Object Title

Percussion five-shot revolver - Tranter

Percussion five-shot revolver - Tranter

Date

1869

Object Number

XII.11079

Provenance

Purchased at Auction from Christies South Kensington, London Lot 164, 16th July 1997. By tradition presented by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales to Prince Abdulhamid (later Sultan Abdulhamid II, reigned 1867-1909) in April 1869, on a state visit to Constantinople, following the visit to London and Windsor by the Sultan and his son in July 1867. Subsequently given by Abdulhamid to 'Sheik al-Islam', a religious leader. The pistol reappeared in Scotland in 1955, when the late Robin Braid-Taylor purchased it from a gillie, who had been given it by an American sportsman who had apparently acquired it in Constantinople in 1924 while posted to the American consulate during the regime of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Robin Braid-Taylor then sold the pistol to the late WJF Ward in 1963.

Physical Description

This fine revolver was decorated with a gold cage around the ebony butt and a solid gold triggerguard. The blued steel frame is engraved with scroll and strapwork. The cylinder is engraved en suite with the frame and twice with the crest and motto of the Prince of Wales. The pommel on the butt is of crystal bearing a crowned cypher AE.
The red velvet lined case contains a white metal powder flask by G & J W HAWKSLEY and an engraved 54 bore bullet mould and an oil bottle by G & J W HAWKESLEY

Dimensions

BarrelLength152mm
OverallLength305mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 14031T

Calibre

54 bore (.450 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On strap: R & S GARRARD & CO. LONDONOn barrel: WILKINSON PALL MALL