Object Title

Percussion turret rifle - Wilkinson and Son turret rifle

Percussion turret rifle - Wilkinson and Son turret rifle



Object Number



Purchased at auction from Christies, 18th July 1973, lot 206

Physical Description

The cylinder held in place by a spring loaded stud, the top engraved WILKINSON AND SON, PATENT 5124, with an engraved crest comprising a marquis's coronet above a boars head erased.
Nipples and blued hammer on the underside.
Figured walnut stock with blued iron mounts.
Browned twist barrel with 11 groove rifling. signed in full, with sighting and a hinged and blued top strap engraved with scrollwork, a crest and the inscription WILKINSON AND SON, PALL MALL, LONDON, 4 PATENT 5124.


BarrelLength28.78 inhes
BarrelLength731 mm
OverallLength1209 mm


Serial Number None visible


0.69 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Wilkinson no.5124



Manufactured to M. Poole's Patent No.7286 (1837) for manually rotated under-hammer radial percussion system. Wilkinson's records show that it was made in 1839 for the Marquis of Breadalbane, that it was ribbed and breeched by Evans, stocked by Bagnall and screwed together by Whitehead, and that it was finished on December 3rd.
Records indicate 17 examples were completed and the last 2 examples were unfinished. Last date being 3 October 1844 - making 19 in total.
Moses Poole was a patent agent. The principal for this patent was probably W. Cochran of New York City, who held an equivalent U.S. Patent No.188 of April 28th 1837.
The dealer D. Fraser, Bathgate, W. Lothian, has a cased pistol with this action and by same maker (with two cylinders) marked 5 PATENT 5125. See XII.3899 for pistol of this series.
In Taylerson : 'The Revolver 1818-1865'is illustrated another rifle of this type by Wilkinson's numbered 15 Patent 5249