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I have a hand gun manufactured by Oliver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works of Fitchburg, Mass. It is 38 cal, 5 shot chrome plated with black handles and a hinged break and tip up lock infront of the hammer.

My question is---Is this a collectable item and what is the approximate value of this item?

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I also have a similiar gun or the exact same gun. Like you I have not been able to locate it on the web. It was my great grandmothers and has made it down to me. I believe it was manufacturered in 1896

I have a gun as you have described too.  My is in fairly good condition.  Engraved on the bottom of the handle is the following:  Jun 16 96 Aug 25 96  T16 C4 PATS PEND  There is a serial number engraved in the trigger guard- 5 digits but it is not very legible.   I am researching it.   My gun was passed down from my mother- that is the only history I have on it.


I did my research.  The company is IVER Johnson Arms & Cycle Works- established in 1891.  Wikipedia has a good history of the company and a picture of the gun we are probably taking about.... except mine has a hammer.

hi, i have the same gun ,5 shot revolver with hammer, I'm thinking it also is a 38 cal. it has black handles,with a owls face at top,of handles also has flowered designs on  handles, look to be made from a material , of plastic or bakelite.

on top of barrow, it says lver johnson arm & cycle works,

fitchburg mass. u.s.a.,

 it has  pat.june1696 aug2596 on the bottom of butt (handle)

it also has a serial number on out side edge of trigger guard (five numbers)

but this gun has a steel shank inserted through the barrow ,through the chamber to the hammer, DID SOMEONE DO THIS TO THIS GUN OR IS IT MADE LIKE THIS??  i bought it at a thrift shop, i thought it was a old starter pistol, the end of barrow is welded closed, the bluing is also burnt off at the tip of barrow, where the weld is, does any body have any answers for me thanks, 007jjamesbbond2009@bell.net

pats pending

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