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Nickel model 1914
« on: October 07, 2020, 02:09:23 PM »
I recently acquired a model 1914 second variant. Iím trying to get some info on this. It is nickel plated with walnut grips. The nickel plated finish appears to be factory and is in excellent condition as is the rest of the gun. Iíve not had any luck at my local gun shop in finding out much about it including value.  Any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: Nickel model 1914
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2020, 08:22:57 AM »
If you can explain what you mean by "second variant" or better yet provide the serial number I should be able to tell you something about it. The nickel finish is most likely not original. Knowing exactly what you have will help determine if it could possibly be a factory finish. Pictures would be helpful as well.


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Re: Nickel model 1914
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2020, 10:13:08 AM »
The serial number is 8802. Iíll try to modify the picture file as it says it is too large to post.

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Re: Nickel model 1914
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2020, 10:15:23 AM »
See attached picture

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Re: Nickel model 1914
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2020, 11:03:57 AM »
Yes, you are correct it is a second model variation. I refer to these as 1914 early production. It is believed these were made in 1913. These followed the Humpback variation which were preproduction or prototypes. Approximately 10,000 of this second model variation were made. I have yet to see one that was factory nickel plated. There are examples of the Sidelatch .25 caliber model that were factory nickel plated and were produced before or around the same time as yours. These second model variations are pre WWI produced thus made for commercial consumption. Because of these 2 facts, a factory nickel finish cannot be ruled out. To verify it being an actual factory original finish would require an in hand inspection by someone with knowledge of period nickel finishes. It would be very exciting to have it verified as factory original. If it is you are to be congratulations on acquiring a rare example.

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Re: Nickel model 1914
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2020, 02:23:14 PM »
Thank you for your help! Iím excited to find out the history on this pistol. Iíve had a couple of people look at it and both agreed it appeared to be a factory finish. Iíll keep digging on it. I saw one post on another forum that estimated special order with nickel finish was in the neighborhood of one in 5000. If true, with only about 10,000 made, it would be extremely rare indeed!!! If you are able to come up with anything else, please let me know! Thank you again!