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Got this in lue of a debt... I know nothing else about it. I have the original sales receipt for it from 1958, with matching serial number... However, it calls it a .38 special, which it is not. Any help would be appreciated. (Dating, value, authenticity, etc...)
 

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Well, it's not a S&W top break revolver. the receipt is a resale slip. This was built sometime in the early 1900's. The serial number should be on the bottom of the grip frame. you can post it, and it might help narrow the age some.
It looks like an Iver Johnson, or Harrington & Richardson. More then likely the cartridge will be the .38 S&W, not the .38 Special.
Look carefully for the correct cartridge. The .38 S&W is shorter then the Special and the .38 Special can't be shot in the .38 S&W revolvers.

If you could get a clear photo of the logo on the grips, more than likely it will help identify the maker. Also look carefully at the top strap over the barrel. The maker should have stamped their name on it. On the right side of the barrel should be the cartridge designation. Not always, but most often it's stamped there.
 

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welcome01 to the forums from the Wiregrass! Lots of what looks like Spanish proof marks. I suspect it is a Spanish copy of a S&W top break. Waidmann or Blazermark probably can better address this one. I hope it wasn't a significant debt since the gun has very little value.
 

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welcome01 to the forums from the Wiregrass! Lots of what looks like Spanish proof marks. I suspect it is a Spanish copy of a S&W top break. Waidmann or Blazermark probably can better address this one. I hope it wasn't a significant debt since the gun has very little value.

The debt was only $150... Was hoping it'd at least cover that. Lol
 

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Heck, put it in a shadow box. It'll make a good conversation piece. :D
 

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yes, Spanish made Smith knockoff, proofed from late 20's, minimal value, I think, Ojanguren y Vidosa in Eibar, Spain

50-100 if you could find someone to buy it, probably chambered in 38 S&W..
 

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I know this gun...lol..There is a FB page called "Old Guns" where all kinds of cool old gals are posted for Q&A and sometimes just good old gun porn
 
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