The Smith & Wesson .38 Top Break Perfected model
The Smith & Wesson Perfected model was a very unique revolver utilizing both a side mounted thumb latch typical of most hand ejectors we know of today as well as a standard top mounted barrel latch. This model was produced between 1909 & 1920 with about 59000 revolvers produced in those 11 years. All guns chambered for the ,38 S&W cartridge. Barrel lengths ranged from 3 1/4", 4", 5", and 6" lengths. Finished in both blue and nickel finish. This was a truly unique model different than any other .38 caliber top breaks. They are easily recognized by the two barrel releases, as well as the integral forged trigger guard and forged half moon style front sights. Factory records indicate that many of this models production was actually shipped to Central & South America where these were very popular at that time.
Rare, is the revolver at the top of the above photo, and right side of the lower photo being a 5" with factory nickel finish lacking the special side latch. Authors note that only a few were produced lacking the side mounted latch. Making this even rarer is the fact it's a scarce 5" barreled gun with factory nickel finish. A vey rare gun that's very well factory documented.