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Item #38939

Cased Wilkinson-Pryse No. 4 Revolver Identified

  • Maker: Wilkinson
  • Model: No.4
  • Caliber: .450

  • Description: Serial #1055 (Wilkinson #6793), .450 CF, 5 1/2 octagon barrel with a fine, bright bore that has some traces of freckling within the grooves. This is a handsome, all-matching numbers revolver that has retained 97-98% of the original nickel finish that has flaked to freckled plum-brown along some of the edges and projections, especially along the face of the cylinder. The top of the barrel rib is engraved, WILKINSON & SON 27 PALL MALL LONDON, and a further JOHN / STANTON & Co. marking is present stamped into the metal under the grip, and the Wilkinson number is acid-etched into the outside of the trigger guard bow. The walnut grip is in fine shape, with only minor handling marks and blemishes. The lock-up is firm, and the action functions flawlessly. The revolver is housed in an original wooden case with a fairly modern scarlet baize interior lining, however the original Wilkinson paper label is still intact and present. The case has five compartments, with one containing a 49 round cartridge block. The lid has an inlaid brass name plaque engraved: F.W. BURNETT, and is in fine shape, save for a stable linear crack along the bottom. The original key, a pewter oil bottle, turn-screw, and cleaning rod are also included. Frederick Walton Burnett was born ca. 1860, and was educated at Harrow, before leaving mid-season to attend the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1876. He was 7th in his class of 100 cadets, and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant May 1, 1878. He was one of those present at Queen Victorias Levee of May 24, 1878 at St. James Palace, and was listed as 2nd Lieut. F.W. Burnett, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Six days later, he sailed for his posting at Gibraltar, but was wracked with ill-health, he was soon retired, and left the Army for good on February 2, 1879. He eventually emigrated to New Zealand, and became a farmer in the Auckland area, and no more is known. This is a fantastic example of a desirable Wilkinson-Pryse, and would make a splendid addition to any collection. Antique