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Scarce Webley & Scott Webley-Fosbery Model 1902 "Semi-Automatic" Revolver

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Scarce Webley & Scott Webley-Fosbery Model 1902 "Semi-Automatic" Revolver

Produced in limited quantities at the turn of the century, the Webley-Fosbery uses a novel recoil driven operating system. The pistol is divided into two chief components, an upper frame carrying the barrel, cylinder and the hammer, which is mated to the lower grip frame and single action trigger and disconnector assembly on a spring loaded track. On discharge the recoil energy drives the entire upper frame back along the track recocking the hammer and advancing the cylinder. While this mechanism combines many of the positive features of both a revolver and an automatic pistol, it did not catch on, and the revolver was supplanted by the automatic as the primary sidearm of the military, police and civilians. Blade front and notch rear sights, with the one line Birmingham address on the barrel rib, "WEBLEY FOSBERY" on the left side of the top strap and "455 CORDITE" next to the "winged bullet" trademark on the left side plate of the lower frame. The top strap is also marked "MADE IN ENGLAND." While Wilkinson had stopped producing firearms, they continued to sell, with Webley revolvers being popular item. While no research has been done the Wilkinson archives may still contain information on the original purchaser. The hammer is checkered on three sides, with Birmingham proofs on multiple components, a safety switch on the left side of the lower frame, a pair of checkered grips and a lanyard swivel on the butt.

Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Very fine. The revolver retains 85% period retailer applied high polished blue finish showing some extensive scattered thinning to a brown and some minor spotting. The grips are excellent with a few minor handling marks. Overall the checkering is crisp. Mechanically excellent.

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This item is part of Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 2
 Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 | 9:00 AM  Central
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Scarce Webley & Scott Webley-Fosbery Model 1902 "Semi-Automatic" Revolver
Scarce Webley & Scott Webley-Fosbery Model 1902 "Semi-Automatic" Revolver
Lot number: 1612
Seller: Rock Island Auction Company
Event: Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 2
Ends: Saturday, April 30 | 9:00 AM  Central

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