Re: H&R Top Break Year of Manufacture
Your piece is a 1st Model Small Frame HAMMERLESS BICYCLE. Because of the short barrels, there wasn't much room for a lot of stamping on the top rib. 1st Models were made between 1899 and 1904. It was made to handle BLACK POWDER ONLY loads, this from the lack of a cartridge stamp on the barrel. Go easy on it, it's over 100 years old. I believe that the 1st Model BP are fairly scarce - I do not have an example in my collection, but I do have a "few" of the 2nd Models. Nice find.
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie