Originally Posted by hrf
The screw retaining the cylinder pin identifies it as a pre-1892 first generation.
That was my assumption as well (although my belief was that it was 1896, not 1892 when they switched to the spring). I personally know that it has been around as long as I can remember. If it is a forgery, it was made before 1981. Obviously I cannot attest to the guns life before I was old enough to remember and I was born in 77. I can however tell you that my father was the most honest man I have ever known. He was in Law Enforcement and was one of the most genuinely great human beings (Bias is overwhelming, isn't it?) I have ever know. The only proof I can offer to attest to his character, is that everyone he had ever known came to his funeral service. I have never seen a longer procession than the one to his final resting place and the full military honors included. I would like to think he was honest. Everyone I have met that knew him says he was a great and honest and amazing man.
All that aside, lets just say that this is a pre 164,000 serial number (since that is when they switched from the screw to a spring) and lets assume that it was NOT factory blued (which is true to the best of my knowledge) and lets also assume that it has all of the original parts (which I believe it does) if all of that is true, what would be a best estimate? I understand if it has to be very general, I was only hoping to get a vague idea, not an exact resale figure.