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Old 11-17-2017, 04:16 PM   #1
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image.jpgHey everyone, having trouble trying to figure out who made this. There were a lot of manufacturers and private labels during this era. The top strap says "Smith & Wesson's American metallic cartridges are to be used for our mode of revolver" any help is really appreciated guys.
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:37 PM   #2
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Any other markings or caliber markings ?

I am wondering too what this is
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:41 PM   #3
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I can't find anything else, even under the grips. It's chambered for 32 Smith & Wesson, but it's not marked. I'll try to get some more pictures posted when I get home tomorrow.
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I can't find anything else, even under the grips. It's chambered for 32 Smith & Wesson, but it's not marked.
Now that is intersting ..I wonder if the markings wore off or were never there ...

I have run into a lot of old old break action most seem to be marked at least where made etc

Maybe it is a Spanish pistol?
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That's definitely a possibility now that you mention it. The statement on the top strap is kind of odd English to me.
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Gárate Anitua y Cia in Eibar

Is what I am thinking ...Big time Spanish gun maker from my reading it seems they use that odd caliber writing and no proof marks would rule out Belgium pretty much

More photos would help I think .. Maybe some one on here who is a big time collector might know the extra marker

But the lack of any markings or where made is bothering me normal even the knocks off either say spain or try to fake the s&w or whatever addrese often very badly

All I can tell you till more pics would be probly a knock off non USA

And I would def hold off firing it till you know whatever it is safe or note for smokless ammo
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:14 PM   #7
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Could be built by Meriden, who built many different named top breaks. The logo on the grips and frame don't match, another clue it could have been one of several brands built by Meriden and is wearing replacement grips from a sister brand.
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I'm now leaning towards Eibar for sure! Thanks pre1989! The trade mark on the side looks pretty close to other pics out there on the net. I have one Meriden in my collection at the moment. I'm going to have to compare them very closely.
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I'm now leaning towards Eibar for sure! Thanks pre1989! The trade mark on the side looks pretty close to other pics out there on the net. I have one Meriden in my collection at the moment. I'm going to have to compare them very closely.
Meriden was my second guess as the other poster mention ..As the flowery script on the grips do look a like so could be

Lets us know if your meriden matchs

If not then I would guess spainsh

No worries ..Enjoy the old break tops are fun

If you have a chance Forgotten weapons does some cool videos on China and Spain knock off semi and wheel guns ..Often very funny the spelling issues etc
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This definitely looks like Spanish Garate Anitua https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/brit...2.html#p101584
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