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Old 04-03-2013, 06:20 PM
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Looking for production date for a 32 WCF CTG
Serial number is 89531. Picture attached.
Good but not great shape, hasn't been shot in years.
Value?
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Probably about 1920/21. If the action is sound, value is likely to be in the range of $275-350 depending on what part of the country you are in.
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That gun is way beyond my expertice, but I'd guess that it's a 1905 4th from between 1915 & 1920. Interestingly, they started heat treating at ser # 81287, so yours is is a bit beefier than it's ancestors. I'd guess it would bring $500 on a good day if you could shine it up a bit. Nice gun.
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I'd go with the earlier date but not the $500. It would have to be a very good day indeed.
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+1 on David's post. Find some ammo and enjoy.
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We can narrow the date down on this one quite a bit.
Heat treatment on the cylinders began at 81287 as stated above, and this happened on September 2, 1919. Serial number 109161 came off the line on June 2, 1920; it was the first frame with the modified rear sight (square notch) and the flat top strap. I think that would tend to date production of your revolver sometime late in the year 1919. (Source: Neal & Jinks, Revised Edition.) Of course, it could have shipped later, since S&W did not ship in serial order.
I agree with DWalt - $500 would be quite optimistic for this revolver.
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BTW - the stocks would also argue for a 1919 ship date, since this style disappeared in 1920. Some of them could have shipped in early 1920, but they were being phased out by that time.
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Serial number 109161 came off the line on June 2, 1920; it was the first frame with the modified rear sight (square notch) and the flat top strap.
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Check this date again, Jinks or not. 1922 is the year generally credited as being the year for the new style sights. I have several in my list with significantly higher numbers which were reported as shipping several years after this date, 2 in the 108500-600 range, that shipped summer 1922.

I agree OP's revolver can't date later than 1919.
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Well, it could be wrong, of course. But June 2, 1920, is the date given by Neal & Jinks on page 89 of the Revised Edition (copyright, 1975).
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