Prewar 38 supers are very collectable (depending on condition, etc.). If I remember correctly they were brought out in 1929?, so it may still retain some of the early features. You need to find something like Sheldons book (I think) that covers the 38 super in detail. Sound like an interesting peice. If it's a shooter, older 38 super accuracy is suspect, although as a defensive piece it should still get the job done.