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I Don't Know The Maker!

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Old Gun Guy, May 17, 2012.

  1. Old Gun Guy

    Old Gun Guy Member

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    Hello!
    I have this spur trigger revolver that may be a Hopkins & Allen made for Merwin Hulbert, or a different manufacturer. I have studied various pics of the spur trigger revolvers of the different manufactures of this period, and I can't pin this one down. It has factory ivory grips, and is engraved in the floral and punch design. Also, the only markings are "DEFENDER" on the top strap and the serial # 727 under the left grip.
    Anybody recognize this one?
    Thanks!
    Old Gun Guy
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    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  2. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

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    It's an Iver Johnson. The "engraving" resembles that H&A used, but their spur triggers had a different cylinder pin latch.
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    Manufactured 1873-1888. Per Goforth, IJ serial numbered 1-99999, then started over, so the number would not really be a true serial number for the total production.

    Jim
  4. Old Gun Guy

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    Thanks fellas! Do you think the engraving was done at the factory?
    Old Gun Guy
  5. Jim K

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    Yes, it is pretty standard "bench engaving", done by a factory employee. In the 1880's, Defender revolvers sold for $1.50 for the .22; $2.60 for the .32, and $2.80 for the .38. Engraving cost cost a whole $.25 extra. (For comparison, the Colt SAA was $14.)

    Jim
  6. Old Gun Guy

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    Thanks again Jim! That $.25 extra charge for engraving was probably a day's wages back then.
    Old Gun Guy
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