Iver Johnson "Defender 89" .32 RF Pocket Revolver
Iver Johnson and Martin Bye were partners until 1883, when Johnson bought Bye's shares and changed the name of the company to Iver Johnson's Arms and Cycle Works. He relocated from Norwich to Fitchburg in 1891.
The "Defender 89" is a typical "Suicide Special" and since it is called "89" one would assume that it was made around 1889, at a time when Martin Bye was no longer a part of the company.
This particular specimen is in very fine condition, with very fine gutta percha grips engraved with "Defender '89" on both sides. The gun retains 90% original nickel, the action is crisp and accurate. 2 1/2 inch barrel, chambered for the .32 rim fire cartridge. SN 2380, rated very fine overall.


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