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Greetings again,

Can the elders please speak to the topic of original factory grips?

The 4th Model I purchased has what appear to be period original MofP grips. Did the S&W factory offer this as an option?

If yes, could someone please offer some broader history of what was and was not available? Ivory? Wood?
 

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Do the MOP grips have S&W medallions on them? That's the easiest way to tell if they are factory or not. No medallions means not factory.
 

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Not so fast....fourth model what?

• The recessed gold plated over brass S&W medallion pearl stocks became standard after the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago where S&W had a very large display of their revolvers. Before that, pearl stocks did not have medallions. Walnut Target extended two screw stocks, introduced beginning with the Model 1891 single shot, and in 1904 on the .32 Model 1903-1st Change along with standard size Walnut stocks, which were optional plain and checkered, with ‘dished’ stock circle; gold medallions beginning only after 1910. Round butt pearl and ivory stocks, except walnut, had small round recessed gold plated over brass S&W medallions, which distinguish them from non-factory stocks from 1893 until after WW II when medallions were deleted from premium stocks; pearl, stag and ivory.
 
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