Jay, You are correct that it's a 4th model, .38 Safety Hammerless. Close serial numbers were shipped in mid 1908, however S&W didn't ship guns in serial number sequence, so the actual ship date for your gun can only be determined by a factory historical letter from Roy Jinks, S&W Historian,( cost $50. ) The red over stamp on the box end lable of --2385N is not a factory stamp, but done by the distributor who received the gun from the factory and is an inventory number of the distributor. You have a nice combination or all original material, except the gun oil bottle, probably added by the neighbors grandfather. The combination is what all collectors of Safety Hammerless models look for, so you should get top dollar by (1) Post here on the Forum at a price you are comfortable with, or (2) post in one of the online internet gun auctions, such as Gun Broker, Auction Arms, etc. The gun is classified as a Curio & relic under ATF rules, not an antique, so you must legally transfer it to a buyer who has a Curio & Relic license or through a Federal License gun dealer, if the tarnsfer is to another state. Check your Minnesta laws for intrastate an transfer process. The gunsmith ,who examined your gun, can probably advise you on the correct process. Ed.
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