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S&W 2nd Model .455 Hand Ejector Belonging To Lt. Col. R. Simson WS, OB

  • Price: $4,995.00
  • Maker: S&W
  • Model: HE
  • Caliber: .455

  • Description: Serial #7947, .455 Webley, 6 1/2" barrel with a fine, bright bore that has some minor freckling within the grooves. This revolver has matching numbers on the frame, cylinder, yoke, extractor, and barrel with the metal retaining 97-98% of a reapplied British commercial blue finish that has trace silvering on some of the high edges, and a mild turn-ring on the cylinder. Some additional mild freckling is present on the gripstraps. British crossed pennants and Broad Arrow property stamps are present on the left side of the frame. The hammer and trigger have about 85-90% of the original color case-hardening remaining with the balance worn bright gray. The right side of the frame has the owner's name and unit engraved along the curved rear edge below the hammer: "R. SIMSON / 4th ROYAL SCOTS". The ivory grips are post-service additions and have a pleasing caramel-colored age patina. The revolver is housed in an Army & Navy CSL labeled case, complete with intact red baize lining and paper label, as well as a brass cleaning rod, and key. The lock-up is still tight and the mechanism functions flawlessly. Robert Simson was born on February 8, 1872 in Edinburgh, Scotland and gained admission to the Society of Writers to the Signet as a lawyer in 1894. He was also a member of the Queen's Edinburgh Rifles from 1900 until 1905 when he retired as a Sergeant. He returned to service at the outbreak of WW1 and was commissioned a Captain in the 4th Royal Scots on October 5, 1914. He embarked for service in Egypt and Palestine where he was twice mentioned in Allenby's despatches, and received promotion to Lt. Colonel (Temp.) as Commandant of a Demobilization Camp at the end of the war. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (Military) on June 3, 1919, and resigned his commission on January 7, 1921. He died in Edinburgh five years later. This is a very nice WW1 .455 hand ejector, is in fine overall condition, and was owned by a long-serving Scottish officer. FFL or C&R