Originally Posted by b.goforth
this is a small frame safety automatic hammer 32 S&W revolver. its use at such a late date is the very reason i caution owners of second model safety automatic revolvers about firing their revolver. the second model was manufactured between 1896 and 1908. the F letter code was used in three different years on the small frame second model 1899, 1902 and 1903. only the patent date marking will tell us exactly which year it was made.
because of the history this revolver can not be valued using the normal standards. the value would be far greater to a collector of criminal mememorblia (bad spelling) than to a regular firearm collector.
for those interested there are a couple of other iver johnson revolver that are tied to famous murders. president mckinley was shot and killed by a small frame 32 caliber first model safety automatic hammer revolver and bobby kenedy was shot and killed by a iver johnson 22 caliber model 55S cadet. the kenedy gun disappeared from the police property room while the mckinley gun is in the Buffalo NY historical society.
This gun is a good example of a black powder gun that was used with a steady diet of smokeless powder. The gun no longer functions and I don't have any intention of fixing it. Note the severe flame cutting in the picture below. Also everything on the gun is really loose: