Re: Help identifying Iver Johnson 5 shot "owl head"
i can't give you the exact year of manufacture with the information posted. the serial number on the bottom of the trigger guard is a secondary location and not added until 1904. the main serial number lacation is on the left side of the grip frame and the grips must be removed to see. this is the location of any letter code prefix to the serial number and this letter code prefix is what i need to identify year of manufacture. the picture does verify that it is a small frame 32 S&W caliber second model, see below.
SECOND MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMER REVOLVER
(Black Powder Cartridges)------------1896-1908
LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME VERSIONS USES HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION: Double top post barrel latch, nickel finish standard, blue optional, hard rubber grip panels with Owls head at top. Hammer the Hammer action, two frame sizes, and three calibers. Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3 ¼ inches; Calibers: small frame .22 rimfire 7 rounds cylinder capacity, .32 centerfire 5 rounds cylinder capacity, large frame .38 centerfire 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Weight: small frame with 3 inch barrel .22 rimfire 12 ounces, .32 centerfire 12 ¼ ounces, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 17¼ ounces; Frame height: small frame 3 ¼ inches, large frame 3 7/8 inches; Frame length: small frame 4 3/26 inches, large frame 5 inches; Overall length: small frame with 3 inch barrel 6 3/8 inches, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 7 3/8 inches. Only difference between the first and second model is the barrel latch. Main serial number location on left side of grip frame grips must be removed to see. The Second Model features a double top post barrel latch, flat leaf hammer spring and two cross pins in the lower frame.
VALUE: 100%=$275 60%=$135
For revolvers equipped with Bourne Knuckleduster add 100%
the cut off hammer spur is most likely not original. THIS REVOLVER IS DESIGNED FOR BLACK POWDER CARTRIDGE PRESSURES AND IS NOT SAFE WITH MODERN SMOKELESS AMMO.