Turn of the century give or take a few decades.
In order to bet a value for your Smith and Wesson handgun,I will need to know if your Smith and Wesson is a break open(top break)revolver,or a regular revolver,with a swing out cylinder.If you have a break open model then you have a either a 32 double action made from 1883-1909,or a 32 safety hammerless made from 1902-1909.If you have a regular swing out cylinder revolver it is a 32 Hand Ejector 5th change that was made from 1910-1917.Please identify which model and then we can establish a value for your Smith and Wesson.
You will need to provide more info on the handgun in question.Please include the model number if possible,the caliber,and barrel length. Also is this firearm a solid frame revolver or a top break action revolver.
Needs to be examined by a good gunsmith first.
It depends if it is single action, or double action, or safety hammerless, I have a double action 32 with exterior hammer, serial # 22173 to 43405 was made from 1882 to 1883 serial # 43406 to 282,999 was made from 1883 to 1909
I've seen them at second hand gun stores for about $100, so you might be able to get $50 if you sell it to a shop or $75 at a gun show.
Model number marking did not occur until 1957 or so.
Need a detailed description of ALL markings.
Go to S&W's website and request a manual.
Please add the following info to help identify your Smith and Wesson handgun.Is it a break open model or revolver,how many shots,what caliber,what barrel length,along with the serial number that you included.
S&W can tell you if you call them.
It is a top break style double action revolver that was made by the Iver Johnson Company from 1910-1935. Value is not great, but will be heavily influenced by condition., averaging around $125-$150 for a specimen in Very Good condition.
We need some more information to answer your question- starting with the word "break". Many of the early hammerless revolvers were a "break action", when the revolver was loaded/ unloaded by lifting a latch at the top rear of the frame. This permitted the action to be pivoted open (or broken), and the fired cartridges ejected, and new cartridges inserted. If you mean "break" as in destroy, that is too broad to answwer here. Please feel free to leave a message on my message board, and we will try to get you a good answer.
$75-$150, depending on the exact model and condition.
Well, those are 5 chambers, not 5 cylinders. Bearing NO connection to the US Secret Service, the name was used by both A J Aubrey and Harrington & Richardson. Value is in the $100-$150 range. Think the term you were looking for was top break revolver.
What years did they make the 38 top break revolver? How can you know how old one is?
without the pics it sounds like a new departure first model made from 1888-1902
Your .38 top break DA third model was made between 1884-1895.
@ turn of the century, inexpensive.
Best source of information is the Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson, 3rd edition.
A break in the action is a pause. A break in the action is a temporary suspension of activity. Activity stops temporarily.
A top break revolver
Vash's gun is supposedly custom made but when it's not in "angel arm" form, it mostly resembles a combination between the Mateba Autorevolver (for its barrel is aligned with the bottom of the cylinder instead of the top) and the Schofield Revolver (for its break action style for a revolver). When it is in Angel-Arm Form, it is simply known as the "Angel Gun" or "Angel Arm" Check out the Chiappa Rhino revolver. It does not break like Vash's gun but the barrel and cylinder are located towards the bottom of the revolver.
The Warner Arms Corp was established in 1912 and marketed revolvers, rifles, semi-automatic pistols, and shotguns made for them by other companies including N.R. Davis & Sons, Ithaca Gun Company, and so forth. In 1917, the company was purchased by N.R. Davis & Company. Under Warner, the .38 caliber revolver is only described as a double action or a double action hammerless. You state that the gun is marked ".38 Smith & Wesson", which is a black powder round first introduced in 1880 by Smith & Wesson and was most often seen in break top revolvers. The round is relatively low power and the break top action is inherently weak, so the two went well together. During that time frame, the break top was very popular. Under Davis-Warner, only a .32 revolver is discussed and it is a swing out cylinder meaning that it is a solid frame revolver. You have an old gun which, if in good condition or better, is worth less than $100 to a collector. If the condition is VG or Exc, the value is somewhat higher, but not astronomical. This is a collector gun, not a shooter. It may be able to be shot, but it's best if it isn't.
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