A Cased 50-Bore Kerr Patent Double-Action Percussion Match Prize Revolver
Lot 289
A Cased 50-Bore Kerr Patent Double-Action Percussion Match Prize Revolver
Sold for £5,625 (US$ 9,109) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Cased 50-Bore Kerr Patent Double-Action Percussion Match Prize Revolver
A Cased 50-Bore Kerr Patent Double-Action Percussion Match Prize Revolver
Retailed By The London Armoury Company, No. 9998, Dated 1864
With octagonal sighted barrel line engraved along the angles, with a band of guilloche around the muzzle and engraved 'London' along the top flat, border engraved top-strap decorated with scrolling foliage, serial numbered cylinder engraved en suite, border engraved frame and signed back-action lock (action defective) decorated with scrolling foliage, the former engraved 'Kerr's Patent No. 9998.' one side, the other side stamped with retailer's mark, sprung safety-stop, patent rammer with spring-catch, side-hammer and trigger-guard engraved en suite, chequered rounded butt with ovoidal silver butt-cap engraved 'National Rifle Associan. 1864 Wimbledon', and vacant silver escutcheon (some wear overall): in lined and fitted brass-mounted mahogany case (lower inside edge incomplete) with accessories including James Dixon & Sons powder-flask (minor dents, cut-off spring incomplete) with split-ring for suspension, brass bullet mould and ramrod, the exterior of the lid with circular vacant brass escutcheon
14.6 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • The National Rifle Association archive records this revolver in the 1864 results under the 'All comers extra prizes, 2nd series:- 800 yards, 5 shots, any rifle, any position. Entrance fee 10 s. h.p.s. 20 marks'. The 6th prize in this series is listed as 'A Kerr revolver, value 10 guineas, presented by the directors of the London Armoury Co., won by Lieut. Squire, 3rd Elgin R.V., with 19 marks, using a Whitworth rifle'

    Hugh Squire was born in Inverness in 1836 or 1837. In the 1861 census he is described as a 'Commission Merchant' living in Elgin. In 1859 he was involved in the forming of the Morayshire Volunteers in the position of Secretary and on the formation of the 3rd Volunteer Battalion (Elgin Artisans) was elected to the rank of Lieutenant. He is recorded as taking part in the Elgin Volunteers prize shoot held at Lossiemouth on New Year's Day, 1861, and on 16 August 1862 he won a Henry rifle, valued at £10 at the Second Review of the Elgin Volunteers held at Linkwood, Elgin. For more information see History of the 3rd Volunteer Battalion Seaforth Highlanders 1860-1906, 1906
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