An exceptional approx .45 calibre cased percussion revolver engraved on the top strap "Deane Adams & Deane, 30 King William Street, London Bridge". This revolver was manufactured Circa 1851-1856. After the Great Exhibition of 1851, held in the purpose-built Crystal Palace in Hyde Park a wider selection of percussion revolvers became available and many officers purchased their own firearms to take with them to the Crimean war. The British Adams revolvers were some of the most popular due to the five chambers which could fire five shots rapidly and available in a range of calibres. Captain Joshua Crosse of the 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers) who used the largest calibre Adams revolver during the Crimean War (1854-56). Wrote to its inventor, Robert Adams, following the Battle of Inkermann (1854). Where he was wounded and surrounded by Russians quoted " I then found the advantages of your pistol over that of Colonel Colt's, for had I needed to cock the revolver before each shot I should have lost my life. With yours, having only to pull the trigger, I was able to shoot four Russians, therefore save my life. I should not have had time to cock each time, for they were too close to me, being only a few yards away. So close that I was bayoneted through the thigh immediately after shooting the fourth man". The decoratively engraved frame marked with Adams patent No.11643R. Finely chequered grips Engraved butt-cap. In very good overall condition retaining much of its original blued finish. In good working order. Complete in an oak wooden case, with a George Gibbs 20 Clare Street, Bristol paper trade label. With Bullet mold, copper powder flask and pewter oil bottle accessories. This was the type of weapon carried around the time of the Crimean war. An excellent example of a superb Adams revolver in a case complete with accessories. Overall length 11 inches. Case measurements 13.5 x 8 inches. Ref 3729.
This is an obsolete antique item and is sold as a collectors item only.
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