547. Lovely British Mk II 2nd Model 455 Hand Ejector Revolver by Smith and Wesson

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serial #37842, 455 Webley, 6 1/2'' barrel with an excellent bright bore showing a tiny patch of pitting right at the forcing cone. This lovely revolver was purchased by Lt. P.W. Peach of the C.E.F. and remains in glorious condition. The metal surfaces retain about 98-99% original blue with scattered high edge wear primarily at the muzzle and knuckle, plus a few handling marks and a turn ring. The service hammer and trigger retain robust case-hardened colors with light operational wear but the lanyard loop has thinned with some colors left. The diamond checkered walnut factory grips with gold S&W medallions rate excellent. As you would expect from such an exceptional gun all appropriate parts and the grips are correctly numbered to the gun and it functions as good as did a century ago. The backstrap is engraved ''Lieut. P.W. Peach 45th Batt. C.E.F.'', above it on the knuckle is a unit marking ''I I6 / 45 / 9'' along with British proof marks. The backstrap engraving is left in-the-white but the unit markings are blued. The handgun is fitted into a fabric covered, leather reinforced suitcase style pistol case that rates about excellent with light wear, a short section of slight tearing of the fabric on the cover and scuffing on the edges. The case has brass locking sliding button clasp and green felt interior with six compartments that rate excellent. The inside cover is labeled ''Cogswell & Harrison Ltd.'' with various addresses of outlets and the factory. Also included is a period brass bore wipe, period bore brush, pair of keys for the locks, Dorsetshire hat badge and Bedfordshire Regiment belt buckle. Factory records will indicate that this gun was shipped to the Canadian Government on January 21, 1916. Although no immediate information came forth on the lieutenant, the 45th Battalion was authorized November 7, 1914, embarked in England on April 1, 1916, was absorbed by the 11th Reserved Battalion on July 7, 1916, ultimately disbanded on July 17, 1917 and was awarded battle of honor, Great War. Most members were recruited from Manitoba region and the regiment was used to reinforce or replace depleted units. This fine gun is one of the nicest presentations of a quality, large frame Smith from the Great War. (88840-51) {C&R} [Roy Jinks Collection] (1800/2200) Sold For 3737.50

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