Lot 415: Civil War–era British Beaumont–Adams Army Revolver with London retailer's markings, serial #41116, .442 Caliber, 5 3/4? barrel with a very good, bright bore that has patches of dark freckling and pitting towards the muzzle. This is a handsome, British-made revolver that has an Edward Whistler retailer's marking along the top strap, and retains 85% plus of the original bright blue finish that has faded along the edges and projections, and has developed mild brown freckling along the barrel, cylinder pin bolster, and spots along the cylinder. The side-mounted loading lever is assembly numbered on the reverse (101) and has an overall dull gray patina with remnants of the original vivid fire blue still visible at the pivot. The sliding safety catch on the right side of the frame also has some of the original fire blue remaining as well. The trigger guard bow, likewise assembly numbered (101) on the interior, has a smoothly freckled gray/brown patina which repeats on the head and spur of the hammer. The checkered English walnut grips are in excellent condition with only light handling marks in the original dark oil finish, and minor flattening of the points. The mechanism is still tight and fully functional; lock-up and timing are excellent. Edward Whistler operated at 11 Strand, London from 1856 to 1900 (the company changing its name to Whistler & Co. in 1876). Although not officially adopted by the army, the Beaumont-Adams revolver was a popular weapon with the military and was privately purchased by many British officers, especially those stationed in Britain's far-flung colonies, who favored it over its competitors both for its fast and reliable double-action, and large caliber. This example is in excellent condition and would make a splendid addition to any collection.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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