"32 Safety Hammerless 3rd Model. Serial numbers ran from 170000 in 1909 to 242981 in 1937. The book does not narrow the date down any closer."
thank you very much Jim, I was guessng somewhere around 1920ish. The gun belonged to my great grandmother who was born in 1872. She died in 1953. I tried to shoot the gun when i was a child but was not strong enough to "squeeze". I inherited the gun some years ago and got it out yesterday to shoot it, thinking for some reason it was a .22. imagine my surprise! anyway, gun last used by my grandmother to shoot a snake in the early 1980s - in good but well used condition.