Old Smith & Wesson - What is the value?

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  1. Danik

    Danik New Member

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    Smith & Wesson, 5 Shot Revolver Double Action .... What caliber is it ... there is nothing marked on the barrel? The inside diameter of the barrel is approx 3/8". The barrel is 3-1/4" in length. There is a string of patent and re-issue dates on top of the barrel. The first date is: patent Jan 24-1865, and the last reissue date is Jan 5, 1882. The serial number is 267781. This S/N number is marked on the bottom of the handle and also on the cartridge cylinder. It has a blued finish but most has turned to an even aged patina on the surface of the metal. It has about 30% of the original blue. Balance of metal is a gray/brown patina. All original. The barrel to frame lockup is tight but there is a very small amount of wiggle when closed. Automatic ejector works perfectly. Bore is bright and shiney with clearly defined rifling. There are some very minor pitting spots..... What is the dollar value to a collector?

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  2. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    It's either .32 S&W or .38 S&W. Get a caliper and measure the bore or the holes in the cylinder.

    The caliber will determine which model it is, and the value.
  3. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    danik,
    3 1/4 inches was the standard barrel length for the 38 caliber S&W Double Action top break revolver. the 32 (small frame) standard barrel length was 3 inches. the caliber will be .38 S&W. this model was manufactured between 1880 and 1911 there were 5 different models. i am not an S&W expert but this is most likely a third model (1884-1895). flaydermans gude to american antique fireatms list the third model as very good $175 and exc. $300. even though flayderman does not give information on black-vs-smokeless powder the third model was most likely manufactured for black powder cartridge pressures.
    bill
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