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Revolver - Tranter 3rd model, William Tranter, Bimringham, Cased, circa 1858 Object Reg. No: ST 021973

Summary:
Tranter 3rd model double trigger percussion revolver, cased, cal. 442 in (54 bore), rifled blued steel octagonal barrel 15.30cm (6 in) long.

Made by William Tranter, Birmingham, serial number 7540T, circaa 1858.

Wooden, probably cedar, cased lined in green baize with nine compartments and no trade label to the lid, containing bullet mould, cleaning rod, Tranter's lubricating composition, an empty percussion cap tin, powder flask, nipple wrench and lead bullets. Vacant brass escutcheon on lid outer.

William Tranter's 3rd model percussion revolver was the first of his percussion models to be built upon the improved, raked frame. Unlike the 2nd model, the rammer and lever were in a two-piece assemble, with the rammer pivoting on the lever arm. The model was the last of Tranter's double-trigger models, the 4th model, while built on the same raked frame as the 3rd, using a single trigger mechanism.
Description:
Light foliate engraved loading lever attached to L.H. side of frame. Five chambered cylinder polished, profuse foliate engraved blued solid steel frame, triggerguard and buttcap, polished steel spurless hammer and trigger, inverted 'Y' safety spring on frame L.H.side, 'S'-shaped arbor latch on frame R.H.side, chequered wooden grips, bladed front sight, notched rear sight.

Wooden, probably cedar, cased lined in green baize with nine compartments and no trade label to the lid, containing brass bullet mould, cleaning rod, Tranter's lubricating composition, an empty percussion cap tin with remnants of a label, copper and brass powder flask, nipple wrench and lead bullets. Hinged lid not fastened to case body and can be removed entirely. Vacant brass escutcheon on lid outer, and lid upper fastened to lid frame through 10 brass screws.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 13.90 cm (Height), 3.60 cm (Width), 30.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 15.30cm (6 in.)

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Tagged with: revolvers british
Themes this item is part of: William Cole Arms Collection, William Tranter, Gunmaker, Birmingham (1816-1890), William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952), Arms Collection
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on loading lever: W. TRANTER'S/ PATENT
Stamped on trigger L.H.side: W. TRANTER'S/ PATENT
Stamped on frame L.H.side: HH
Stamped on frame R.H.side: No. 7,540,T
Stamped on cylinder with London view marks
Stamped on cylinder at breech: 47
Stamped on inside of loading lever: 47
Model Name/Number: 1853 (3rd Model)
Manufacturer: William Tranter (Gunsmiths), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, circa 1858
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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