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Lot 488: Webley-Fosbery Model 1902 Automatic Revolver

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Webley-Fosbery Model 1902 Automatic Revolver with Holster

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Webley-Fosbery Model 1902 Automatic Revolver with Holster

Manufacturer: Webley-Fosbery
Model: 1902
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 455 Webley
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 321
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is a solid representative example of a Webley-Fosbery Model 1902 revolver as 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. The top section of the revolver slides backwards, cocks the hammer, and simultaneously indexes the cylinder one position after each pull of the trigger using zig-zag grooves. This mechanism allows for a way higher rate of fire when 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 some of its magazine fed semi-automatic counterparts, and just as fast to reload utilizing the top break system with a six shot speed loader. Whiting's improved cylinder catch button mounted on the top strap for easy removal of the cylinder, left side mounted safety lever, and a swivel lanyard ring mounted on the butt. Blade front sight and the rear sight integral to the top strap latch. "WEBLEY FOSBERY" marked on the left of the top strap. "Winged bullet/W&S" trademark followed by "455 CORDITE" marked on the left of the frame. Crown proofs on either side of the top strap and a broad arrow acceptance mark ahead of a crown proof on the lower left rear tail of the frame. Serial number "4313" is marked on the right side of the frame. Mixed numbers on various components including "4317" marked on the left of the grip frame, "4311" marked on the sear, "311" marked underneath the barrel and on the rear face of the cylinder (likely a factory error), and "317" marked on the safety bar. Includes a period brown leather holster.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retaining 75% dull arsenal refinished blue finish with some light edge wear, light wear to the markings, cylinder drag lines, and some scattered minor dings. Grips are crude period replacements with some light scratches and handling marks, rub marks from the safety, and defined edges. Mechanically fine. Included leather holster is very good with some light age related wear.

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