Smith and Wesson 32 caliber revolver

3 years ago #1
32 CALIBER S&W REVOLVER
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My brother recently received a handgun from family estate. I have a working knowledge of hunting rifles and shotguns but I have very little knowledge of revolvers. I would like some help determining value and finding a buyer (my brother needs the money).
DESCRIPTION OF HANDGUN:
1. 32 caliber Smith & Wesson 5 shot revolver.
2. 3.5 inch barrel
3. Nickel Plated
4.Serial number on handle butt is 14339
5. Squeeze safety on pistol grip.
6. Hammer less Revolver.
7. Is a top break revolver
8. Two lines of very small print on top ridge of barrel as best as I can read (I"m 60 yrs old) are as follows:
1st line - SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A. PAT'D FEBY
2nd line - 80TY.DEC18, TY. MAY 11,80 SEPT. 11, 85. OCT. 9, 85. TWO AUG.4,85 r
NOTE: May have missed a few numbers or letters listed above. They are very small.
9.We have "NOT SHOT" this gun, but all parts seem to be working well.
10. Gun does have some spots of oxidation. We have chosen not to clean. If gun has any value this probably should be done by a pro.
11. Have box in which gun came. It identifies gun on side of box and has directions for use on top of lid on the inside.
12. Also included is the cleaning brush.
13. I have attached 8 photos for review.

I would like value estimates
Thank you,
James

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3 years ago #2
bjornolf
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Can you post photos? If not, I need a little more. Is it top break or hand ejector? What does it say on side of barrel? Where did you get serial number? Bottom of butt is best.

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3 years ago #3
minker
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It is top break and serial was on bottom of butt.

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3 years ago #4
minker
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Nothing is written on side of barrel. Only on top ridge of barrel

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3 years ago #5
minker
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Hey bjornolf,
Were you able to help me with anymore info of the 32cal S&W revolver we talked about yesterday
minker

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3 years ago #6
bjornolf
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When you say safety on the grip, do you mean this is a lemon squeezer, as in there is a large extension of the handle you squeeze with your hand in order to be able to pull the trigger? Is there a visible hammer?

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3 years ago #7
minker
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Yes there is large extension on the handle you squeeze in able to pull trigger. There is no visible hammer.

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3 years ago #8
bjornolf
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Is there a trigger guard?

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3 years ago #9
minker
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Yes there is a trigger guard.

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3 years ago #10
bjornolf
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If this really has only five digits in the serial number, what you have is a .32 Safety Hammerless 1st model. It was made in 1889-1891. In excellent condition with box it is worth somewhere in the $700-800.

Hope this helps.

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3 years ago #11
minker
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Thank you very much. You've been very patient with me and I am very impressed with your knowledge and kindness.
Thanks,
Minker

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3 years ago #12
bjornolf
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No problem. I'm not the best with values though. You might want to wait for JP to confirm it. I'm usually pretty well within the ballpark, but he can often narrow it down and adjust it somewhat. Photos are always key with him, though.

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3 years ago #13
minker
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Hey bjornolf,
I just posted more info on the 32 cal S&W revolver and was able to attach six pictures. Shown me as guest instead of minker. Would appreciate it if you could review and give me any additional info.
minker/James

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3 years ago #14
JP@AK
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Minker
I just sent you a lengthy PM in response to yours. Please disregard most of what I wrote there - clearly you have already posted your question to the open forum. As I said in my reply to you, I need to get back home before I can be of much more help to you than bjornolf has already been. And thanks for posting the very helpful photographs. Having that box in this condition is a huge plus.

As for your self-reported rules violation - don't trouble yourself. You corrected the error and we appreciate it very much.

I look forward to helping you in a couple days when I get back home to Alaska.

Regards,
JP

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3 years ago #15
bjornolf
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Well, with that pitting, it's not in excellent condition, more like very good, MAYBE fine. That puts value at around $275-325, plus some for the box etc., maybe $400 at the top. Again, JP is better at this than I for value. I work off a six year old book and extrapolate value changes. He has more recent data.

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3 years ago #16
Blackjack33
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Minker - You can polish your nickle S&W very easily and you will be extremely pleased with the results. Buy a bottle of Flitz metal polish and use it gently. Don't be afraid to give it three or four tries and you will see minor scratches disappear. It's available in a 3.4 oz. black plastic bottle on ebay and at most big box home stores for less than $8.00 Follow up by giving the entire revolver a coating of Renaissance paste wax. Here's a nickle 1908 Colt .25 auto that I polished.

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3 years ago #17
JP@AK
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bjornolf wrote:
Well, with that pitting, it's not in excellent condition, more like very good, MAYBE fine. That puts value at around $275-325, plus some for the box etc., maybe $400 at the top. Again, JP is better at this than I for value. I work off a six year old book and extrapolate value changes. He has more recent data.

Actually, on these 19th century revolvers, the presence of the box is significant. They become more scarce with each passing year. The condition of this revolver will probably score Fine because of its age and the nickel can probably be somewhat improved by the careful application of Flitz.
As shown, I would put the value at around $425. So, you were in the ballpark, bjornolf.
Regards,
JP
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3 years ago #18
minker
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Thanks to all for helping me with this matter,.
MINKER

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3 years ago #19
bjornolf
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Sure, no problem.

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