As I mentioned before, I like to restore these older revolvers. These I parkerized. I know that my methods don't lend themselves to maintaining originality, and therefore collectibility. However, these 4 revolvers were only good for hanging on a wall. Now they are fully functional, and I think more desirable than they were before this. I also like to dress them up with different grips. The I.J. on top has Jay Scott pearl-like grips. The second Iver has genuine sanbar stag grips, the H&R on the bottom has genuine mother of pearl grips. The bottom H&R has a 6" barrel, and the other three have 5" barrels.
My question concerns the top I.J. revolver. It has matching serial numbers on the bottom of the top strap, and on the left side of the grip frame. (6767)However, there is no letter prefix. The top of the barrel has the patent dates of APR.6.86FEB.15.87.MAY.10.87.AUG.26.96. which shows it to be a second model, small frame hammer manufactured in 1897,1898,1899. Can anyone tell me why there is no letter prefix on the side of the grip frame?
Thanks in advance!
Old Gun Guy