.32RF revolver of unknown make

Maker: Unknown

Caliber: .32RF short

Date: Probably around 1880

Status: Restored, in collection

Displayed with period correct American screwdriver and Remington .32RF bullets.

This little revolver has no makers name witch was not uncommon in that time in the US. Reasons can be that it was made by a subcontractor for a retail shop or more often, to make tracing the maker impossible. Last is most probably, in the US lot's of patents were granted so making a gun without interfering other makers patents was not always easy. Without markings the maker could not be traced. If anyone can identify this to a maker, please let me know. Lot's of these revolvers are made but take note of the special detail of this one; the small screw on the left side on the top near the hammer. Most revolvers from this kind don't have that screw.

These kind of revolvers are often referred to as "Suicide specials" and the main usage will be self defense. Small, light and easy to carry concealed. From the store owner to  the gamblers, all kinds of people could use a small revolver and a lot of these were produced  varying in quality and calibers.  Most common calibers found are .22short, 32RF short or long. 38RF short or .41RF.

Note: 22short (.22 rimfire short) revolvers made in or after 1870 are not licence free in the Netherlands!

This revolver came to me as defect. The cylinder stop was not working and a small screw holding a small spring was missing. After taking apart I found a crack in the trigger too. After repairing these faults I had the nickeled parts de-nickeled. Next I smoothed the surface and send it to the plater again for a new layer of nickel.
The hammer and trigger are normally finished either in nickel or color case hardened. To come close to color case hardening I heat blued them.
The original cylinder pin I disliked, it was tiny and damaged. Wit my small lath I made one which I find looks authentic and better. 

Since it somewhat looks like new I thought a nice wooden case would look good. I made one based on an old existing case. Link to the case.

As bought
In good condition other than a missing screw and broken cilinder stop. Both were corrected.
Ready for the plater
First it was de-nickeled by the plater. After that small errors were addressed to and it was lightly polished.
Completed
After reassembling I was quite pleased with the result.