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Iver Johnson's .32? 5 shot revolver question

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Reliteech, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Reliteech

    Reliteech New Member

    Apr 12, 2009
    I have an Iver Johnson's revolver, nickel with mother of pearl grips. It has a hammer. The serial number appears to be P37917; the patent notification on the butt reads "PAT. June 16.96-Aug 25.96." It's a little dirty, but otherwise looks to be in good condition. I would appreciate any information on the age and possible value of this gun.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2009
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    this is a small frame second model safety automatic hammer revolver. serial number P37917 was manufactured in 1906.

    (Black Powder Cartridges)------------1896-1908
    LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME VERSIONS USES HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION: Double top post barrel latch, nickel finish standard, blue optional, hard rubber grip panels with Owls head at top. Hammer the Hammer action, two frame sizes, and three calibers. Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3 ¼ inches; Calibers: small frame .22 rimfire 7 rounds cylinder capacity, .32 centerfire 5 rounds cylinder capacity, large frame .38 centerfire 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Weight: small frame with 3 inch barrel .22 rimfire 12 ounces, .32 centerfire 12 ¼ ounces, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 17¼ ounces; Frame height: small frame 3 ¼ inches, large frame 3 7/8 inches; Frame length: small frame 4 3/26 inches, large frame 5 inches; Overall length: small frame with 3 inch barrel 6 3/8 inches, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 7 3/8 inches. Only difference between the first and second model is the barrel latch. Main serial number location on left side of grip frame grips must be removed to see. The Second Model features a double top post barrel latch, flat leaf hammer spring and two cross pins in the lower frame.
    VALUE: 100%=$275 60%=$135
    For revolvers equipped with Bourne Knuckleduster add 100%

    mother of pearl grips were offered as a factory option but were also available as an after market item. if the grips have the serial number written in pencil or ink on the back side there is a 99% chance they are factory original.