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StÝckel: William Tranter Birmingham + London 1816 - 1890
received countless patents, his main patent is the double trigger revolver January 28, 1853, # 212;
Taylerson The Revolver, chapter XVIII,

StÝckel: Thomas Conway, Manchester, 1803 - 1869,





This is the very rare Tranter revolver, serial # 7939, caliber .380 rim-fire, 5" octagonal barrel with fixed front sight and retailer inscription on top flat T. CONWAY 15 BLACKFRIARS St. MANCHESTER. The rear sight is on top of the bridge.   just in front of the cylinder is marked, TRANTERS PATENT with serial # 7939. The cylinder is for six shots with faded case hardening and over each chamber with the mandatory proof stamp, additional proof stamps are on the barrel. On the left top barrel flat is the caliber stamp 380 between the proof stamps. This early Tranter has the very early type ejector rod screwed into the base of the grip butt. With circa 80% original bright blue, crisp checkered walnut is in fine condition, just showing some expected wear.
The case is one of the nicest I have seen with inlaid brass reinforcing straps across the top, front, and back. The top is embellished with a fine, engraved, initial plate with the monogram "H.Y.G." These are unusual initials and the only British Officer with those initials was Henry Yarburgh Gold who was listed as promoted to Captain in the Cape Mounted Riflemen in South Africa in July 1843. This Unit took part in the Siege of Durban in 1842. Research will undoubtedly turn up a lot more interesting history. The beautiful, 8 inch by 11-3/4 inch case is made of two contrasting shades of wood. All of the accessories are present which appear to be original, and the key is still in the box. There is a also present a small, round tin which reads, "W. Tranter's Patent Lubricating Composition."
Henry Yarburgh Gold was fighting with the 75th (Sterlingshire) Regiment of Foot from about 1834 (transferred from the 12th Regiment of Foot) to 1843 when he transferred to the Cape Mounted Riflemen. It is interesting to note that the 75th Foot was fighting the Native South Africans around the Cape of Africa in the Kaffir War of 1832, sometimes referred to as the 6th Frontier War (1834-1835) alongside the Cape Mounted Riflemen. This Unit was later engaged in the Siege of Durban (1842), the 7th Frontier War (1846-1847), the 8th Frontier War (1850-1853), and the Basuto War (1850-1852). Several pages with photos and documentation are included.
A very unique and decorative set!     $6,250.

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