Hopkins & Allen XL No 3 N.Y.
I have this old revolver and was curious as to it's age and relative value.
It is engraved on the top strap:
Hopkins & Allen Mfg. Co.
XL No 3 N.Y.
Pat. Mar. 28, 1871
It is a .32 rimfire, 5 round revolver with a tear drop trigger.
The serial number engraved on the cylinder pin and the cylinder is 1265.
From some of the information I've found already I know there should also be a serial number under the wooden grips. However, I'm not about to remove them to check since the gun is in such fantastic condition and I don't want to risk damaging the screw head.
The nickel finish is around 95% and the wood grips are in great condition. The rifling in the octagonal barrel is still deep and has sharp edges. The knurling on the trigger, hammer, cylinder pin, and pin retaining lever is all crisp and deep. It appears to be completely functional and I do have a box of 50 rounds for it. However, I have no intention of firing it. I really think this gun was purchased and sat in someone's desk drawer for it's entire life since it shows so little wear.
Since I've no pictures I tried my best to describe the details. I'm not so concerned about value as I am about age. I think it's a rather striking little revolver and don't intend to part with it. I'm just curious to get more information about it. Thank you.