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Old March 19, 2019, 08:53 AM   #1
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.38 Hand Ejector Model 1905? or...?

…Military & Police model of 1905 - first change? Best pics I got - from phone pics from Georgia. Any ideas of value on this piece? NOT FOR SALE, woman is just wondering - inherited from Grandfather. Ser. # 8941X - 6" or 6 1/2" bbl. nickel, could the pearl grips have been custom ordered, or were they aftermarket? Condition seems pretty nice from these pics, hard to judge without hands on inspection.
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Old March 19, 2019, 01:15 PM   #2
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Even from the tiny pictures, I can tell the gun has been refinished. The pearl grips are probably original-they were very popular.
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Old March 20, 2019, 09:32 AM   #3
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Your pictures are waaaay too small to make out any significant details. Serial number places as having been made sometime between 1906 and 1910, so it would be a Model 1905. As for the finish, I agree with Bill, from what little I can see, it looks to be in too nice a condition for it to be original. The old nickel finishes seem to be prone to flaking from age and seeing one that is over a 100 years old with zero condition issues makes me suspicious.
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Old March 20, 2019, 09:41 AM   #4
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A finish that nice is unusual, but it's not unprecedented.

A few years ago a good friend of mine picked up a nickle Model of 1903 Hand Ejector in .32 S&W Long that was made in 1904.

Other than a few very small blemishes and a nick in the hard rubber grips it looks as if it left S&W yesterday. The plating is absolutely immaculate.

I gave it a hard look, but I bought the Model of 1905 3rd change .38 Special on the table next to it. Unfortunately, the blued finish has gone plumb brown but it is a VERY sweet shooter.
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Old March 20, 2019, 01:17 PM   #5
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Of course, nice finishes are not unprecedented.
This one shows slurred and thinning lettering-indicating a refinish.
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Old March 20, 2019, 07:31 PM   #6
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You must have better eyes that I do with small photos.

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Old March 22, 2019, 01:45 AM   #7
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The main thing that would indicate a refinish to me in this case is the color of the nickel. All of the older nickeled guns I have seen have kind of yellowish nickel, guns nickeled after WW2 typically have nickel that looks like chrome.
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Old March 22, 2019, 07:59 AM   #8
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Third pic

The third pic def. shows a refinish. Lettering is darn near wiped out near the chamber end of the barrel.
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Old March 22, 2019, 08:40 AM   #9
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I've looked at that picture in a variety of magnifications and I simply can't convince myself that it's either picture quality/reflections or actual overpolishing.
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Don't know if this may help?
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