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Hopkins and Allen revolver value?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Jackeac, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Jackeac

    Jackeac New Member

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    I have a Hopkins and Allen revolver with patent dates of 1877 and 1885. The serial number is 312, I think. I can't be positive about the "3", and for that matter, I don't even know for certain this is a serial number. It's stamped on the frame, just under the barrel. The cylinder also has "3" "1" and "2" stamped on it on the face that is adjacent to the firing pin/hammer. It's a .38, 5 shot, a bright finish that could be nickel, I guess, but badly corroded in a number of places, and seriously needs a good cleaning (which I'm working on). One of the grips is broken at the bottom, the other apears to have a small crack runing up the grip.

    Any guesses as to the value of this revolver? My thought is that a low serial number should be attractive to a collector, but I just don't know how common these pistols are.

    Thanks for your thoughts on this.
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    this is a pre feb. 1899 production H&A top break revolver. the 30th edition of the blue book lumps all these together with no dates of production at 100%=$170 down to 60%=$65. these revolvers were designed for black powder cartridge pressures and should not be fired with smokeless ammo.

    the main serial number location is either on the bottom of the butt strap or under the grips on the left side of the grips frame.

    bill
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