54-Bore (.442 caliber). 6.5" octagonal barrel. SN: 13450R. Blued finish, checkered one-piece walnut grip. Double action only, 5-shot percussion revolver with retailer casing. Top strap and barrel engraved in a single line “Deane, Adams & Deane 30 King William STt London Bridge”. Lower right side of frame engraved “ADAMS' PATENT No 13450R”, cylinder engraved “No 13450/R” front face of frame marked “DA&D/54”. Revolver has an intriguing period gunsmith modification replacing the fragile 1851 patent Adams safety on the left rear of the frame with a much more robust screw adjustable system that allows the safety to engage and create the half-cock position by tightening a knurled knob. Releasing the tension on the knob allows the revolver to function normally. Fixed notch rear sight and dovetailed Barleycorn front sight. Lanyard ring in butt. Revolver is contained an original English oak retailer casing with a green baize lining with a yellow Deane, Adams & Deane retailer label. The casing contains a variety of period correct accoutrements including a correctly marked Adams Patent 54-bore dual cavity brass bullet mold, a copper C&JW Hawksley bag shaped powder flask, a James Dixon & Sons Sheffield marked pewter oiler, a rosewood cleaning rod with concealed bullet puller and both a cleaning and loading screw-on jag head, an ebony handled cone wrench, a japanned cap tin with paper Eley brothers label, a japanned tin of Adams patent felt wads, a steel wad cutter, a number of cast lead Adams patent round nose bullets with correct teat for attaching the wads and a modern rosewood handled turnscrew. Top of case with an engraved brass name plaque that reads “B COLES / BACKINGHAM”. Research via Ancestry.com or a similar site may provide some fruitful results. The casing includes the small brass collection number tag 34 from when the gun was in the collection of the late Dave Dermon II who was the leading collector of English percussion revolvers in the US for several decades and assembled the best collection of southern retailer marked English percussion revolvers extant, many of which are pictured in The English Connection by Pritchard, Huey, et al. A lovely and very interesting variation of the 1851 Model Adams revolver from a famous and important collection.
Provenance:ex-Dave Dermon II Collection (Item #34), ex-Frank Berry II Collection, ex-John Thomas Collection.
Fine. Revolver retains much of the original period blue with scattered surface oxidation, some thinning and loss due to wear as well as some surface finish scuffs. Cylinder was likely originally case hardened and is now a medium pewter color with speckled oxidation. Markings remain clear and sharp, mechanically functional, very good bore is mostly bright with scattered oxidation, crisp rifling and some light pitting. Grip with some light wear and mostly crisp checkering. Casing very good with some moderate external wear and even internal wear to the lining. Some of the dividers are slightly loose, as it common. Accessories all good to very good at least with a fine mold and oiler. A really attractive cased set.
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