This old gun is kind of a re-run of last month’s “Smoker” revolver (see article below). This “Defender 89” revolver is also a brand name revolver from the 1880’s. This Defender 89 has a 2 ¼” barrel, is 7-shots, and chambered for.22 short.
The Defender 89 and the Smoker look eerily similar. There is a good reason for that; they were both made basically by the same company. Last month’s Smoker was made by Johnson Bye & Company Worcester MA. This month’s Defender 89 was made by a successor company, Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works Worcester MA. The records of the Defender 89 are a little clearer. They were made under contract for J.P. Lovell Arms Boston MA c.1889-95.
Even though we know a little more about the Defender 89 it doesn’t necessarily mean its worth more. It would still sell for around $50 to $150.