SOLD FOR: $1805
Make: Webley & Scott
Model: Mark I Service Revolver
Serial Number: 9676
Year of Manufacture: 1887-1894 Antique
Caliber: .450 Mark I Cartridge
Action Type: Single/Double Action Top Break Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel rib is marked “ARMY & NAVY C.S.L”. The left side of the frame is marked “WEBLEY / MARK I / PATENTS” next to the winged bullet Webley & Scott logo. The bottom front of the frame, front of the barrel assembly, and rear face of the cylinder are marked with the serial number “9676”. There is a British proof mark at the rear of each cylinder flute, at the rear of the rib on either side, and on the right bottom rear of the frame.
Barrel Length: 4” Ribbed
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade integral to a raise in the rib. The rear sight is a U-notch at the the bottom of a V-shaped notch in the top of the latch.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered hard rubber panels. There is a sizable chip at the bottom of the left panel. There are some scattered little nicks and scratches on the smooth borders. The checkering is sharp and shows some light discoloration. Overall, the grips rate in about Good condition as Antique.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is worn yet visible. There is some faint scattered erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 74% of its metal finish. There is scattered light surface oxidation with areas of notable erosion and pitting on the rib and cylinder. There is thinning at all leading edges. The guard and grip straps show a transition to patina. There are scattered little nicks and dings in the metal. The cylinder shows a faint line. The screw heads are tool-marked with strong slots. The markings are legible. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good-Plus condition as Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lock-up produces light play when the trigger is depressed. 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: From Barry Bromley, “Approximately 40,000 Mark I’s were produced until the model was discontinued in 1894, the highest known serial number being 41349. There were 5000 made for the civilian market retailed by the Army & Navy Co-operative stores, London at the price of 105 shillings (€6.30) and the price reduced in 1892 to 97 shillings (€5.80) It was also offered nickel plated for an extra 6 shillings. The civilian model would also accept the .450 Mark I cartridge.” This revolver is in about Very Good-Plus condition as Antique and has solid mechanics. Please see our photos and good luck!