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I picked up a 4" 38sp with a nickel finish. Serial # shows a 1912 birth date.

Barrel stamping is faint. Hammer & trigger are both nickel.

Any guesses if this was a factory job or something done afterwards?

Added: I just noticed the Colt is not present on the side plate. I guess that calls it: Plated after it left the factory.
 

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The Army Special ( and the preceding New Army and New Navy ) were offered in Nickel, as well as that they could be Ordered in Nickel.

Early Army Specials in Factory Nickel ( just as other Colt DAs of the time ) would tend to have Fire Blue Hammer Tops, In-the-White Hammer sides...and, fire Blue Triggers.

The one I have dates to I think 1913 just as yours does, and, it is this way: Nickel Frame and Barrel and Cylinder and Crane, Nickel Screws, Fire Blue Hammer Top and Fire Blue Trigger.

I think one could order them to have Blue Screws, if one wanted.

I would have to guess by the details you describe, that yours is not a Factory Nickle, but, something done later on sometime.


Can you post some images of it?

( I can not post any of mine, since it is not handy ).
 

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One more, which shows the Trigger fairly well -

Starting pistol Revolver Trigger


I do not remember if one would expect the Ejector Star to be Nickel or Blue on these....

On an S & W, one would expect a Blue Ejector Star on a Factory Nickel Revolver.
 

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A friend has on of these he wants to sell. Looks like 80 % condition, 4" barrel, non-original grips, nickel, 38spl. What are they worth?
Thanks
 
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