Questions and Answers with the Wolf Pack : Need information about this old Smith & Wesson

by Guest Blogger on January 31, 2014 · 13 comments

Question from Kathy

I was wondering if u could give me you’re opinion and expertise on this old handgun that I have. Its a Smith & Wesson 1 and 1/2. On top it says pat. Apr. 8.55 July 5.59 Nov. 22.65. There’s also a number that looks like 9541 and either an 8 or 6. There is no one in my area that I trust to tell me about this gun and if it might be worth anything. I was hoping you could help. I’m going to try to forward pictures not sure if it will work. Its silver with etching, one side is very rough looking one is in good shape. Also has what I think r pearl handles.

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Thanks for you’re time. Kathy

13 comments… read them below or add one

Ronald January 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

what calibre?

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Ronald January 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

Your grips are ivory B.T.W.

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Steve January 31, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I suggest the Blue Book of Gun Values. It lists the current values of virtually all firearms. It is available at Barnes and Noble.

This book is updated annually, so get a recent version.

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JP in MT January 31, 2014 at 10:31 am

From your pictures I would say it is an Model 1 1/2 in .32 rimfire.. If the other number is the serial number it is a late “new model” . An original barrel length of 2.5″ to 2.75″ would be the rare version. Yours looks to have a 3.5″. Those grips look ivory to me (remember what Patton said about pearl handled grips).

Value would be some where at $400 up, but as with all collector’s pistols it is up to the market, what the buyer will pay. Although you might be able to find 32 Rimfire ammo, it’s rarer than the gun.

Now all of this is based upon 3 pictures, so it is all “best guess”. Hope it helps.

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Ronald January 31, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Hey JP I was wondering if you had gotten your bolt with turn downs for your mosin nagants?

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JP in MT February 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm

NOpe. Found someone who will do the work, but haven’t gone any farther with it.

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Bam Bam January 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I had to look up what Patton said about pearl-handed grips.

“Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol.”

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Michele January 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Thanks Bam Bam – I was wondering.

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EZ Man January 31, 2014 at 10:48 am

I have seen these before they are a Smith and Wesson Model 1 1/2 Pocket Revolver. It takes the 32 smiths and Wesson rim fire cartridge.

They were made from 1862 to I think 1896 or something like that since yours is nickel plated it is either a second generation or a single action which was the third generation. AS for price I can not help you without actually looking at it. As well check to see if the barrel has rifling or not.

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Maximus January 31, 2014 at 2:20 pm

You do have a very nice pistol. Grips can be worth a lot. if Ivory? Second you could get in touch with a museum curator of firearms or the NRA . The NRA has a curator and a museum. They would help you more. Good Luck

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Western_Reservist January 31, 2014 at 4:27 pm

join the Smith & Wesson Form at: smith-wessonforum.com

They have an “Antique S&W” section helping you identify your revolver.
http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-antiques/326458-identify-your-gun.html

Post some pics on this site and you’ll get a lot on informed and professional opinions.

It’s free!

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Kathy January 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Thanks everyone for ur comments on my smith and wesson. I’ll check out the book and forum. Knew they were ivory handles not sure why i typed pearl :)

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Leonard February 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

The nickel plating and engraving may or may not be after-market. The engraving, though has a high-quality appearance. Your best bet might be to visit a dealer in antique firearms, and rather than ask what it’s worth, ask him how much you should value it at for your homeowner’s insurance. This will likely give you a high-but-reasonable retail value for the weapon.

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