Lot 552: A CASED 54-BORE PERCUSSION TRANSITIONAL REVOLVER, UNSIGNED, no visible serial number,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
A CASED 54-BORE PERCUSSION TRANSITIONAL REVOLVER, UNSIGNED, no visible serial number,
circa 1850, with blued octagonal 5 1/2in. barrel, radiused muzzle, micro-groove rifling, small oval of scroll engraving to the top-flat, bead fore-sight, plain cylinder with guarded nipples, border and scroll engraved rounded boxlock action with scroll engraved central bar-hammer, finely chequered walnut butt with flared pommel and iron cap with scroll engraved central trapdoor for caps, scroll engraved trigger-guard bow and strong traces of finish and colour throughout; TOGETHER WITH its mahogany storage case compartmented and lined in green baize and containing a period powder flask, scissors mould with rammer arm, cap-tin, nipple-key and turnscrew, the lid with circular brass escutcheon engraved ''HEN''Y WILLIAMS, BIRMINGHAM ROAD, WEST BROMWICH''
Provenance: This revolver was the former property of one Henry Williams of Rockingham Hall, Birmingham Road, West Bromwich. According to the 1871 census, at the age of 52 he was a Major in the 3rd Battalion of the Stafford Rifle Volunteers and also a Justice of the Peace for Stafford County.