Re: S & W .38 special
You have a Military & Police revolver. It may possibly be a very early Model 10, if it was made after S&W started using model numbers.
Most of these revolvers were shipped with 4" barrels. Yours looks like either 5" or 6", which is less often encountered but not rare. From the photos furnished, it appears to be in good condition, retaining more bluing (if not re-blued) than most "good condition" guns, but I think that I see evidence of some rust, which will knock it out of NRA "Very Good" condition as far as a collector will be concerned.
The serial number will be visible on the bottom of the frame butt. You may be able to find its year of manufacture on line. The model number, if it has one, will be a "10" or "10-X" on the forestrap; visible when you open the cylinder.
As to actual street value, go to several Internet gun auction sites, and see what is actually being bid for comparable revolvers.
Hope this helps.
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