Re: Harrington & Richardson Revolver
while your H&R auto-ejecting appears to be in very good condition the box is not original to it. the box is for the first model auto-ejecting large frame either 32 (6 shot) or 38 (5 shot). the revolver is either a second or third model large frame autoejecting. first model (1885-1889), second model (1890-1904) & third model (1905-1941). only the third model is suitable for smokeless powder.
the revolver in the picture appears to be a second model but it order to determine when it was manufactured i will need to know the exact markings on the top of the barrel and or left side of the barrel. patent dates and the way they appear on the top of the barrel is important in determining era of manufacture. the serial number will be on the bottom of the top strap (remove cylinder), left side of grip frame (remove grips) and a partical number on the rear of the cylinder.
the first and second model auto-ejecting have difference frame shapes, grips and internal mechanism. in my opinion the only way the box and revolver are original to each other is left over box from first model and very early second model revolver (first week or so of manufacture in 1890) only the markings and serial number can tell us that. because of the ongoing changes in manufacture happening during this era H&R did not make a habit of mixing boxes and revolvers.
Last edited by b.goforth; 08-16-2006 at 11:53 AM..