Antique Beaumont-Adams Revolvers
Antique Beaumont-Adams Revolvers are firearms based on a Robert Adams design and improved by Lieutenant Frederick E. B. Beaumont in 1855.
Background & history of production
Robert Adams patented the first successful double-action revolver in 1851. Crimean Veteran Lieutenant Frederick E. B. Beaumont improved the Adams gun in 1855, linking the trigger to a spurred hammer to allow both single and double action fire.
The Beaumont-Adams revolver was so successful it forced competitive arms manufacturer Colt to close his London manufactory.
Adams founded the London Armoury Company in 1856 to produce more Beaumont-Adams revolvers, and the gun became the official revolver of the British Army during the 1857 Indian Mutiny. The Massachusetts Arms Company in America were licensed to manufacture 19,000 of the guns, and 1,750 of these were purchased by the Union Army at the start of the American Civil War.
Beaumont-Adams revolvers are often beautifully decorated. If they retain their original cases, including accessories, they are much more valuable.
Many of the muzzle-loading revolvers were later adapted to use centrefire cartridges.
The revolvers are more valuable when connected to a famous historical figure or event.
Price guide and notable auction sales
Beaumont-Adams revolvers usually sell for a few hundred to a few thousand.
- Presentation 54-bore Beaumont-Adams five shot percussion revolver circa 1862, in case with accessories, sold for £6,463 at Christie’s in July 2001.
- Gold-decorated 54-bore early Beaumont-Adams five shot percussion revolver, circa 1860, sold for £7,920 at Bonhams in July 2008.