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gtman48
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USA
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Posted - 06/08/2008 :  5:24:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am trying to value a 38 S&W Special CTG that was given to my father by his father. I was told it is from WW1. The serial number is: 63271 it is stamped into the butt the barrel as well. It is nickel plated all over and seems to be in great shape.

Herschel
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2023 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2008 :  5:44:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
.38 S & W Special CTG is the stamping that indicates the caliber cartridge that the revolver fires. Unfortunatelly some cheap Spanish copies used this to mislead buyers into thinking the revolver was a S & W Product. Does it have the S & W logo on the right side of the receiver (sideplate) or on the grips? A rough approximation of the age of the revolver may be possible when it is established what model it is.

If the finish is factory nickle that will be a plus. If it is aftermarket plating it will be a detractor from value.

The serial number indicates it might be a Military and Police Model of 1905. If so it would have been produced in the 1905-1906 time frame.
The value would depend greatly on the mechanical condition and the amount of original finish remaining on the revolver.
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gtman48
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USA
4 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2008 :  05:45:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On the barrel is stamped:

38 S & W SPECIAL
US SERVICE CTG'S

Also yes the TRADE MARK logo for S & W is on the Right side of the receiver.

The Nickle is Factory it is on everything and still has a shine.
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gtman48
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USA
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Posted - 06/09/2008 :  05:48:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Also the logo is on the grips too. On the top of the barrel is stamped:

SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS USA
tHEN A WHOLE BUNCH OF PATENT STUFF?
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Xracer
Advanced Member

2551 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2008 :  09:18:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Herschel nailed it. What you have is Smith & Wesson .38 Military & Police (Model of 1905). 10,800 were manufactured between 1905 and 1906. Yours was made in 1905.

Blue Book value (% = amount of original finish left):

98% - $1,400
95% - $1,225
90% - $1,050
80% - $850
70% - $775
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gtman48
Starting Member

USA
4 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2008 :  9:14:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK, next question. How do I sell it?
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nmyers
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Posted - 06/11/2008 :  10:18:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
GunBroker is an auction site.

If you start on the home page, you can find the FOR SELLERS tutorial that will take you step-by-step through the process.

Before you do anything, browse current auctions on GB. Note that all auctions have photos. You will some good photos, but many that aren't. To get a reasonable price, you will need to post at least 6-8 high quality close-ups. If you aren't able to take good photos, it will be worth your while to pay a professional to take photos for you. (Hint: Most wedding photographers are also skilled at studio work.)

Neal
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dodrums
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Posted - 02/25/2010 :  10:21:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a very similar piece in Nickle and at approx 90% finish left. I am excited to hear that the value is where I suspected it might be. I am headed to a gun show this weekend to see if dealers and collectors may agree. Will post what I find out sometime later this weekend - many thanks.
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john w
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4050 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2010 :  01:26:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dodrums

I have a very similar piece in Nickle and at approx 90% finish left. I am excited to hear that the value is where I suspected it might be. I am headed to a gun show this weekend to see if dealers and collectors may agree. Will post what I find out sometime later this weekend - many thanks.



Your in for a rude awakening at the gunshow with the experts. BEWARE
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MIKE WISKEY
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7956 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2010 :  09:32:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"I am excited to hear that the value is where I suspected it might be."............in todays economic climate these prices are VERY optomistic, a 90% gun would be hard pressed to make $400/500

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