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    Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and have a question about what I think is a baby chief. S&W factory told me it was made in 1952 it is nickel and has pearl handles. Are the grips factory and what is it worth? It doesn't have a model number that I can find.

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    pictures, pictures, pictures!
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    to the forums from the Wiregrass, Doc #341 and countin'! This is getting easy for an ol' man. I can jest call ever' body Doc.

    We are going to need pictures of at least both sides of the gun. Good ones...don't use a cell phone or webcam. If you have problems posting, PM me and I'll give you help. Give us close ups of the finish and a partial serial number (XX out the last 2 or 3 digits). Do the pearls have the gun's SN penciled or scratched inside one of the panels? Do they have medallions? Does it have target sights? Model numbers were not used before 1957. So what you have is a pre-Model 36.
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    can you post a pic? nickel babies are few and far between. i'd check for a refinish. the pearls are not original. if it was made in 52, it is a true baby.
    here is a '52 vintage baby:



    note the small "round" triggerguard, early "oval" flatlatch, and 5-screw frame.

    check for the "baby" features, and post a pic, or at least the serial number, and maybe we can get more info.

    if it was originally nickel, it may have a small "N" stamped before the serial number underneath the barrel, and may have an "N" stamped in the grip frame, visible when you remove the grip panels. if it has a "B" in either place, it was originally blue. if it doesn't have anything, a letter might be the only way to tell, unless it is a really bad refinish.(are the hammer and trigger nickel?!).

    welcome to the forum. i love the early chiefs. if you get it post pics!!!
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    Baby chief

    I don't know how to lad pics on here. The hammer and trigger are nickel it looks just like the one in the pic here. I called S&W gave them the serial # they told me it was made in 1952

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    Well, the gun has been refinished. That pretty much kills the value. If the pearls are real, they are probably worth as much or more than the gun.
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    New Doc,

    Welcome!
    I agree, never heard of a nickle gun leaving Springfield with nickle hammer nor trigger nickled. They would have a "case-hardened" surface like that on ed's baby chief.
    The pearls, while probably not original, if authentic, will command a premium over standard magna or service grips.

    Mike
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    After looking closer the hammer and trigger don't appear to be nickel I thought they were but they're just really dirty. I've never owned one of these so I know next to nothing about them. Can anyone give me an idea of value refinished and not refinished. I payed $300 bucks.

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    Here's Doc's Baby Chief:

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    If the grips are real pearl, they're worth that. We need some better pictures. Take it outside and shoot some with daylight. Shoot both sides and take off the grips and shoot the frame.
    Last edited by Wiregrassguy; 03-19-2013 at 05:52 PM.
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    Wiregrass guy thanks for all the help. Wow you guys are really a weath of knowledge! Did you get the pics I emailed?


 
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