The firearms and militaria department is headed by Jack Lewis, who has 36 years experience in the firearms industry. The specialists at Cowan's passed their expert opinion on the piece:

''This is a break top Harrington and Richardson. They were made in Wooster, Massachusetts. Made from 1890-1915.''

''They were sold for about $1.95 through the Sears and Roebuck catalogs during this time, and what made this firearms famous was the fact that a man attempted to take out President McKinley with one of them.''

''Worth between $50-125 depending on condition. They were referred to as a "suicide special" because someone could kill someone with one of them and then quickly dump the gun into a river or body of water, etc. because of its small size.''

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