A GOOD CASED .450 WEBLEY 'No.4 PRYSE' REVOLVER RETAILED BY T. HORSLEY & SON, YORK, serial no. 1494,
for 1880, with nickel-plated octagonal 5 1/2in. barrel, raised sighting rib signed 'T. HORSLEY & SON, YORK', the left side of barrel inscribed 'CLAUDE FROM M.A.W.', thumbwheel cylinder release, break-open frame with twin 'Pryse' locking bars, plain automatic-ejecting cylinder, double action mechanism, chequered one-piece walnut grip, lanyard ring to the heel-plate, the whole retaining much original plated finish throughout and complete with its retailer's oak storage box with ten-screw lid and central circular escutcheon, the interior lined and compartmented in blue baize with tray for ammunition, corner lidded compartment and retaining its original turnscrew, oil bottle and cleaning rod, Thomas Horsley label inside lid (see below)
Provenance: The Horsley trade-label in this case is interesting as it is over-stamped 'And 20 Scot Lane, Doncaster'. This address had been occupied by a long established gunshop, 'Welbourne'. The elderly proprietor, George Welbourne was due to retire and Horsley prematurely assumed he would be able to acquire it, an event that never happened. One year later records have Horsley listed at 6 Scot Lane, and whilst this may have been unfortunate for Horsley, it does allow us to accurately date the sale of this particular revolver to within a few months in 1880. Sadly, the identity of 'Claude' or 'M.A.W.' remains unknown. The trade label from this actual case is pictured in David Bakers reference work 'Thomas Horsley, Gunmaker of York', pg 143
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