crisp as is the engraving, and the gun shows traces of original silver plating scattered in protected areas. This gun was obviously a high-quality, presentation grade gun for a high ranking Civil War Officer or some other entity of importance. I have seen lesser guns with the more common NY engraving bring the same or more than this gun is priced. This gun is wonderful.