Horst Held†† =†† Antique Handguns
541 Lynnie Pennie Lane††††††††††††††Midlothian, Texas 76065
Joseph Bentley, Birmingham
StÝckel: 1829 - 1864, since 1841 pepperboxes, between 1844 - 1857 several patent for revolvers and improvements,
James Kerr, London, StÝckel: receives 1855 patent for loading lever
cased engraved Bentley-Webley Open-Top percussion revolver retailed by
Adams & Co., London
circa 1855, no
serial #, 4Ĺ" octagonal barrel with fixed front sight,
top flat inscribed ADAMS & CO., LONDON, side-mounted Kerr patent loading lever,
scroll-engraved muzzle and breech. The frame is also scroll-engraved, as
common for the early revolvers double-action only and therefore a spur less
hammer. The walnut grips are nicely checkered.
The revolver comes in an oak case lined with green baize, containing a bag-shaped powder flask (Riling # 127), bullet mold marked 84 (bore) with sprue cutter, three-piece pewter oil vessel, mahogany mounted cleaning rod with brass cap concealing ball screw, nipple wrench with ebonized handle. On the lid is a brass escutcheon plate.
Very good condition with much original blue on barrel, frame a light gray patina and excellent grips, accessories excellent, flask with staining on charger, case with later dark staining to exterior. With the case comes a tag from Sotheby, where it was sold a long time ago.
Literature: William C. Dowell "Webley Story"
A. W. F. Taylerson "The Revolver 1818 - 1865"
A early and rare cased set. $4,000.