Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1688: Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver with Desirable 6 Inch Barrel

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $11,000 - $16,000

Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver with Desirable 6 Inch Barrel

Manufacturer: Webley-Fosbery
Model: 1903
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 455 Webley
Barrel: 6 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 345
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is reportedly a Model 1903 variant of the Webley-Fosbery revolver designed by Lt. Col. G. V. Fosbery which utilizes a novel "automatic" mechanism. It is a true revolver with cartridges held in a six shot cylinder, but the cylinder is automatically turned by the force of recoil. At the pull of the trigger the top section of the revolver slides backwards, cocks the hammer, and simultaneously indexes the cylinder one position using zig-zag grooves. This mechanism allows for a faster rate of fire compared to a standard double or single action revolver, while still maintaining the same responsive trigger pull of a single action. The Fosbery design was reported to have been as fast, if not faster, than its magazine fed semi-automatic counterparts, and just as fast to reload utilizing the top break system with a six shot speed loader. Blade front sight and the rear sight integral to the top strap latch. The top barrel rib is marked "P.WEBLEY & SON.LONDON & BIRMINGHAM." The top strap left side is marked "WEBLEY·FOSBERY". The left side of the frame is marked with the "winged bullet/W&S" trademark followed by "455 CORDITE". Serial number "3447" is marked on the right side of the frame and on the left side grip frame. The matching partial serial number "447" is marked on the face of the cylinder, "447" below the cylinder arbor, and some small parts. Fitted with checkered walnut grips and a lanyard loop.

Rating Definition:

Fair, retains traces of the original blue finish, primarily in sheltered areas, with the balance mostly an artificial smooth grey patina and a few scattered patches of light pitting. The grips are also fair with some scattered minor dings and scratches and otherwise mostly crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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