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WEBLEY & SCOTT AG (LIMITED) REVOLVERS: HINGED FRAME, CENTERFIRE

Mark I-V .455 in. " service revolvers are all very similar, with bird's head grip frames and [usually] 4 in. barrels, differing primarily on the mechanism for cylinder removal, types of springs and steel used, and trigger guard and hammer configurations. The last model, the Mk. VI, differed from the earlier marks by having a square grip frame and a 6 in. barrel, though Mks. IV and V can often be found with the longer barrel.
Numerous surplus service Webleys (and Enfields), primarily the square-butt Mk. VI, were converted by U.S. gunsmiths to use .45 ACP ammunition; this will drastically decrease their value to collectors, up to 50% for high condition specimens.
Many commercial examples of service revolvers were privately owned by officers, and individual weapons may be engraved with their owner's name. Revolvers with such an attribution may command a premium of 20%, or more if adequate documentation can be provided to support provenance.
While the production life for the service Mark III was relatively short, the commercial variants were very popular for private purchase, and exhibit some unique features sought after by collectors. Variations, which include a flared butt and/or a half-cock, may bring an additional 30% over service revolvers if in 90%, or better condition.
Shoulder stocks and Pritchard bayonets for Mark VI revolvers were never officially sanctioned accessories and, now, are often faked. Theoretically, shoulder stocks from the Webley 1.5 in. (No.1 Mk. I) signal pistol may have been fitted to the Mk. VI by armorers during World War I, but this procedure was somewhat complicated by requiring the milling of a longitudinal slot at the base of the left grip frame. There is no foolproof way of telling whether a signal pistol stock was fitted to a pistol a hundred years ago, or last week. However, recent "reproductions" of shoulder stocks do not require the slot milled into the revolver's grip frame. Also, during the Great War, the gun-making firm of W.W. Greener produced approximately 200 Pritchard bayonets for private purchase, to fit the Mk. VI revolver. These bayonets had either gunmetal or casehardened steel (very rare) hilts and engraved markings, whereas the markings on today's Pritchards are stamped.

Models (33)

WOODS PATTERN

.450 cal., 6 shot, double action, 5 in. barrel, mfg. circa 1870.

Extreme rarity precludes accurate pricing on this model.

PRYSE PATTERN-WEBLEY NO. 4

.32, .38, .44, .450, .455, .476, or .577 cal., double action revolver, 3 to 5 3/4 in. barrel for Webley mfg., 3 to 7 1/2 barrel for other mfgs. Most barrel ribs were marked with either mfg. or retailer name w/address (most common.), blue or nickel finish. The pattern was designed by Charles Pryse Jr., utilizing his patented innovations and the patented barrel lock with tongs/paddles from the Belgian inventor Philippe Counet. Mfg. by Pryse, Webley, Francotte (Belgium), and other British or Belgian makers, mfg. from 1877 onward. Webley production covered a ser. no range from 364 to 81,035.

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100% 2500
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Cased, engraved, or inscribed examples will also command a premium.
Engraved or (owner) inscribed examples will command a premium.
Period oak display and leather travel cases will command a minimum of $500 premium, depending on condition and accessories.

WEBLEY IMPROVED GOVT.

.455 cal., 5 3/4 in. barrel, 6 shot, bird's head grips, blue or nickel finish, identified as the "Kaufmann" pattern. Mfg. circa early 1880s.

Webley Improved Govt. First Pattern

Kaufmann serial numbers 33-121.

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60% 2500

Webley Improved Govt. Second Pattern

Kaufmann serial numbers 165-1,228.

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Webley Improved Govt. Third Pattern

Kaufmann serial numbers 1,245-1,316.

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WEBLEY IMPROVED GOVT. MODEL 1886

.455 or .476 cal., 6 shot "church steeple" cylinder, 6 in. barrel, bird's head grips, ser. no. range 1,467-1,876. Mfg. circa mid-1880s.

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WEBLEY GOVT. (WG) MODEL 1889

.455 or .476 cal., 6 shot "church steeple" cylinder, 6 in. barrel, flared or bird's head grips, ser. no. range 1,982-3,933. Mfg. late 1880s.

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WEBLEY GOVT. (WG) MODEL 1891

.450 or .476 cal., 6 shot "church steeple" cylinder, 7 1/2 in. barrel, flared grips, ser. no. range 4,100-4,200. Approx. 200 mfg. early 1890s.

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WEBLEY GOVT. (WG) MODEL 1892

.450, .455, or .476 cal., 6 shot "church steeple" cylinder, 7 1/2 in. barrel, flared grips, blue or nickel finish, ser. no. range 4197-6499. Mfg. circa early 1890s.

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100% 3300
98% 2750
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60% 1320

WEBLEY GOVT. (WG) MODEL 1893

.450 or .455 cal., 6 shot "church steeple" cylinder, 7 1/2 in. barrel, flared grips, ser. no. range 5,000-6,000. Mfg. early 1890s.

