A Very Rare 50-Bore John Adams Patent Six-Shot Double-Action Percussion Revolver
Lot 406
A Very Rare 50-Bore John Adams Patent Six-Shot Double-Action Percussion Revolver
Sold for £2,750 (US$ 4,640) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Very Rare 50-Bore John Adams Patent Six-Shot Double-Action Percussion Revolver
Retailed By Potts & Hunt, 33 Leman Street, London, No. 198, Circa 1866
With blued octagonal sighted barrel signed in full along the top flat and blued top-strap, blued serial numbered cylinder with swept nipple-shields, blued frame with maker's 'Trade Mark', the words separated by a 'JA' monogram, and engraved 'Adams's Patent Improved. No. 198.' along the right side, trigger-guard and butt-cap each retaining some original blueing, the latter with lanyard ring for suspension, blued rammer, chequered rounded butt, and retaining much of its original finish: in later leather holster, London proof marks (2)
15 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • This revolver incorporates John Adams British Patent No. 1758 of 12 July 1861 and No. 1959 of 28 July 1866. Taylerson records that 'Adams's new pistol was designed for optimal use with a cylinder for "cartridges made on the Lefauchaux principle", or with a percussion cylinder substituted [as in this case]; specimen arms are not known today'. For two other examples, one in the Royal Armouries, Leeds (study collection, serial no. 135), see Claude Blair, Pistols of the World, 1968, p. 138, no. 645; and W.H.J. Chamberlain & A.W.F. Taylerson, Adam's Revolvers, 1976, pp. 98-99, pl. 22 (bottom). For a further cased example in fine condition and sold in these Rooms see The Bell Collection of Antique British Percussion Revolvers and Accessories, 11 November 1998, lot 131
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