Dating a colt trooper mkiii

3 1/2" barrel, correct german silver fore sight, Birmingham proofs. proof, marked on reverse side "TPF" (Toronto Police Force) in large engraved letters (this is a known group), "525", Webley trade mark of Winged Bullet over "W&S", "WEBLEY'S / R. The "525" is likely a TPF number, continuing a ledger record of guns that began long before this order to Webley, and from the look of it, stamped by Webley from a block of numbers sent by the police. Smooth with no pitting and just small areas of light surface stain. Hilt with high quality brass mounts, finely hand chased and engraved, retain small traces of original gilding, ebonized spiral carved original grip capped with pommel ensuite with cross-guard. grip, no cracks or repairs, clear inspectors' cartouches both sides. All screw heads and button trigger also with gold decoration. Barrels rotated by hand, pulled forward to eject shells. Grips are fine , retain 95% smooth original varnish, some slight dings on bottom edges. The hilt is a heavy and large eared affair of very good quality workmanship.

About 700 or so of these presentation Model 1821 Infantry Officers swords were given to graduating officers of the Ecoles Militaires from 1822 to 1830. 12" triple-fullered blade cut down from Firangi (European) sword blade. All matching numbers 91761 (made 1883), cylinder matching # 1761, barrel numbered 1761 under ejector housing. All metal smooth, mostly blue turned plum patina, no pitting, edges and markings sharp and clear. Solid uncleaned checkered grip, no cracks or repairs, several shallow pressure marks on right side. The # 1430 is the issue # of some police force, so well-stamped I believe it was applied by Webley as part of the order. This explains the lack of a powder flask or a space to hold one. bright original blue(note that Tranter cylinders received a dull gray casehardening, not blue), remaining surface smooth plum patina. condition original bag flask with adjustable spout; original screwdriver and nipple wrench; original pewter oil bottle stamped on bottom "JAMES DIXON / & SONS / SHEFFIELD / 202 P"; original Joyce cap box w/caps; original canister of "TRANTER'S / PATENT / LUBRICATION COMPOSITION" with much original lube inside; 12 original bullets covered with white lead oxide. Barrel is of genuine twist and all the pattern remains, just slightly dulled. crisp working order, including double set triggers, marked "TANNER / IN HANNOVER". Solid brass mounted stock in fine uncleaned condition, no cracks or repairs, original sling swivels and thick wood rammer. The lines of the stock, cheek rest, pistol grip, thick wood rammer, are identical. However, the Model 1837 used a front-action lock, had a large rectangular patchbox, different placement of the sling swivels and a bayonet bar.

Steel scabbard with mostly smooth dark age patina, 3 small dents on reverse near drag. Areas of guard chiseled with foliage patterns, remainder pierced with myriad small square holes. Original solid wood grip, no cracks, chips or repairs, fit perfectly and obviously original to gun, retain about 40-50% original varnish. Regarding the handcuffed wrists, I quote from Dowell's "The Webley Story", p.66 "...frame is stamped with the Webley trade mark depicting a pair of handcuffed hands. barrels with hook breeches retain much original genuine twist finish, ribs engraved "A. Leather tabs allow entire compartmented interior to be removed from case. Case in good solid condition with two pivoting locking hooks, but missing brass lid escutcheon and lock bezel. This "GR" rifle never had a bayonet bar - the smooth and continuous pattern of the twist at the muzzle prove this beyond doubt.

These swords were used by Slavonians employed by the Empire, and it is clear that Austrian blades became available to these men one way or another. $3,500 1493) Western Balkan Silver Mounted Flint Pistol c. 12 1/2" round barrel, .63 cal., silver band and chiseled relief panel at breech stamped with Muslim armourer's punchmark; another, larger punchmark on left side breech; a typical illegible attempt at a European barrelsmith's signature appears on top of barrel.

Well-made lock in fine working order with powerful springs, grooved frizzen face shows period wear, usual spurious European lock maker's markings.

There is an inscription on the upper right breastplate. 30" strongly curved blade with 10" back edge, is identical in form to British Mountain Artillery Pattern 1896. However, George IV died in 1830, a date I consider too early for this rifle.

Its type and location suggests this may have come from the known group of 16th and 17th century suits captured by Anup Singh, Maharajah of Bikaner, when, acting as the General of the Mogul Emperor Aurangzeb's army, he took by siege the Fortress of Adoni in 1689. Stamped with maker's mark "JOHN ROUND & SON / LIMITED / SHEFFIELD" , this mark partly overstruck with date '8 '15 (possibly '13) and inspector's stamp. William IV became King of England and ruler of Hanover from 1830 to 1837 - but this is clearly not a "WR".Solid stock is relief carved and silver wire inlaid, no cracks or repairs, engraved iron t.g.and sideplate, silver longspur engraved buttcap and embossed silver muzzle band. Grips retain 90% fine original varnish, slight chip missing both sides at rear of flared butt.Stock fitted at front with iron pivot slot for goats-foot type spanning lever; brass fore-end tip houses windage dial adjustable fore sight. Lock appears to be in working order, spring-loaded bowstring release hook snaps up when trigger is pulled.Solid, uncleaned, massive stock with brass mounts, no cracks or repairs.A good Flemish, German or Swiss crossbow for hunting or target.

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