Pistol / Hand GunsRevolverUsed£ 7,500
A SUPERB CASED 48-BORE JAMES WEBLEY PATENT 'LONGSPUR' (THIRD MODEL) FIVE-SHOT SINGLE-ACTION PERCUSSION REVOLVER RETAILED BY WEBLEY, SERIAL NO. 1374, CIRCA 1854
With blued octagonal sighted barrel muzzle and cut with three groove rifling, blued barrel wedge, case-hardened cylinder engraved with a band of foliage at the front edge and numbered from one to five, border and scroll engraved blued frame signed 'WEBLEY'S PATENT' within a ribbon on the large shaped inspection plate, case-hardened scroll engraved hammer and rammer, the former with chequered spur and the latter with blued retaining-clip, blued border engraved serial numbered grip-strap signed 'BY HER MAJESTY'S ROYAL LETTERS PATENT', blued border and scroll engraved trigger-guard and butt-cap, the latter with lanyard ring, and well figured chequered walnut grips, retaining most of its original finish throughout. Birmingham proof marks, in original fitted military oak case lined in green baize with accessories including a fine Dixon flask, a brass single-cavity 'WD' bullet mould, a combined loading rod and worm with attachable jag, Japanned percussion cap tin with Joyce label, and ivory handled turn-screw and nipple-wrench, original cloth bag of cast bullets and lubricating paste. the exterior with vacant shaped brass escutcheon and brass corner protectors.
The revolver is in fine mechanical order and a complete set of accessories is present. The lanyard ring and military style case would indicate a military purchase. At this time British Officers were required to purchase their own sidearms and this revolver was manufactured at the time of the Crimean War. The bluing is vibrant and contemporary. There is some loss of silver plating on the grip strap and one side plate as indicated and there are two burns on the lid of the case that my gunsmith says could be restored. The flask has some dents but not evident when present in the case. Overall a very attractive, rare and handsome looking set and an iconic revolver for a classic revolver collector.
The Longspur was short lived as the hammer although aesthetic was prone to damage which rendered the revolver inoperable as a single action mechanism....Read full description