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A cased Tranter 3rd model percussion revolver with a full compliment of accoutrements in 120 bore retailed by Melbournian dealer, James W. Rosier, c. late 1850s-1860s.
A popular, robust model from one of England's leading names in firearm manufacture during the mid nineteenth century, this Tranter revolver is in exceptional condition, retaining almost 95% of its original rich blued finish on a profusely foliate engraved frame, and includes the standard accessories of a bullet mould, percussion caps, lubricating compound, bullets, screwdriver, rammer, and oil bottle.
Tranter's 3rd model appeared in 1856, although the serial number of this particular item dates it to the late 1860s, early 1870s.
It has an interesting history, having been sold at auction in London in 1962 for the then princely sum of £40. Previous to that, it had been published in John Nigel George's 'English Pistols & Revolvers' (1938) as plate XXV, fig.6.
The item's almost perfect condition hints to the possibility that it had remained as unsold stock, never to see the wear and tear of use. If this was the case, it may have been either lot 130 or 131 at Rosier's sale-of-business public auction in October 1916, listed in the catalogue as '1 Tranter revolver, in case, 120-Bore', or possibly lot 132, '1 Tranter Revolver, double action, in case'.
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