A model 1868 Tranter's Patent double action, five shot revolver in obsolete .38 cal rim-fire.
The octagonal 5 inch barrel with engraved band at muzzle, crescent fore-sight, stamped with Birmingham proof marks. The top-flat signed and engraved with the retailers name W. Richards, 31 Old Hall St, Liverpool.
William Richards and his son, Henry, seem to have traded from both 51 and 61 Old Hall Street from around 1858, to about 1878.
The frame stamped "W. Tranter's Patent". The cartridge extractor rod borderline engraved solid frame marked 'W. TRANTER'S PATENT' with externally sprung side loading gate.
Plain five shot cylinder, polished hammer and trigger, iron butt-cap iron trigger-guard.
Finely chequered one piece walnut grips.
Retaining 35-40% of it's original blued finish. mostly on the barrel with some blue in the protected areas of the frame.
The action strong with good indexation and lock up, the chambers clean, the bore bright with deep rifling and some general scattered light pitting. All springs strong.
Overall length approx. 11 inches.
The revolver is presented in a period oak case, bearing a large trade label for W. Richards, Gun Manufacturer, 51 Old Hall Street, Liverpool. containing a number of period accessories including a brass cleaning rod, oil-bottle marked “James Dixon and Sons, Sheffiled”, and a turn-screw.
Examining other contemporary cased it examples, the layout, age and fit make me think this is an original case, but it is possible that it may have been re-lined and fitted for this pistol.
Overall a very good example of an early tranter cartridge revolver circa 1870.
Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.
UK Sale only. Bank Transfer Payment only for this particular item.