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Item #38891

Webley Model 1896 WG Target Revolver Belonging to Brig. Gen. Glasgow

  • Maker: Webley
  • Model: WG
  • Caliber: .455

  • Description: Serial #12782, .455/.476, 7 1/2" barrel with an excellent, bright bore. This is a handsome revolver, much carried over the course of the owners career, and has retained 80-85% of the original bright, lustrous blue finish with numerous small spots of freckled gray metal scattered throughout, and silvered fading along the cylinder, raised edges, and projections. The underside is engraved with the owners name: "A.E. GLASGOW" in crisp Roman capitals, and the topstrap is marked "'WG' TARGET MODEL" on the left side, the "Winged Bullet" W&S trademark on the left side of the frame, but no retailer markings present. The hammer and trigger have some traces of mild freckling on the bright metal, while the thumb lever has about 90-95% of the original blue remaining. The checkered walnut grips are numbered to the gun on the interior, and are in very good shape with some scattered bruises, mild flattening of the points, and a single small chip at the top of the left panel (which is also stamped with the registration number on the butt: "9432". The lock-up is still solid and tight, and the action functions flawlessly. Alfred Edgar Glasgow was born at Tavistock, Devonshire, on June 21, 1870. He entered the army in 1891, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Sussex Regiment, with a posting with the 2nd Battalion at Dum Dum , Bengal, India. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on April 13, 1892, and took part in operations with the Chitral Relief Force in 1895, and further operations with the Tirah Field Force along the Northwest Frontier and Bazar Valley before being posted to Sialkot in the Punjab in 1899 (by then promoted to Captain and Regimental Adjutant). He served as Aide-de-Camp to Maj. Gen. Sir W.F. Kelly, KCB and Colonel of the Royal Sussex Regiment at Malta from July of 1904 until May of 1906, until he was posted back to India with the 1st Battalion at Rawal Pindi. He was promoted to Major on February 2, 1911, and was appointed Brigade Major, 7th Meerut Division, at Ranikhet. He transferred to france in 1914 after the outbreak of the Great War, and served as Brigade Major of the Bareilly Brigade from October, 1914, until January, 1915, when he was made Assistant Provost-Marshal with the Meerut Division until April 24. He was then promoted to Lt. Colonel (Temporary) and returned to England to assume command of of the 8th Service Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, then in training. He returned to combat command on January 11, 1917, as a Brigade Commander, 58th Infantry Brigade, with the temporary rank of Brigadier General, a post he would hold until April 17, 1919. Glasgow was wounded twice, and mentioned seven times in despatches: November 30, 1915; April 30, 1916; April 9, 1917; November 7, 1917; April 7, 1918; November 8, 1918; and March 16, 1919. For his gallantry, Glasgow was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in 1916, and was both created a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, as well as awarded the French Croix de Guerre in 1918. He was promoted to a full Lt. Colonelcy in August, 1919, and commanded the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment until August, 1923, when he was created a Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military). He was appointed a Brigade Commander, 2nd London Brigade, Territorial Army, on March 12, 1924, and finally retired with the honorary rank of Brigadier General on June 21, 1927. He passed away on February 1, 1950, at his home in Sussex. This is an incredible, identified Indian service and WW1 revolver that retains a high degree of original finish, and comes with a small, but detailed research folio connecting it to a gallant and much-honored officer. It would make a splendid addition to any collection. FFL or C&R