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Item #38877

Wilkinson-Pryse 1884 Small Hinge Revolver Maj. H.R. Darley DSO

  • Maker: Wilkinson
  • Model: Pryse
  • Caliber: .476

  • Description: Serial #7374 (Wilkinson #8296), .476 CF, 5 1/2 octagon barrel with a fine, bright bore that has some mild freckling at the breech. This is a handsome revolver that has retained about 80-85% of the original bright blue finish, with most of the loss occurring on the forward portion of the barrel and on the gripstrap. The top of the barrel rib is engraved, WILKINSON & SON, PALL MALL, LONDON, the Wilkinson six-pointed star trademark is present on the left side of the barrel, and the original bright metal triangular aiming aid is still intact on the rear face of the sight notch bolster. The walnut grip is in fine shape, with some minor handling marks and blemishes, as well as light flattening of the points, and the Wilkinson number is still crisp and clear on the right side of the grip. The lock-up is still firm, and the action functions flawlessly. Wilkinson records list this revolver as being sold on September 14, 1887, to Gent. Cadet Darley. Henry Read Darley was born on June 13, 1865, in Dublin, Ireland. He was educated at Clifton School; Trinity College, Cambridge; and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before entering the 4th Dragoon Guards as a 2nd Lieutenant in March of 1888. He rose to the rank of Captain in July of 1891, and became an officer in the 3rd Battalion, South Wales Borderers in February of 1894. He accompanied the regiment to service in South Africa during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War as the Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, South Wales Borderers, and was mentioned in despatches on September 19, 1901. He was made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order on September 27, 1901, and was entitled to the Queens South African Medal with three clasps (Cape Colony, Transvaal, and Orange Free State); and the Kings South African Medal with two clasps (1901 and 1902). Capt. Darley retired (at Majors rank and pay) on June 18th, 1904. He reentered service during the First World War as a Reserve Major and Assistant Military Secretary, Eastern Command. In June of 1915 he was made Aide-de-Camp to the General commanding the 11th Division, BEF, and from November, 1916 until January, 1919, was in the Staff of the Remount Service. He was awarded the order of the British Empire on June 3, 1920, and retired again 11 days later. Darley had a distinguished legal career in addition to his military service, and was both a Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, as well as the Secretary of the Cavalry Club in London. He passed away on April 25, 1931 after a long illness. This is a splendid Wilkinson revolver, owned and carried by a distinguished British officer, and would make a wonderful addition to any collection. Antique