It was manufactured sometime prior to 1904 I believe, given the caliber and very low serial number and like all first models of the H & R Hammerless, both large and small frames, it was manufactured for black powder cartridge pressures (a give away for that being it doesn't have the caliber stamped on the side of the barrel and there are no horizontal notches on the side of the cylinder).
It has not been fired, but it's nice to see a little bit of history someplace other than gathering dust somewhere.
Look! A Squirrel!
Now for the Sunday pancake (I've been living on gerbil pellets, dehydrated gruel and dried pine cones all week out in the field so I'm going to have pancakes two days in a row. But for my friend out West (the other) Brighid, this one's for you.
"Sourdough" Silver Dollars
Sourdough taste without the sourdough starter (serves 2-3). They're bite sized, tall and light as a feather (and no blueberries as those got made into individual ramekins of cobbler last night).
Mix well in a medium bowl:
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tablespoons plus a pinch granulated sugar.
make a "well" in the center of the dry ingredients.
3/4 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon plain kefir (fermented milk found in the yogurt section)
1 large egg at room temperature
1/2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla
2 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry all at once, stirring JUST til flour is combined (batter will be thick with lumps and bumps). Let sit while you heat up the pan. Fill a 1/4 cup measure up a bit more than half full with batter and drop to cook on slightly oiled cast iron griddle (batter will be quick thick but will thin out some as it cooks).
Then get back to organizing the rest of your weekend.