HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON Top Break Double Action .38 Cal. S&W C&R REVOLVER
Turn of the Century SELF DEFENSE Weapon
Here we present a C&R Harrington & Richardson Top Break Double Action Revolver chambered in .38 S&W made in Worcester, Massachusetts circa the early 1900s. In 1875 Gilbert Harrington and former Frank Wesson employee, William Augustus Richardson, formed the new Harrington & Richardson Company. In 1888 the firm was incorporated as The Harrington & Richardson Arms Company. Their original capital investment was $75,000. Harrington was president, Richardson was treasurer, and George F. Brooks was secretary.
This 5-shot revolver would have been ideal to keep in one’s waistband or holster for self-defense in the turbulent early 20th Century. In fact, in one famous incident, Alessandro Berardelli was an armed guard transporting the Slater-Morrill Shoe Company payroll in Braintree, Massachusetts on April 15, 1920 when he and another employee were ambushed, robbed and killed. Berardelli was carrying an H&R .38 revolver like this one. Two Italian immigrant anarchists, Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were arrested and the guard’s gun recovered from Vanzetti. Both were found guilty, though controversy haunted the convictions and anarchists retaliated by killing scores via bombs, most notably the Wall Street Bombing. These men and select events were memorialized by folk singer Woody Guthrie, who was sympathetic to their cause.
The overall condition is good. Original finish. The bore is in good shape and is lightly frosted. The action does not function, as the cylinder does not index and the hammer intermittently cocks and drops. Sharp markings. Both pearl grips are vibrant and remain in fine shape. Visible numbers match. The included handmade leather pouch is in good shape.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 4 inches.
Caliber: .38 S&W
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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