SOLD FOR: $2125
Make: P. Webley & Son
Model: Mark I Service Revolver
Serial Number: 12614
Year of Manufacture: 1890-1894
Caliber: .455 Webley
Action Type: Single or Double Action Top Break Revolver with Left Side Thumb Release
Markings: The left side of the frame below the cylinder is marked “WEBLEY / MARK I / PATENTS”. The underside front face of the barrel is marked “* / 12614”. The bottom of the frame and the cylinder are marked “12614”. The backstrap is marked “1. 97 / 3.H / 48”. There are British martial and commercial proofs as well as broad arrows on most parts.
Barrel Length: 4″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade integral to the barrel rib. The rear sight is a notch integral to the barrel latch.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black hard rubber. The grips have some scattered nicks, scuffs, scratches, and scrapes. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition as Antique.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright. The rifling is worn but visible. There is scattered minor erosion in the bore and scratches, likely from harsh cleaning.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 60% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges as well as on the sides of the frame. Various areas of the finish have transitioned to patina. There are scattered freckles of surface oxidation throughout. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs, and scratches throughout. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads and slightly disfigured with serviceable slots. The markings are generally clear, some are poorly struck. Overall, his handgun rates in about Very Good condition as Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel locks up with no perceptible play to the frame. The cylinder locks up with light play on each chamber. The double-action trigger is smooth. The single-action trigger pull is crisp. 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: None.
Our Assessment: P. Webley and Son received their first contract to produce the hinged frame Mark I revolver for the British Government in 1890. From lessons learned with this revolver and from their W.G. line of commercial revolvers, continual improvement in the design occurred, finally evolving into the Mark VI in 1916. About 35,000 of the Mark I revolvers were produced for the British government between 1890 and 1894, including this example. The revolver is in about Very Good condition as Antique with about 60% of its blue finish remaining. The mechanics are fairly strong. This revolver probably has quite a history if it could be told. It could very easily have seen use in any of the armed conflicts and small wars England participated in at the turn of the century. This revolver should be of interest to collectors of military weapons, especially those interested in British service weapons. About 40,000 were made in total, it is impossible to guess how many were lost in their African campaigns and the Boxer Rebellion, but there can’t be that many left today, especially with matching numbers. Please see our photos and good luck!