Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1328: Cased Webley-Kaufman Double Action Revolver with Extra Cylinder

Auction Date: September 12, 2020

E. M. Reilly & Co. Retailer Marked Webley-Kaufman Double Action Revolver with Extra Cylinder and Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

E. M. Reilly & Co. Retailer Marked Webley-Kaufman Double Action Revolver with Extra Cylinder and Case

Manufacturer: Webley
Model: Kaufman
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 455/476
Barrel: 5 3/4 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 258
Class: Antique
Description:

Richard Milner theorized that the "L6020" marking on the right side of the barrel at the breech is a South African registration marking for Lydenburg. He also indicated he was aware of just seven other Third Model Kaufman revolvers out of the less than 100 manufactured around the 1880s (consignor states there are eight known). The revolver has a round blade front sight on a raised integral base, shallow v-notch rear sight built into the latch, push-button cylinder release, "E. M. REILLY & Co./277. OXFORD ST. LONDON." on the top strap, the winged bullet and "W&S" trademark on the left side of the barrel lug at the breech, Birmingham proofs, "I. SF." on the left side of the frame just ahead of the grip (believed to be a Southern Force of the South African Army marking), intertwined "MK" within a triangle over "1236" on the right side of the frame (initials for patent holder Michael Kaufman and patent use number), "236" and "23" on the back of the installed cylinder, "1219" (Webley number for this model) along with "236" and "15" on the back of the extra .455 caliber cylinder, and "1219" repeated on the back of the barrel lug, on the left side of the back strap, and inside of the checkered walnut grips. The case has an E. M. Reilly & Co. trade label inside the lid and a wooden cartridge block.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 95% plus original nickel plating, minor spots of flaking, light scratches and marks, and distinct markings. The grips are also very fine and have crisp checkering, a few minor nicks and dings, and smooth oil finish. The period replated extra cylinder has nearly all of the nickel remaining and has been relined/bushed per Richard Milner (probably from .45 Colt and potentially unsafe). The custom case is good with minor storage wear. Mechanically excellent. This is a desirable Webley revolver variation in high condition suitable for any antique arms collection.



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