Harrington & Richardson Pistol

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  1. gatorbuc1

    gatorbuc1 New Member

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    I have a Harrington and Richardson pistol that my father left me. It was my Great Grandmothers gun. She passed away in 1981. THe gun seems to be very old. I do not know much about guns and was wondering what it might be worth. On the top of the gun it says Harrington & Richardson Arms Company. UNderneath that it says Worcester Mass USA and what I think might be the Patent date of 1887. IT is a top break pistol and holds five rounds. If there are anymore information that you need please feel free to let me know.

    Thanks
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    most likely this is a second model large frame auto-ejecting in caliber 38 S&W. the serial number found under the top strap (remove cylinder to see). if there are more than the one patent date on the top of the barrel it could be anything from a small frame premier to a hammerless. below is the information of the second model auto-ejector.

    AUTOMATIC EJECTING SECOND MODEL (NEW FRAME TARGET LOGO GRIPS)
    (BLACK POWDER) ---------------------------------1890-1904
    New frame shape and new hard rubber grip panels with Target Logo, Auto-ejecting mechanism, Calibers 32 S&W, 6 shot cylinder capacity, 38 S&W caliber 5 shot cylinder capacity, nickel finish (blue optional), barrel lengths of 2½ (rare), 3¼ (standard), 4, 5 & 6 inches available,
    “IF THERE IS NO CALIBER MARKING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BARREL THEN IT WAS MANUFACTURED FOR BLACK POWDER”
    Top of barrel markings include company name and address and patent dates.
    First Variation; one patent date OCT-4-87 only ----------1890-1892
    Second Variation one patent date marked OCT-4-1887 (year marked in full)---1890-1892*
    Third Variation three patent dates, Oct-4-1887, May 14 & Aug-6-89 ---1893-Only*
    Fourth Variation three patent dates Oct-4-87, May-14 & Aug-6-89 (note 87 date des not have full year markings)--------1894-1896*
    Fifth Variation five patent dates Oct-4-87, May 14 & Aug-6-89, April-2-95, April-7-96 -----1897-1904*
    *Serial numbers found on the bottom side of the top strap will have letter codes with them.
    VALUE 100%=$225 60%=$85 For all Auto-Ejecting 2nd Models; add 75% premium for 2½” barrel; add 25% for 4”, 5” & 6” barrels; add 15% for blue finish; add 10% for 1st , 2nd, 3rd & 4th variations with nickel trigger guard on nickel finish pieces
    bill
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