British Webley Mark I MKI MK-I .455 Service Revolver, MFD 1890-1894 Antique

SOLD FOR: $2225

LSB#: 210722TS96

Make: P. Webley & Son

Model: Mark I Service Revolver

Serial Number: 7636

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” next to various British proofs. The underside front face of the barrel, the bottom of the frame, and the cylinder are marked “7636”. The backstrap is marked “2 / 93 / 12L / 5”. 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. There is a lanyard ring in the bottom of the grip. The grips have some scattered nicks, scuffs, and scratches on the smooth borders. There are some areas of compressed checkers but overall, the checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good-Fine condition as Antique.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is dom. The rifling is worn but visible. There is scattered erosion and light pitting.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 81% of its metal finish. The leading edges show thinning and light pitting. Various areas of the finish have transitioned to patina. There are scattered freckles of surface oxidation throughout. There are some scattered nicks, dings, and scratches throughout. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are disfigured yet serviceable. The markings are generally clear, some are poorly struck. Overall, his handgun rates in about Very Good-Fine condition as Antique.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel locks up with slight play to the frame. The cylinder locks up with barely perceptible play on each chamber when the trigger is depressed. 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-Fine condition as Antique with about 81% of its blue finish remaining. The mechanics are 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!

British Webley Mark I MKI MK-I .455 Service Revolver, MFD 1890-1894 Antique
British Webley Mark I MKI MK-I .455 Service Revolver, MFD 1890-1894 Antique