Webley & Scott Mark III MKIII MK-III .455 4″ SA/DA Service revolver Antique

SOLD FOR: $1725

LSB#: 210722TS95

Make: Webley & Scott

Model: Mark III Service Revolver

Serial Number: 75162

Year of Manufacture: 1897-1898 Antique

Caliber: .455 Webley

Action Type: Single or Double Action Top Break Revolver with Left Side Thumb Release

Markings: The left side of the top strap is marked with “MARK “III””, a broad arrow acceptance stamp, and other British proof marks. The left side of the frame below the cylinder is marked “WEBLEY / MARK III / PATENTS”. The right side of the frame is marked “SVC / 53”. The cylinder is marked behind each flute with British proof marks. The bottom of the frame ahead of the trigger guard and the front of the barrel assembly are marked “75162”. There are several other British proofs and broad arrows throughout the gun.

Barrel Length: 4″

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a thin half-round blade fixed to a boss at the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notch in the top of the barrel latch.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black hard rubber panels. There is a lanyard ring on the bottom of the grip. There are scattered little nicks and scratches on the smooth borders. The checkering is generally sharp and has very light discoloration. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in about Fine condition as Antique.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with well defined rifling. There is light erosion at the muzzle.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 40% of its current metal finish. There is thinning at the leading edges as well as tiny nicks and dings. The barrel and sides of the frame show a light patina with surface oxidation. The grip straps show a darker patina and surface oxidation. The cylinder shows similar imperfections and a distinct turnline. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are generally clear, some are worn, but legible. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition as Antique.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel locks up tightly. The cylinder locks up with barely perceptible play when the trigger is depressed. The double action is smooth. 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 1887. From lessons learned with this revolver and from their W.G. line of commercial revolvers, continual improvement in the design occurred. The Webley Mark III was sealed on October 5th, 1897. Several new features were introduced for the first time on this pattern, including a completely new barrel unit and cylinder assembly to replace the versions used on the Mark I and Mark II revolvers. It has some later features such as the screw-secured cylinder cam and hammer-mounted firing pin. The revolver is in about Very Good condition as Antique, operating properly in both single and double action. Despite our research efforts, we could not determine the meaning of the marking “SVC / 53” on the right side of the frame. This revolver would make a fun research project for any Webley enthusiast out there. Please see our photos and good luck!

Webley & Scott Mark III MKIII MK-III .455 4" SA/DA Service revolver Antique
Webley & Scott Mark III MKIII MK-III .455 4″ SA/DA Service revolver Antique