Original British Tranter - Adams Style Double Action .38 Percussion Revolver marked Patent - 18615
Original Item: Only One Available. Here we have a very nice British percussion revolver of the Tranter/Adams style, made without any maker's name or other identifying marks. The top strap is marked Patent - 18615, but nothing else on the entire weapon other than it's original British proof marks. These look to be mostly the CROWN / CROSSED SCEPTERS markings from the Gun-making City of Birmingham, England.
It appears to be about .38 caliber, and works in double action only, as was normal with early British percussion revolvers. The wood grip is checkered and still fresh, having not seen much use. Very possibly a revolver shipped to the Confederacy as an officer's back up pistol. Certainly this could benefit from more research, especially as to whom the patent was issued and when.
The revolver functions correctly, with good indexing. the loading rammer on the left side has gotten a bit loose, so it can swing out of the lock position easily. The bore on this is actually smoothbore except for the very end, where there are 4 short grooves of unknown purpose.
In really nice tight condition with a large percentage of original finish remaining. We have not seen one of these before! A great research opportunity!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1855
Ammunition Type: Cap & Ball
Barrel Length: 4 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 10 1/4 inches
Action: Double Action Only
Feed System: 5 Shot Revolver
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