Good eye, Marc.I believe the subject gun is Nickel based on the front site being nickel color. Be sure to do your homework on the serial number and look for the stainless vs. nickel clues
Good eye, Marc.
If it turns out to be nickel, change my response to -
1500, but don't fix the jewel thing. List on GB as 'rare, collector grade, Elite, mint,one -of -a- kind ', with a reserve of 4000.
Wow, I need you on retainerSure maximus.The First Clue that tipped me off on this one is the Front Sight is Nickel. No Stainless Firearm ever left the factory with a Nickel Sight. Other Clues to watch for are the color of the pins that hold the front sight in. Stainless should have Mild Steel which appear black and the Nickel have...Well...Nickel.Next will be the Cylinder release latch. The Nickel guns MOST of the time are smooth although I have handled serrated ones and the Stainless is always serrated.I also look at the color of the top strap of the gun. When it is Nickeled it is very silver in color. When it is blasted Stainless it is a darker Gray color.There will be "S" stamps on the Stainless gun. These appear inside the Ejector Rod housing, Under the Grips on the Frame, and on the BACK of the Cylinder when you push the Ejector up. The "S" could be in one of these areas and not the others or maybe in all 3. Depends on how the worker felt that day.Last but certainly not least is Serial number. If it is prior to 1981 it's Nickel. 1982-around 1986 or 1987 could be either and after that they are all Stainless. The Serial number prefix of Py or PN are all Stainless also.I can tell the difference between a Nickel and Stainless gun just by the Color of the gun. This is something that cannot be taught but to the trained eye you can spot the difference from 10 ft away. At times in Poor Gunbroker photos it is hard to tell but in person the difference is night and day. Nickel Firearms have a Copper Underlayment and the outer nickel layer is actually transparent. The Nickel guns have a Amber cast to them and the Stainless are very straight Silver in color. When Nickel is freshly buffed it is closer to Bright Stainless but the finish starts to oxidize or tarnish almost immediately and turns back to it's Amber color.