Back to Homepage

Iver Johnson Arms Co.

Name Street Town State From To
Iver Johnson Arms Co.   Worchester Massachusetts 1892 1894

Patent Date Remarks
    See Johnson, Iver

Contract for

See Johnson, Iver
Johnson, Bye & Co.
Iver Johnson Arms Works and
Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works

In 1871 he formed a partnership with Martin Bye. This partnership ended in 1882. The company was renamed to Iver Johnson & Co., Worchester, Massachusetts and moved in 1894 to Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Name becames Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works.

Eagle 38 S&W cal. 5 shot, right-side

First top break revolvers which were only marked Iver Johnson Maker

Model 1888, hammerless, .38 S&W caliber, double action, frame is shorter than that of a Swift and on the left grip there was a dog's head, marked:
IVER JOHNSON & CO. WORCESTER MASS. U.S.A. PAT'D APRIL &. JULY 20,.1886. MAY 10. 1887 OCT.16.1888 probably only produced in 1888 and production was under 5000. The gun was sold by J.P. Lovell Co.

The Swift with and without hammer, .38 S&W caliber, 5 shot revolver, double action, production started in 1890. When stopped can not been said some belief in 1895 when the agreement with J.P. Loveel Co. ended or only in 1900.
How many were produced can not been said. Iver Johnson had a daily production capacity of more as 2000 revolvers. Therefore there were certainly 200000 or 300000 guns manufactured. Serial number started from 1 to 100000 and restarted again at 1 at every 100000.
The Swift was also sold by J.P. Lovell Co.