I made it to a Gun Show yesterday and acquired this one. She looks like an Iver Johnson. .38 Cal, Double Action Only, with a 3 1/4 inch barrel.
But the grips say something else. Like an Andrew Fyrberg? The logo or emblem has long gone. But the rest of the remaining area on the grips looks like several of the few Fyrbergs I have seen.
On the butt is the number 111 space witrh a Ships Anchor added and a final 3. No letters or prefixs.
Under the left grip on the frame are the numbers 70914.
She has a double post on top. In addition to a missing front sight, there are no address or patent dates.
On the right side behind the cylinder, on the frame someone has scrawled the the letter U S. The same same letters are on the left side.
On the left side there are also a series or scroll of numbers and letters combined, barely visible to the naked eye. They form a half circle running from the top of the frame beneath the rear sights, flow behind the cylinder area and stop above the trigger. Underneath the cylinder on the fram are the number 2255. Barely visible and fading fast. The look like the sort of thing that a Quarter Master or Armorer would scratch onto a weapon for inventory purposes. A real Rorschach Test in reading most of this stuff.
I'm guessing that it was a contract job for the Navy that has had a rough time of it. Any thoughts or insight available on this? What ever she is I have no plans to shoot her.