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What is the year and value of my Iver Johnson American Bulldog

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What is the year and value of my Iver Johnson American Bulldog .44 caliber 2.5" octogon barrell SN 1024. Thanks Tony.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  TOM replied 5 years ago.


You have a Second Model American Bulldog. It was manufactured from 1885 to 1899 in 22 rimfire, 32 and 38 rimfire and centerfire and 44 Webley or 44 Bulldog. It was made in a small, medium and extra large frame version with an octagon barrel. The finish is nickel plated with hard rubber grips. The barrel lengths are 2.25", 2.5", and 2 7/16". The medium frame had barrels up to 4.5". The values are:

excellent-$450, very good-$325, good-$250, fair-$175, poor-$100

I hope this helps you,


Customer: replied 5 years ago.

This revolver has wooden checkered grips with a picture of a bulldog on it. Does this change the value? Is it still a second model American Bulldog?

Thanks. Tony

Expert:  TOM replied 5 years ago.


They should have the Bulldog, but there is no mention of wood grips. I double checked the Blue Book and Standard Catalog of Firearms and neither mention wood. That doesn't mean they were not a standard grip. The hard plastic are the most common and that is what is listed in the books.

It is still a second model, you can add $25 for the wood grips. They are not an expensive item and may have been cheaper than the plastic at the time your gun was made.


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