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Revolver - Pepperbox, Birmingham, circa 1850 Object Reg. No: ST 021958

Percussion pepperbox revolver, cal. .344 in., six blued barrelled, 81 mm long. Made in Birmingham, late 1840s or early 1850s.

Frame marked 'J.W. Rosier Melbourne'. Rosier was a Melbourne gunsmith and dealer, active in business from 1856-1916. The revolver is likely to have been retailed or resold considerably later than the date of manufacture.

Victoria Police assigned serial number: 40401VP.
Steel triggerguard, trigger and bar-hammer, chequered wooden grips secured by a single screw framed by a steel inlay with engraved foliate motif, flat butt with nickel silver butt cap, slight gap between grips and butt cap on both sides, nickel silver frame, engraved on both sides, down backstrap, on butt cap, triggerguard, and on bar-hammer with foliate scrolls, has a shield to protect the nipples.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 9.40 cm (Height), 4.00 cm (Width), 19.90 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 8.10cm

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Tagged with: revolvers british
Themes this item is part of: Firearms in Gold Rush Victoria, 1850s, James Watson Rosier, Gunsmith & Dealer, Melbourne (1834-1920), James Watson Rosier, Gunsmith & Dealer, Melbourne (1834-1920), Firearms in Gold Rush Melbourne, 1850s, Arms Collection, William Cole Arms Collection, William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952), Victorian Colonial Military Forces Units, 1854-1901
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Engraved on L.H.side of frame: J.W. ROSIER
Engraved on R.H.side of frame: MELBOURNE
Stamped on barrels with Birmingham proofmarks.
Place & Date Made: Birmingham, England, Great Britain, circa 1850
Retailer: James Watson Rosier (Gunsmiths), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1850s-1860s
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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