Very nice! that ones a beaut. I wish we'd see more of these classics on the forum, thanks for putting up the picture.
December 17, 2011, 12:18 AM
I would put the date in the mid to late 1930's; the highest pre-WWII number for the .32 HE was in the 534xxx range.
As to value, I would WAG at around $550, but maybe someone else will have a better idea. I think checking the on-line auctions would be a waste of time; those guns just don't come up every day.
December 17, 2011, 10:37 AM
I think I'm in love.
December 17, 2011, 12:38 PM
I have a Regulation Police 38 "I" frame from the 20's, I would like to find a 32 such as yours to go with it. I'm envious and like it. I'll eventually find one.
December 17, 2011, 07:30 PM
Folks at S&W seem to think this is more of a 1500-2000 dollar gun - I found one online for 1895 and the finish was pitiful compared to this, so I am hoping they are correct...... :D
December 17, 2011, 09:21 PM
One thing I just noticed on this revolver. The grips are made without a S&W medallion. I was assured by a CS rep @ S&W that that is a sure indicator of 1920's production. I saw a note on this over on one of the S&W forums also. Medallions were used in grips before 1920 and after 1929, as I was led to believe. My mid 20's Regulation Police "I" frame is the same way; no medallion.
December 22, 2011, 12:50 AM
Almost certainly 1929. Guns in the 508000 to 509000 serial range shipped that year. 379160 shipped in 1923, 4599xx shipped in 1926, so assuming roughly 20,000 guns a year, late 1928 or sometime in 1929 seems pretty certain.
I think investing $50 for a factor letter would be worthwhile on that beauty, both to satisfy personal curiosity and to enhance re-sale value to a collector.
December 22, 2011, 12:59 AM
pre 1910 - No medallion.
Post 1910- gold plated brass medallion.
1917-19 Military production without medallions.
Stocks didn't have the medallion between 1920 & 1929, a carry over from a materials shortage during WWI.
1929- flash chrome brass medallion.
Source: SCSW Page 21.
December 22, 2011, 01:04 AM
As for value, the Standard catalog of S&W in 2006 noted the .32 Hand Ejector 3rd Model in excellent plus condition was worth $385, with a premium for the target version.
If someone is willing to pay registered magnum prices it would probably be wise to take the offer. But then you wouldn't have a rare and interesting piece....
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