This is an example an early extraction system that was covered by Birmingham gunmaker John Thomas' English patent No. 779 of 13 March 1869. The cases are simultaneously extracted by rotating the barrel and pulling it forward. The frame has an unusually long opening to allow the barrel to move forward while pulling the 5-shot cylinder with it. A star-like extractor fixed to the breech holds the cartridges by their rims until they fall free. Another unusual feature is a screw-in safety bolt on the left side of the frame, behind the hammer. The top of the flat frame is retailer marked "ROBT S. GARDEN/29. PICCADILLY,/LONDON." and the Thomas patent number is marked over the serial number on the left side of the frame. There are Birmingham proof marks on the underside of the barrel and near each cylinder notch. Fitted with blade front and notch rear sights, lanyard ring on the butt, and a checkered one-piece walnut grip.
Fine, retains 80% plus of the period replated nickel finish with some scattered patches of minor flaking revealing a smooth grey patina. The grip is also fine with a minor chip absent from the beavertail and a few scattered minor blemishes in the well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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