Value of Iver Johnson 5 shot nickel hammerless with box
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Goforth. I'm new to the forum but can see from the posts what a great member he was.
I have a 5 shot Iver Johnson nickel plated hammerless revolver on loan from a friend who would like to know the value. It came in the original box (cardboard imprinted with use and care, a engraved photo inside the top of the same gun, but with an exterior hammer). See attached photo.
It has a 3 inch barrel, black rubber or bakelite handles with the owl facing down the handle, two post top latch. Looks like a 32 cal but I don't have a way to measure.
Butt strap stamped PAT. AUG 25, '96 then PATS. PENDING on second line.
Trigger guard stamped 51931 (no letters). Trigger and guard are still blue, everything else is nickel plate.
There are no other markings. The nickel is bright and in nice shape, with some flaking off around the breech. (I hear it can be dangerous to the owner to fire it.)
There is some scarring around the notches from the revolver turning mechanism.
The instructions imprinted in the box state use of semi-smokeless or black powder. No dates on the box.
Can anyone provide more info and a guess at the value?