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Webley-Fosbery Model 1903 Target of Capt. Sir H.C. Lloyd KCVO, MC

  • Price: $19,995.00
  • Maker: Webley
  • Model: Fosbery
  • Caliber: .455

  • Description: Serial #3065, .455 Webley, 7 1/2" barrel with a fine, bright bore that has some mild freckling within the grooves. This is a handsome revolver that has retained 80-85% of the original blue that has faded to dark gray along the barrel and high edges. Silvering is present on the bearing surfaces of the frame rails, and there is gray metal along the gripstraps, which have an engraved name along the back: "H.C. LLOYD". The checkered walnut grips are in about very good shape with minor handling marks and blemishes on either side, as well as general flattening of the points. The right panel has some moderate bruises at the butt, and the locking stirrup has a flaked Suncorite finish. The lock-up is tight, and the revolver functions flawlessly. Army & Navy CSL records list this revolver as being sold to "Col. W.N. Lloyd, 3rd Welsh Brigade" on December 18, 1911. Wilford Neville Lloyd was born on September 15, 1855 at St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada, to Col. Robert Clifford Lloyd of Losset, County Cavan. W.N. Lloyd was a keen cricketer, and for a time was the captain of the Royal Military Academy team. He obtained a commission in the Royal Artillery in 1876, and fought in the South African War of 1878-1879, where he was mentioned in despatches. In 1882, he was a temporary resident magistrate in Ireland, and, following his promotion to Captain in 1884, was requested to accompany the Sudan Expedition. In 1888, he was appointed Staff Captain for Royal Artillery for the Northern Military District (York); and in 1896 became the private secretary to the Duke of Westminster. He wouldve bought this revolver when he was Asst. QM-General for the Southern Command HQ, and later, Asst. to the Maj. General in Charge of Administration of the Southern Command. Evidently, the gun was given, or possibly inherited by his son: Sir Humphrey Clifford Lloyd, who was born on April 24, 1893 in London. Lloyd was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Bn., Kings Royal Rifle Corps in 1913. He was severely wounded in the arm during an attack on German positions on the Aisne on September 14, 1914. He was mentioned despatches in June, 1915, and awarded the Military Cross. In 1915, upon his recovery, he was made Aide-de-Camp to the Viceroy of Ireland. The next year he was made Aide-de-Camp to General Lord Rawlinson, Cmdr. 4th Army, and was later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. He served past the change from Royal Flying Corps to Royal Air Force, and retired as a Captain on October 17, 1923. Following his retirement, he became a Gentleman Usher for King George V; serving in this office until the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. He was in Queen Elizabeths Coronation procession, and led the Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms into Westminster Abbey. He was awarded the Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1953, and the Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1962. He passed away in 1966. This is a splendid, double-identified Fosbery that is in very good-fine condition, and belonged to two very important British officers who served from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II. FFL or C&R