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Item #38476

Boer War Webley Mk.III Belonging to Maj. 5th Royal Dublin Fusiliers

  • Maker: Webley
  • Model: MK. III
  • Caliber: .455

  • Description: Serial #76502, .455 Webley, 6 inch barrel with an excellent, bright bore. This is a military service revolver that has matching numbers on the frame, cylinder, and barrel, with the metal retaining approximately 70-75% of the original brushed blue finish that has silvered and faded along the raised edges, projections, and bearing surfaces, and turned to a mellow plum-brown patina on the balance, with some mottled brown freckling throughout, heaviest along the gripstraps. The revolver has extensive military and commercial proofs, and is further engraved with the owners name: CAPT. S. ANKETELL-JONES 5TH R.D. FUSRS.. The checkered, Vulcanite grips are in fine shape; intact with only minor scratches and some flattening of the points. The lock-up is still rock solid, and the mechanism functions flawlessly. Spencer Anketell-Jones was the fifth son of Henry Montray Anketell-Jones of Belle Vue park, Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, and was very involved in the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of Aberdeen-Angus cattle in Ireland. On March 19, 1894, he was commissioned into the 5th Royal Dublin Fusiliers Militia Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant, and was a Captain by the time the 5th Royal Dublin Fusiliers shipped off to the Boer War in December of 1899. He served in a series of engagements, as well as an Assistant Press Censor, and was entitled to the South African Medal with two clasps (Cape Colony and Orange River Colony). Anketell-Jones retired from service as a Major, married in 1900, and was an active bobsledder following his military service. He was killed at Les Avants, Montreux, Switzerland, when the four-person bobsled he was piloting (the Mattchiche) flipped during a high speed run on Les Avants club course, hurling Spencer into a nearby telegraph pole. The three other crew members, including Spencers older brother, P.W. Anketell-Jones, suffered minor injuries. He is buried in the English section of the local cemetery. This is a very good example of a Mk. III Webley, identified to an Anglo-Irish officer who served in the Boer War,and would make a splendid addition to a collection. Antique