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Object Title

Centrefire six-shot revolver - The Tiffany Revolver

Centrefire six-shot revolver - The Tiffany Revolver

Date

1989

Object Number

XII.9609

Provenance

The pistol was donated by Smith & Wesson, and Tiffany and Co. of New York were commission for the decoration, 13 September 1989

Physical Description

The theme of oak, ash, walnut, elm and yew leaves was chosen to represent indigenous English trees whose wood has been traditionally associated with the crafting of British firearms. Yew branches, used in gun carriages, climb the barrel and frame, whilst the grip is carpeted by four different types of leaves, each individually plated in different shades of 22-carat gold. Oak and ash were used in longbows, most famously in Edward III’s victories at Crecy (1346) and Poitiers (1357), whilst walnut and elm were used for gun stocks.

The leaf motif continues on the steel of the revolver, up to the hammer and the cylinder. The tip of the muzzle is entirely inlaid with gold.

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Dimensions

BarrelLength152 mm
OverallLength280 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number BBM9353

Calibre

.44 in

Associations

Thumbnail image of The "Tiffany Revolver", based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29, decoration by Tiffany and Co. of New York. American, dated 1989
Thumbnail image of The "Tiffany Revolver", based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29, decoration by Tiffany and Co. of New York. American, dated 1989
Thumbnail image of The "Tiffany Revolver", based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29, decoration by Tiffany and Co. of New York. American, dated 1989
Thumbnail image of The "Tiffany Revolver", based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29, decoration by Tiffany and Co. of New York. American, dated 1989 (XII.9609)
Thumbnail image of The "Tiffany Revolver", based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29, decoration by Tiffany and Co. of New York. American, dated 1989 (XII.9609)
Thumbnail image of The "Tiffany Revolver", based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29, decoration by Tiffany and Co. of New York. American, dated 1989 (XII.9609)
Thumbnail image of The "Tiffany Revolver", based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29, decoration by Tiffany and Co. of New York. American, dated 1989 (XII.9609)
Thumbnail image of Centrefire six-shot revolver - The Tiffany Revolver Based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29
Thumbnail image of Centrefire six-shot revolver - The Tiffany Revolver Based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29
Thumbnail image of Centrefire six-shot revolver - The Tiffany Revolver Based on a Smith & Wesson Model 29