Harrington & Richards Top Break

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by rondevries, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. rondevries

    rondevries New Member

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    Jun 17, 2011
    I am new at this so please bare with me. I do not know the model, the caliber, type of bullets to be used,when the pistol was manufactured,
    and its current value. Thanking you advance for your information.

    The pistol is a H & R Top Break with the following inscribed on the top of the barrel: Harrington & Richardson Arms Company, Worchester, Mass. USA
    Pat Oct 4, 87, May 14 & Aug 6, '89, April 2, '95, April 7,1896

    The Serial number on the bottom of the top strap is either an E or a F 20597.

    No markings on the cyclinder. 4 inch barrel.

    The black handle has a cresent with "F & W" in fancy lettering above and partially surrounding a patriotic emblem with stars on the top third and downward stripes on the lower two-thirds.

    Thanks again for your expertise!!
     
  2. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    ron,
    Welcome to the forum.
    From your description and the top barrel rib inscription:
    You have a 2nd Model (1890 - 1904) "AUTOMATIC EJECTING" 5th Variation (1897-1904); made to use Black Powder cartridges, only. If it is a 6 shooter, it was chambered for .32 S&W and .32 H&R Long. If it is a 5 shooter, it was chambered for .38 S&W. As to the serial number prefix: 'E' would be either 1900 or 1901; 'F' would be 1902 or 1903. Since the number part is in the 20K range - I'd be willing to bet that the letter is an 'E'...???
    Standard issue for this Model is: Nickel plated, 3 1/4" barrel, black, hard rubber grip panels with molded in H&R "Target with holes" logo. Options include: blued finish; 2 1/2", 4, 5, 6" barrels; checkered Walnut, mother-of-pearl or Ivory grip panels.
    Current RETAIL values: 100%/NIB (there are still some out there) $225; 95% - $170; 90% - $140; 80% $100-$125 and so on down to $25 for a parts gun. Blue finish is worth a 15% premium; 2 1/2" barrel (rare) 75% premium; 25% premium for 4, 5 or 6" barrel. Without pics or a full description of the condition - your piece will fall somewhere in the above RETAIL values guide lines.
    Your piece has non-original grip panels (sounds like FOREHAND & WADSWORTH panels), which will detract somewhat from the overall value, but the 4" barrel is a plus. Since your piece is a BLACK POWDER - ONLY capable gun, it has, primarily, collector interest and value.
    NOTE: the variation number on the photo is not correct - it was changed by later research to be Variation 5.
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    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011

  3. lubelizard

    lubelizard New Member

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    Jun 14, 2011
    Wrong thread.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  4. rondevries

    rondevries New Member

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    Jun 17, 2011
    Mr. Hauff,

    Your information was exactly what I needed!!

    Thank you very much!!!

    Ron
     
  5. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Ron,
    You're very welcome, glad to help out. AND, thanks for thanking

    Mr. Hauff
     
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