38 smith and wesson lemon squeezer

4 years ago #1
Tony38
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Hello, can you tell me ruffly what a 38 Smith and Wesson Lemon Squeezer with a 3'' barrel in great conditon other than the nichol plating is worn pretty bad may be worth? Serial Number is 110797 , And is the Serial Number indicate that this was the 110797 one made out of the 350k that was made? Thank you.

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4 years ago #2
JP@AK
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Hello Tony
Based on the serial number, you have a S&W .38 Safety Hammerless Third Model revolver. There were 73,500 of this variant made from 1890 to 1898. Yours was fairly late in the run.
Nickel plate was common on these guns and it is also common to see them in relatively poor condition, with the plating flaking off.
Your gun is worth approximately $200 in today's market.

And is the Serial Number indicate that this was the 110797 one made out of the 350k that was made?

Not really. First, see my comment above about the total number of 3d Models manufactured. Second, S&W did not always roll its guns off the line in serial order and often did not ship them in serial order either. Moreover, the "birth date" of a S&W revolver is never tied to when it came off the assembly line. It is always associated with when the gun shipped from the factory. Sometimes frames sat in the vault for years before they were shipped to a customer or wholesale house.
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JP
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3 years ago #3
Josh
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I have one with a serial number of 544 an think its made in 1880's the nickel is a little rough an has pearl handles that are in good shape, the coolest thing is that it still shoots good an These guns could've been used by Wyatt Erp or William Bonnie it's unlikely but possible but more than like was just issued to a company an the 50$ letter u buy is 50 bucks lost so I've not done it yet an it's very hard to believe for me that 200 would buy it no disrespect meant its just me probably but I'd be very upset with myself if I let mine go for any less than a grand...

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3 years ago #4
JP@AK
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Josh wrote:
I'd be very upset with myself if I let mine go for any less than a grand...:)

Hi Josh
I think you will be owning that gun for a very long time! Which is fine, since you like it. I agree that these are a lot of fun to shoot. But they really don't have much value in today's market. I've seen several of them change hands at recent gun shows. None brought $200. I've also seen them sit on gun store shelves for years with $250 price tags on them. No one is interested.
S&W made a gazillion of them back in the day and most of them are now in rough shape. One in perfect condition and with the original box would bring more than $1,000, but the vast majority of them are valued at a lot less than that.
JP
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9 months ago #5
Ken
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I have one that had been sitting in a glass case for years and nickle plated and in almost if not perfect condition. Just no box.
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Will have to take pics later.at the gunshop right now, lol.

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9 months ago #6
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