leehogan, your photos raise some questions:
Originally Posted by leehogan
Thanks for the info.
I have no intention of firing it!
Have posted some pictures.
A black power model made in 1898 should have a safety lever in the trigger, and front of trigger guard should be retained by a screw and not a cross pin. According to the book, these changes were not made until the change to smokeless powder in 1909. And the B serial number prefix was used again 1909-1918.
The type of mainspring will determine which it is:
If a flat spring, it's a black powder model made before 1909,
and if grips are original, the owl on grips facing toward the barrel indicates it is.
But an adjustable coil mainspring means it's a smokeless powder gun made in 1909.