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dick41
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Posted - 01/16/2010 :  10:24:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am attempting to find a value and approx. manufacture date on an old revolver that my father gave to me years ago. The weapon is a Harrington & Richardson 38 S&W CTGE, 5 shot, break open, auto eject, blued, hammerless revolver. The frame has slight freckling but the bore and overall condition of the gun is in good condition. I would rate it at around 70-80%. Imprinted on the upper part of the grip is a, square, target symbol with, target rings and bullet holes. The ser# is 121576. Thanks !

b.goforth
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Posted - 01/17/2010 :  12:39:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
this is a second model 3rd or 4th variation depending on the barrel markings.

H&R HAMMERLESS FIRST MODEL LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK
(BLACK POWDER)----------------------------------1899-1904
Large Frame Double Action Hammerless Top Break revolver with double top post barrel latch; caliber and cylinder capacity, 38 S&W (5 rounds); finish is nickel or blue (optional); grips are hard rubber with a target logo at the top; standard barrel length is 3 inch, with 4, 5 and 6 inch optiona; rebounding hammer; automatic cylinder stop. There are no known variations in this model. top of barrel is marked with the same 5 patent dates as the Auto-Ejector Second model 5th Variation, no caliber markings on left side of barrel.
Serial number range; approximately 01* to 45000* (No letter codes): Highest known 43308 (* Estimate)
NO CALIBER MARKINGON LEFT SIDE OF BARREL DESIGNED FOR BLACK POWDER CARTRIDGE PRESSURES ONLY
VALUE: 100%=$295 60%=$105 Add 10% premium for blue finish; 20% premium 4, 5 or 6 barrel

H&R HAMMERLESS SECOND MODEL LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK
Smokeless powder---------------------------------1905-1941
Large Frame Double Action Hammerless Top Break revolver with double top post barrel latch; caliber and cylinder capacity, 38 S&W (5 rounds); finish is nickel or blue (optional); grips are hard rubber with a target logo at the top; standard barrel length is 3 inch, with 4, 5 and 6 inch optional; rebounding hammer; automatic cylinder stop. The cylinder was lengthen to take the 32 S&W long cartridge and the catalogs now listed the calibers as; 6 shot 32 S&W, 32 S&W Long, 32 Colt New Police cartridges. Also offered in 5 shot 38 S&W and 38 Colt New Police. Caliber marked on left side of barrel THIS MODEL WAS DESIGNED FOR SMOKELESS POWDER CARTRIDGE PRESSURES
First variation, 5 patent dates same as First model with caliber marked on left side of barrel, serial number range 45000*-55000* (estimate)-1905-Only
Second Variation, patent dates,5-14 & 8-6-89,4-2-95, 4-7-96, serial number range; 55000*- 100000*(estimate)------------1906-1908
Third Variation, patent dates 8-6-1889, 10-8-1895, serial number range; 100000*-120000*(estimate)-------------------1909-1912:
Fourth Variation, no patent dates, state in address not spelled out (MASS.), serial number range; 120000*-160000*(estimate) ---1913-1915
Fifth Variation, no patent dates state name in address is spelled out (MASSACHUETTS), serial number range; 160000*-190000* (estimate) -1916-1924
Sixth Variation , new grip frame same as Auto-Ejector, serial number range; unknown---------1925-1940
There is some indication production of the hammerless model stopped somewhere in the early 1920s but it was carried in catalogs until 1941 Estimate*
After 1930 listed in Catalogs as: H&R HAMMERLESS No. 50 TOP BREAK .32 S&W LONG 6 shot and H&R HAMMERLESS No. 55 TOP BREAK .38 S&W 5 shot
VALUE: 100%=$325 60%=$110 Add 10% premium for blue finish; 20% premium 4, 5 or 6 barrel


bill


Edited by - b.goforth on 01/17/2010 12:47:55 PM
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5mmgunguy
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Posted - 01/17/2010 :  3:44:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As you describe it maybe $150...
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