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Old 06-08-2013, 03:58 PM   #11
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Some of these H&R's are ID'd by the grips. Any defining stamp are located on the inside of the frame infront of the cylinder above the trigger.
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I am going to say if it has no markings, it is probably a Chicago Arms model top break revolver.
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That is a Merdian Arms . They were sold by Sears & Robuck as AJ Aubrey marked handguns. Sears sold these around the turn of the 20th century for about $10 dollars.
Current value in 90 % condition is $150 . This gun has had a very poor refinish the value would be less than $100 dollars. The very unique front sight is curious only to AJ Aubrey handguns.
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That is a Merdian Arms . They were sold by Sears & Robuck as AJ Aubrey marked handguns. Sears sold these around the turn of the 20th century for about $10 dollars.
Current value in 90 % condition is $150 . This gun has had a very poor refinish the value would be less than $100 dollars. The very unique front sight is curious only to AJ Aubrey handguns.
Nope, if it was a Merdian Arms it would say so, all of mine do.............
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Merdian Arms made firearms for the mail order business under other names. AJ Aubrey was a popular economical handgun made by Merdian.

It would be unlikely that you would have all models and types of Merdian Arms ever produced.

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LOVELL SWIFT REVOLVER HAMMER & HAMMERLESS MODELS
.38 centerfire cal., 5 shot, 3 1/4 in. barrel, nickel finish, hard rubber grip panles with owl's head at top, marked on barrel top rib with patent dates and "Iver Johnson Co. Worchester Mass." marked on barrel top strap, with model name "SWIFT", does not have hammer the hammer action, only sold through J.P. Lovell Co., 16 7/8 - 17 7/8 oz. Mfg. 1890-1894.

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I would guess it is the New Model made between 1909 & 1941.

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Third Model a.k.a. New Model (1909–1941), no safety lever on trigger

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i think it might be a U.S. gun company revolver maybe?
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Nitestalker has good eyes. And YES- that is an AJ Aubrey made by Meriden (not Meridian). Meriden was founded by Sears in Meriden Ct. They hired AJ Aubrey to design guns for them, and many were marketed under his name.

The front sight is unique, and is an identifying feature. Here is one of the references distinguishing between a "Secret Service" revolver made by Meriden, and another made by IJ-

meriden-revolver.jpg

Here is some good info on Meriden and AJ Aubrey.
http://www.meridenfirearms.com/pistol.html
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Nitestalker has good eyes. And YES- that is an AJ Aubrey made by Meriden (not Meridian). Meriden was founded by Sears in Meriden Ct. They hired AJ Aubrey to design guns for them, and many were marketed under his name.

The front sight is unique, and is an identifying feature. Here is one of the references distinguishing between a "Secret Service" revolver made by Meriden, and another made by IJ-

Attachment 105707

Here is some good info on Meriden and AJ Aubrey.
http://www.meridenfirearms.com/pistol.html
I Concede......................
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Collecting firearms and doing appraisals of gun collections for over 50 years you must learn something. It is so unfortunate that people inherit family firearms thinking they have a rare Merwin & Hulbert. You have to explain that it is an AJ Aubrey ala Sears & Robuck.
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