Lot 540: Cased Tranter 1st Pattern Revolver, serial number 20826Y, .44 caliber, 6.5? octagon barrel with a fine, bright bore that has some mild freckling within the grooves. This is a handsome revolver with intricate and delicate floral scroll engraving, and has retained visible traces of the original lustrous blue finish along the underside of the barrel, sides of the frame, and on the cylinder. The balance of the metal has aged to a mixed plum-brown and pewter gray patina with a few hints of pinprick pitting and mild freckling along a few of the tightly engraved areas. The safety spring retains some of its original nitre bluing and the double trigger has an overall freckled gray patina, however the stud for the no longer present detachable loading lever is cleanly broken on the left front of the frame, and the front sight is broken. The revolver is marked on the left side of the frame with the Tranter patent stamp along with a Potts & Hunt London retailer's marking along the topstrap. The finely checkered English walnut grip is in very good shape with only some minor handling marks and even, mild flattening of the points. The back of the grip has a small silver escutcheon with the armorial crest of Lieutenant-Colonel Gould Read Hunter-Weston: a greyhound sejant proper, gorged with an antique crown/collar; charged upon the shoulder for distinction with a cross crosslet gules (the latter not be to borne by his descendants). The action lock-up is good and the mechanism is fully functional. The revolver is housed in its original oaken traveling case with dark green baize-lined interior and engraved armorial crest on the circular brass cover plaque. The case compartments are in fair-good condition with some damaged corners and detached sidewalls. The case contains period accessories as well: a lightly flaked Dixon powder flask with patent top, original brass double-cavity bullet mold, ebony cleaning rod with jag tip, japanned tin of Eley pistol caps, and a small plastic bag containing a few 'top hat' style musket caps.
Lt. Col. Hunter-Weston (1823–1904) served with distinction during the Sepoy Rebellion, taking part in several battles including the Relief of Lucknow. He later became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Justice of the Peace for Ayr (Scotland), and a Knight of Justice and Honourable Commander of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in England. He was the father of Lieut. Gen. Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston KCB, DSO, GstJ, who commanded troops at Gallipoli and the Somme. This is a splendid Tranter revolver with a connection to one of the more prominent Victorian–era Anglo-Scottish families.
As an antique gun this will transfer without any restrictions.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 469
Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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