Eighteen months ago I was lucky to be invited to a friend's place who was
preparing to downsize his collection prior to moving house and returning to his place of birth in Victoria Australia. I picked up some nice bound periodicals
on World War One and quite a few original WW1 maps plus copies of photographic aerial maps. Most of the long arms, bayonets, and badges had previously gone to
other lucky collectors. He then mentioned he had a number of military pistols available and while not focused on the side arms I expressed interest in what was
available. Starting with modern models and moving through WW11 Webleys, plus a nice Luger to WW1 Webleys, US Colt M1917, another Luger, before moving to some
Cap and Ball reproductions. By now my hands started to itch and the pulse rate naturally was up (the effects of gun oil etc) when he enquired if I had an
interest in naval marked service firearms which I am. He then handed me a .455 Webley revolver and I knew immediately it was pre WW1 Naval marked and in lovely
condition. I made the commitment there and then to add it to my collection. I am not sure of the date and believe it is a Mark 1, has missed all the upgrades
and has been proofed BNP for smokeless with evidence electronic or laser stencil under the barrel. Tight as a drum, blueing and grips are perfect no evidence
of holster rubbing. Bore is perfect and possibly had little or no use. I cannot see a date marked anywhere though the
registration papers state 1889-1892 plus Mark 1 or Mark 1* and the Serial Number is between 33870 and 33890.
I would be grateful if anybody can identify the Date and Model please.