J Stevens A & T Company

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  1. Tallboy

    Tallboy New Member

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    A friend of mine has a .32 cal rimfire and we are trying to determine the value. The barrel markings are J Stevens A & T Company, Chicopee Fals, Massachusetts Patent 1864. The barrel and trigger guards have the numbers 32849 engraved. I don't know if this is a serial number or model number. The barrell is octagon in shape. The main difference between it and pictures currently online is that the trigger guard is a double loop but the back loop is fully enclosed. It appears someone tried to clean the outside of the barrell, but everything else appears untouched. The gun was obtained by his grandfather in 1872. Any information would be greatly appreciated. My email is t.pruden@insightbb.com if you have any info.
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    Welcome to the forum, but there are some problems with your description, and clear photos will be needed to identify what your friend has.

    The J. Stevens A(rms) & T(ool) Co. marking was used 1886-1916, so the gun was not made or obtained in 1870s.

    You may be describing a Stevens Favorite model, but an enclosed loop lever would be a special order.

    And please take a closer look at the patent marking, and list the whole date.
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    Attached are severa 100_0902.jpg

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    IMG_0077.jpg l photos. The barrel does say J Stevens A & T Co. Chicopee Falls, Mass USA Pat Sept. 6, 1864. The model is a 32849 with a O underneither it.
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    Here are two more.

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    Ah, so it's an earlier tip-up model, made ca 1870s-1895. Look on the lower stock tang inside the loop and there may be a model number. (32849 is the serial number, but there are no known records)

    Also look at underside of barrel in front of frame and see if there's a screw hole, as they were made with and without forends.

    Flayderman lists value in Very Good condition of $300, but the cleaning of barrel exterior will hurt value, and the frames were originally nickel plated.
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    There is not a screw whole in the barrel. Inside the loop is only 32849. Could the O under the model serial number (in the picture) be the model number?
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    No, the model numbers for those without forends were 1 through 6 and 15-16, but not all were marked.
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