Object Title

Centrefire four-barrelled pistol - Lancaster Large Frame Holster Model

Centrefire four-barrelled pistol - Lancaster Large Frame Holster Model

Date

about 1886

Object Number

PR.12081

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005 Gifted to the Ministry of Defence Pattern Room by Devon & Cornwall police, Exeter, August 1999

Physical Description

A.A. Thorn Patent oval bore single trigger four barrel pistol.
The single-trigger action operates a rotating firing-pin, A short side lever on the left of the breech operates a double top-bite lock (known as a 3rd type locking latch). on the breech face is stamped in a circle 'CHARLES LANCASTER PATENT'.
Plain finish with much original blueing stamped with Birmingham proof marks. The semi-birds head chequered walnut butt has a file-cut backstrap and a lanyard-loop. The hinged barrels are bored with Charles Lancaster's patent oval bore rifling and have open-sights and a German silver foresight. The barrel cluster is fitted with a self-acting extractor star.
The assembly number,78, is stamped on the bottom of the frame.

Techniques

Forged

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength6.2 in
BarrelLength159 mm
OverallLength277 mm
OverallWeight1.125 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 8012

Calibre

.476 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Calibre
476 C.F.
on the left side between the two barrels
engraved
Assembly number
78
on the underside of the breech
stamp
makers name
CHARLES LANCASTER (PATENT) 151 NEW BOND STREET
between the two top barrels
engraved
Proof marks
Crowned GP (London proof mark), crown over V (London view mark), letters GP interlaced in a cipher (provisional proof)
on each barrel
stamped

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