SOLD FOR: $1850
Model: No. 2 “The British Bulldog”
Serial Number: 22173
Year of Manufacture: 1870s-1928
Caliber: This revolver was originally chambered for .442 Center Fire, but the cylinder has been sleeved for use with some form of .38 caliber blank cartridges.
Action Type: Single & Double Action Side Loading Gate Revolver
Markings: The left of the frame is marked “WEBLEY’S / No2 / .442 CF” over a Webley flying bullet logo, “22173” and with a Stembridge “S”. The rear of the cylinder is marked “173”. The inside of the left grip panel is marked “5696”, “5” and “3”, the inside of the right panel has “5696” hand-written in pencil and is marked “5” and “3”, the left of the grip frame is marked “3” under the grip at the top-rear. The topstrap is marked “THE BRITISH / BULL DOG”. The top of the barrel is marked “W. KAVANAGH DAME ST” and the right is marked “DUBLIN”. There are British proof marks at each chamber.
Barrel Length: 2 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a groove in the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood. The grips have light handling wear with scattered nicks and scratches. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is gray with sharp rifling. There is scattered light erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its current metal finish. There are a few scattered light nicks and scratches with infrequent minor erosion under the finish. Much of the finish shows a plum hue, brightest on the hammer and loading gate. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. Overall, this pistol is in about Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The chambers have been sleeved for some kind of .38 caliber blank cartridge. The bore is still .442 caliber. The cylinder only locks when the hammer is pulled or the trigger is depressed. If the hammer is down and the trigger is forward, the cylinder spins freely in each direction. When the hammer is cocked, the cylinder has moderate play. When the trigger is depressed, the cylinder has less play. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes with a series of information from a previous auction where this revolver was sold out of the Stembridge Armory Collection. The revolver is identified by serial number as having been used in 1997’s hit movie “Titanic”.
Our Assessment: Webley has become synonymous with British revolvers, so it should come as no surprise that they were portrayed in the cinematic depiction of one of Britain’s most famous disasters, the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It is also fitting that this revolver has markings from an Irish retailer, given that the Titanic was constructed in Belfast. This revolver was chosen for the 1997 film “Titanic” by Stembridge Gun Rentals, and has since been sold out of the Stembridge collection. Whether you’re a collector of Webley revolver, Stembridge guns, or a fan of James Cameron’s film, this is a great piece for any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!