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harrington and richardson arms company 32 cal top break revolver

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by mark19704, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. mark19704

    mark19704 New Member

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    need a little help dating this pistol i just received it while cleaning out my grandmothers closet.

    it is a harrington and richardson arms company top break pistol

    was told it is a 32 caliber but that is about all i know any help would be appreciated.\
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  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    this is a small frame Premier 3rd variation.

    H&R PREMER FIRST MODEL SMALL FRAME TOP BREAK
    (BLACK POWDER)---------------------------------------------1895-1904
    Small fame double action top break revolver with double top post barrel latch; calibers and cylinder capacity, 22 rimfire-7 rounds, 32 centerfire-5 rounds; Free wheeling cylinder (no automatic cylinder stop); standard finish Nickel with case harden hammer and barrel latch; standard barrel length 3 inches, with 4, 5 and 6 inches available as optional; features a scaled down version of the new frame and double action mechanism introduced in 1890 on the Auto-Ejecting Second Model, does not have caliber marking on left.
    NO CALIBER MARKINGS ON LEFT SIDE OF BARREL MANUFACTURED FOR BLACK POWDER CARTRIDGE PRESSURES
    First Variation, patent dates 10-4-87, 5-14-89, 2-23-92, serial number range 01*-15,000 (estimate)-------------------------1895-April 1896
    Second Variation, patent dates 10-4-87, 5-14-89, 4-2-95, 4-7-96, serial number range 15,000*-20,000* (estimate) ---------------May 1896
    Third Variation, patent dates 10-4-87, 4-2-95, 4-7-96, serial number range 20,000* to 100,000* (estimate)--------------------1897-1898
    Fourth Variation, automatic cylinder stop same patent dates as 3rd variation several different serial number series that may have letter codes ---1899-1903
    Fifth Variation use different font in barrel markings and may have an A letter code in the serial number ---------------------------1904 -only
    VALUE: 100%=$285 60%=$75 Add 10% premium for blue finish; 20% premium 4”, 5” or 6” barrel; 20% premium for 22 rimfire caliber

    bill
  3. mark19704

    mark19704 New Member

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    thank you for your reply now my next question is should i get this to a gunsmith for a check up and where can i get ammo for this?
  4. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    in my opinion this revolver should not be fired regardless of condition. i do not fire any revolver this old.
    bill
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