Re: Like New Iver Johnson & Co. .32 First Model
here is the same information i posted on another forum about this revolver.
the safety automatic revolver with marked with the name IVER JOHNSON & CO. and only two patent dates are the very earliest safety automatic revolver manufactured. it is believed they were only marked this way between the last week of the year 1893 and about april or may of 1894. the company name was officially changed to Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works in the spring of 1884. so far this markings has only shown up on the small frame 32 S&W models but there may be some large frame 38S&W version out there somewhere. both the 32 & 38 S&W calibers were 5 shot.
this early model uses a spring loaded hook extending down from the bottom of the top latch to retain the cylinder. this was such a small hook and so finely fitted into the top strap that if not kept completely clean 100% of the time it became useless very quickly. this type of cylinder retainer didn't last much longer than the the iver johnson & co. barrel marking. i do have early iver johnson's arms & cycle works marked revolvers with this type of cylinder retainer. a first model with this cylinder retainer that still works is the exception not the rule.
on such a early first model letter codes were not usued so the serial number is 13578, which is really a batch number. and in this case i believe it is safe to say, this is the thirteen thousand five hundred fifty eightth small frame manufactured some time in very early 1894, february at the latest.
these early first models will usually bring as least a 15% premium
FIRST MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMER REVOLVER
(Black Powder Cartridges)---------------------------1894-1895
LARGE & SMALL FRAME VERSIONS USES THE FAMOUS HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION This is the first revolver marked “Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works”, some very early model were marked “Iver Johnson & Co.”. It is a top break revolver with a single top post barrel latch, it was manufactured in two frame sizes and three calibers, standard finish was Nickel with blue being optional. Grip panels are hard rubber with Owls head design. Calibers: small frame .22 rimfire & .32 centerfire, Large frame .38 centerfire; Cylinder capacity: small frame .22 7 rounds & .32 5 rounds, Large frame 5 rounds; Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3¼ inches; Weight: small frame 3 inch barrel .22 rimfire 12 ounces, .32 centerfire 12¼ ounces large frame 3¼ inch barrel 17¼ ounces; Height: small frame 3¾ inches, large frame 3`7/8 inches; frame length: small frame 4 3/16 inches, large frame 5 inches; overall length small frame with 3 inch barrel 6 3/8 inches, large frame with 3¼ inch barrel 7 3/8 inch. Main serial number location on left side of grip frame; grips must be removed to see. . The First Model features a single top post barrel latch (release lever mounted on left side of top strap) and flat leaf hammer spring.
VALUE: 100%=$290 60%=$145