Can you email me with the complete markings on the gun, and possibly digital photos? The patent dates are in the same general range as Forehand & Wadsworth, but not exactly. firstname.lastname@example.org
25-75 or so
Can't be answered without a DETAILED description of ALL markings, barrel length, sights, stock material, box, papers, accessories, history, finish, overall condition, etc..
You will need to have it examined by a competent gunsmith to be sure.
Try the Blue Book of Gun Values
50-75 USD or so
Where did you find the "Forehand Arms Co."? This was the successor firm to Forehand & Wadsworth and operated from 1890 to 1902. It is quite possible that a Forehand Arms revolver would have had F&W grips if the new company was being economical and using up old parts, but it should NOT have the Smith & Wesson monogram on the other side. If it has a solid frame, it is probably the model listed in the Official Price Guide to Antique & Modern Firearms as simply "Revolver, 38 S&W". If the barrel and cylinder assembly is hinged, then it will probably be the "Perfection Automatic." Re-reading your post, I see that you only say it is a .38 caliber. I was only looking at revolvers chambered for the 38S&W cartridge, but if it should happen to use .38 Long Rimfire, it could be the "Bulldog,' but I think it would be marked with that name. I have F&W that is a 32 long with octagonal barrel. When I researched it a few years ago I learned that the company was started by Ethan Allens brother. I think his name was Seth. I used Google to research it and used many different search strings. There is lots of information out there, unfortunately I didn't bookmark or print it. Try different search strings and you will find the answers you need. Fred Saint Petersburg, FL Hi! I have a Forehand Arms Co. .32 caliber pistol with a 5 in. barrel, top break revolver, 6 chamber, nickle plated with wooden handle. Here are the stamped makings on top off the barrol: FOREHAND ARMS CO. WOROESTS MASS.U.S.A. PAT.JAN.11NOV.29'87JAN3'88. Here are the stamped makings on the cartridge: 3108 this has a circl stamped around it. I would like to know how old and what it is worth. I know Sullivan Forehand and C. Wadsworth son-in-laws to Ethan Allen took over the company on his death in 1871. They ran the compay under the name Forehand & Wadsworth from 1871-1890 when Wadsworth retired. Forehand to over changing the company name to Forehand Arms Company 1890-1898. Forehand died 1898 and his ears ran the company until they sold it 1902 to Hopkins & Allen. DEW Seems hard to find a lot of information about Forehand Arms as they are always just a footnote to Forehand & Wadsworth. The only .32 topbreak revolver I can find listed is called the Pocket Model in Traister's Antique Guns. This book is from 1994, so the value of $250 in Excellent condition is probably not valid anymore. There is not a lot of interest in these, so I would guess that one in New condition might be a bit over $1000 and $250 would probably get one in NRA Fair to Good condition.
Blue book of gun values
Chances are that your forehand double barrel was made by Crescent Firearms Co.These shotguns will bring between 50-150 dollars depending on condition,and a good set of bores.
Beginning of the barrel to end of barrel.
Yes, that is a fairly common barrel length.
Turn of the century, utility hand gun.
Frame, barrel and cylinder
No one revolver, no one size, no one answer.
A rifle that has barrel removed- not likely. Revolver that has barrel removed- VERY likely.
Provide a DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ALL MARKINGS, barrel length, finish
It should be marked on the barrel.
A bullet that has left the barrel has marks left from its travel down the barrel.
will a 38 revolver leave gun residue on clothing when fired
Barrel, cylinder, frame, grips, sights.tim is gay
No published data
Goto the area where you found the other Revolver parts, you will see a revolving vehicle station sign, behing the sign is a wreck of an old car on top of the rocks, the barrel is inside the car.The barrel is in the drivers seat of the crashed runner.