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Item #38913

Webley No. 5 New Model Army Express Belonging to Col. Indian Army

  • Maker: Webley
  • Model: No. 5
  • Caliber: .455

  • Description: Serial #1349, .455 CF, 5 1/2" barrel with a very good, lightly freckled bore. This is a handsome revolver, marked "ARMY & NAVY C.S.L. / EXPRESS" on the topstrap, and having the Webley "Winged Bullet" logo on the left side of the frame. The metal retains 97-98% of the original bright nickel finish, with some very mild flaking to the underlying dark brown metal in spots, mainly along the edges of the gripstraps. The cylinder is matching numbered and has some mild flaking to gray metal at the face, and the ejector rod assembly has damage to the screw slots. The checkered walnut grips are in good-very good shape with numerous minor handling marks, moderate wear throughout, and the remnants of a painted marking in red on the right side panel. Army & Navy CSL records list this revolver as being sold to "Major E. Carrington" on March 11, 1886. Edmund Carrington was the older brother of Major General Sir Frederick Carrington KCB, KCMG (a friend of Cecil Rhodes, and the overall commander of British forces that successfully put down the Matabele Rebellion in 1896), and was born on September 11, 1842, and was educated at Cheltenham College. He received a commission as an Ensign in the 29th Regiment of Foot on November 7, 1862, and was promoted to Lieutenant just under a year later. He was made Regimental Instructor of Musketry in August of 1866, and held the post until he was promoted to Captain in October of 1869. He served in the 1st Battalion stationed at Quetta, Bengal, where he was promoted to Major in July of 1881. He saw active service with the Zhob Valley Expedition (1884), and as part of the Bikaneer Field Force from 1884-1885. He was further promoted to Lt. Colonel on August 11, 1886 (a few months after purchasing this revolver), and commanded the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment until receiving his full Colonelcy exactly four years later. He was appointed Deputy Quartermaster-General, Bombay Army in March of 1891 and retired back to England in 1896. He married in November of 1897, but died suddenly while bicycling on September 5, 1898. This very revolver is illustrated on pg. 230 of "Webley Solid Frame Revolvers - Models RIC, MP, and No. 5" by Black, Davis, and Michaud; (2010). It is a fine example of a solid frame Webley that is very seldom seen in America, and is identified to a long serving officer in the Indian Army. Antique