SOLD FOR: $3225
Make: G.H. Daw & Co.
Model: Webley’s Improved Government Second Pattern
Serial Number: 148
Year of Manufacture: 1878-1892 Antique
Caliber: .455 Webley
Action Type: Single/Double Action Top Break 6-Shot Revolver
Markings: The left side of the frame is marked “WEBLEY / PATENTS”. The right side is marked “MK” in a triangle over “148”. The rear face of the barrel lug, the front face of the triangle, and the left side of the grip under the panel are marked “594”. The top strap is marked “G.H. DAW & Co / 57. THREADNEEDLE St / AND / 67 St JAMES’S St / LONDON.”.
Barrel Length: 5.75” Ribbed Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to a raise in the rib. The rear sight is a V-notch cut into the top of the top strap latch.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece bird’s head checkered wood panels. The panels appear to have been refinished at some point. There are some light little nicks on the smooth borders. There is darker discoloration from age and handling. The checkering shows light wear and is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in about Excellent condition as Antique.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright and the rifling is worn yet defined. There is scattered light erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 87% of its metal finish. There are tiny nicks and faint scratches scattered about the metal. There is thinning and erosion along the edges of the rib. The cylinder also shows some finish loss with erosion and has a distinct turnline. There is finish loss with light erosion on the grip straps and trigger guard. There is thinning at the muzzle. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are legible. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition as Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The top brake lever does not effectively engage the latch and it must be pushed manually to open the revolver. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This here is a Webley Improved Government Second Pattern revolver manufactured by the G.H. Daw Company sometime between 1878 & 1892. George DAW’s family started the business in 1780 at 57 Threadneedle Street, LONDON. In 1878 the name was changed to G.H. DAW & SON and remained as such until 1889. It then became Daw Gun Company from 1889 until closing in 1892. This is a most impressive revolver in fine condition with much of the original finish remaining. This would make a terrific addition to any Webley revolver collection. Please see our photos and good luck!