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John Thomas, Støckel: Birmingham, 1879 - 1884, his revolver with self-ejector patent # 779, dated 1869,  is produced by  Tipping & Lawden,
 Tipping & Lawden, Støckel: Birmingham and London,  1837 - 1877, after that taken over by Philip Webley & Son,
Taylerson, The Revolver 1865 - 1888: patented in 1869,
retailer JOHN HANSON, LINCOLN, Støckel: 1860 - 1868,




Thomas self-ejecting revolver, serial # 87 (according to former owner the lowest surviving #) caliber. 450, 5½" octagonal barrel with fixed front sight, a ball attached to turn the barrel 180 degrees for ejecting, on bridge over the cylinder retailer's JOHN HANSON, LINCOLN, rear sight on breech, on left side a safety to block the hammer, single and double action, crisp checkered grips and lanyard ring. The bluing is still strong and the cylinder shows case hardening. A very rare revolver in good working order and excellent condition.      $4,000.


                                                           

 

 

homas Patent Double Action Revolver
serial # 850, caliber .450, 5
¾'' octagon barrel with a good bore strong rifling. The metal surfaces of this revolver retain about 85% original bright blue showing scattered moderate flaking to gray-brown patina with light scratches. The butt cap shows some mottled case-hardened colors toning to smooth gray patina. The left side of the frame is marked with the Thomas patent information and the top strap is nicely retailer-marked ''JOHN BLISSETT & SON / 322 HIGH HOLBORN / LONDON''. According to Støckel in this configuration 1877 - 1883. The checkered one-piece walnut grip remains in excellent condition retaining almost all of its original finish and mostly crisp checkering with just a few small dings. This is a very mechanically interesting arm demonstrating the British obsession with self-extracting revolvers although this design manages it with a solid frame. It operates very much like the American Merwin & Hulbert system with a small button on the frame that releases the entire barrel and cylinder to cam forward, the extractor fixed against the frame to release the spent shells. The revolver also features a frame-mounted firing pin and a small wing-shaped screw on the left side frame that acts as a hammer safety. The action functions well mechanically with excellent timing and solid lockup. A very fine example of these peculiar British revolvers, rare - less than 1500 of which were manufactured.     $4,250.

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