Model 1, First Model, second variation Single top latch. 50,000 were manufactured in 1896, serial number with A letter prefix. Marked on the top of the barrel rib "IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A. PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING". Looks good and functions well.
This revolver is in amazing condition considering it is over 114 years old. This fine piece of workmanship has been around before airplanes, cars and telephones. Finish 90% factory original nickel . Nickel flaking just in front of the cylinder. The overall condition is very good with the early hammer cover pinned onto the frame. Gun locks up tight, and functions very well. Fire blued trigger guard. Grips are excellent.
This is the scarce version with the hammer shroud that is not integral to the frame, thus dating it prior to 1898. Fires centerfire .32 S&W ammo. The action is perfect, bore is very good, 3" barrel. All markings are sharp and clear. And the best part is that it is an ANTIQUE and does NOT REQUIRE AN FFL. Sold as an Antique ~ no guarantees, warranties, or liabilities for any actual usage. If any firearms are to be used for shooting purposes, a qualified gunsmith should inspect them first.