Caliber: 12mm pinfire / 12mm Lefaucheux
Date: before 1893
Status: restored, sold
cylinder: ELG in oval, control mark Z with crown, On the front of the cylinder it is stamped JD
Markings on the frame: behind the barrel its stamped x with star, under the grips it's stamped AB
This is a 12 mm 5-shot
pinfire revolver with the Webley RIC case ejecting system like also seen on the Webley British Bulldog revolvers. The Webley design for the "British Bulldog" is copied in a lot of country's and by lot's of makers. In the USA Forehand & Wadsworth
made them. The Webley British Bulldog was made in calibers ranging from .32 to .45. Mostly centerfire, rimfire examples exist but are scare.
This revolver I bought knowing extra costs for import to the Netherlands needed to be made. Normally that
effort for a gun in this condition is not worth the trouble but I do like the Webley look very much and since the Webley's are mostly center fire they can not be owned freely. Also the combination of a quite small revolver in the large 12mm caliber I do like
A pinfire revolver made like a Webley including the case ejecting system is not seen often and personally I think this one is made as a special order from parts intended to make a normall centerfire copy of the Webley. "Proof" of that I found in
the form of a well done closing of what looks like hole where the firing pin would be when it was a centerfire gun.