My brother recently found a 5 shot handgun in our garage. We have no idea where it came from, but we assume it was his late fathers. There is no markings on at all, but a owl on the handle. I was wondering if any one had an idea of the maker?
The owl head is a long standing trademark of the Iver Johnson company. They were a pretty good gun for the era, much better than most give them credit for. There is little to no collector interest in these guns so value would not be all that great.
Yes, it is an Iver Johnson. Probably early 20th century manufacture. They were produced to be pocket guns. Either in .22, .25. or .32 caliber. Most were tip up or breaktop in design and were nickel plated. If there is a hammer sticking out the back of the frame it is called a "Safety Hammer" model. No hammer, they were referred to as "Safety Hammerless" models. $100 to $125 is what they are worth today. Selling price back in early 1900's was around $17.00 to $20,00
There should be some numbers under the bottom of the grip, the serial number. There may be some numbers on top of the barrel, and they are patent numbers. IJ made lots of small revolvers for many years, really till WWII, and they are hardy guns. Most are still in working condition.
(Make sure it is not loaded, OK?)
Give it a little cleaning and a little oil, keep it as a family heirloom.
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