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WEBLEY GOVT. (WG) MODEL 1894

.450 or .455 cal., 6 shot fluted cylinder, 6 or 7 1/2 (Target Model) in. barrel, bird's head or flared grips, ser. no. range 6,000-10,000. Mfg. early-mid 1890s.

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Target models command 10-20% premium.

WEBLEY GOVT. (WG) ARMY (TARGET) MODEL 1896

.450, .455, or .476 cal., 6 (Army) or 7 1/2 (Target) in. barrel, bird's head (Army) or flared (Target) grips, ser. no. range 10,000-23,000. Mfg. late 1890s.

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Target models command a 10-20% premium.
Cased, engraved, or inscribed examples will command additional premium.

WEBLEY SERVICE (WS) MODEL (WEBLEY W.S. NEW MODEL)

.455 cal., 4, 6, or 7 1/2 (Target) in. barrel, ser. no. range 88,056-454,229. Mfg. early 1900s to 1935.

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Grading Target Model w/accessories
100% 2650
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60% 775

WEBLEY-FOSBERY AUTOMATIC MODELS

.455 cal., 6 shot, hinged frame, 4, 6, or 7 1/2 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, walnut or hard rubber grips, ser. nos. less than 5,000. Mfg. 1901-1924.

Webley-Fosbery Automatic Model First 1901

cylinder release on left frame, ser. nos. under 1,000. Production prior to Dec. 1901.

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Add 20% for earliest guns with hook safety and serial number under 50.

Webley-Fosbery Automatic Model 1902

.38 ACP cal., 8 shot, cylinder release on top strap, ser. no. range is just over 1,000 to just below 1,400, extremely rare. Less than 800 mfg. 1902-1903.

This model is extremely rare and values may exceed 100% of values for the Model 1901.
Original rapid-loaders (moonclips) for this model may fetch $750-$1,000 or more, beware of fakes.

Webley-Fosbery Automatic Model First 1903

.455 cal., 6 shot, large and small frame, cylinder release on top strap, ser. nos. between 1100 and 4930.

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Add 20% for target revolvers.

WEBLEY WILKINSON MODELS

.450/.455, or .455/.476 cal., during production of the Webley No. 4 Model, Webley produced the Wilkinson Models, well-made and finished, which Henry Wilkinson sold through his retail business, barrels were typically 5 3/4 or 6 in., with Target models in 7 1/2 in. Mfg. 1884-1914.

Webley Wilkinson Model First 1884 Small Hinge Pattern

Wilkinson serial numbers 7,896-8,301.

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Webley Wilkinson Model Second 1888 Large Hinge Pattern

Wilkinson serial numbers 8,357-8,741.

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Webley Wilkinson Model 1892

Wilkinson serial numbers 8,788-9,385.

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Webley Wilkinson Model 1900

Wilkinson serial numbers W467-W967.

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Webley Wilkinson Model 1905

Wilkinson serial numbers W1102-W2977.

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Webley Wilkinson Model 1910

transitional model, Wilkinson serial numbers around 3,000. Mfg. 1910 as a transition between 1905 and 1911 models.

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Webley Wilkinson Model 1911

Wilkinson serial numbers 3,104-4,400.

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WEBLEY MARK II POCKET MODEL

.380 cal., 3 or 4 in. barrel, 6 shot, blue or nickel finish, folding trigger, ser. no. range 1-808. Mfg. circa early 1890s.

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WEBLEY MARK III POCKET MODEL .320 CAL.

.320 cal., 3 in. barrel, 6 shot, blue or nickel finish, ser. no. range 10,000-22,000. Mfg. early 1900s.

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WEBLEY MARK III POCKET MODEL .380 CAL.

.380 cal., 3, 4, 6 (Target), or 10 (Target) in. barrel, 6 shot, blue or nickel finish, ser. no. range 1,656-55,627. Mfg. mid-1890s.

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Add a 30% premium on Target models.

.380 WEBLEY REVOLVER (MK III AND MK IV)

.320 or .380 Webley cal., some purchased privately by officers as well as by police forces and security, early Marks by P. Webley & Son, the Mark or designation usually stamped on left side of revolver frame, wood or composition grips. Mfg. by Webley & Scott.

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Grading Engraved/cased
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WEBLEY W.P.

.32 S&W or .320 cal., 2 or 3 in. barrel, 6 shot, hammerless or hammer type, blue or nickel finish, ser. no. range 1000-8527. Mfg. circa early 1900s to mid-1930s.

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WEBLEY MARK IV

.22 LR (scarce), .32 (scarce), .38 S&W, or .380 cal., 3, 4, 5, or 6 (Target) in. barrel, 6 shot, wartime production exceeded 125,000, commercial production approx. 50,000. Mfg. early 1920s to late 1970s.

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Add 75%-100% for .22 LR or .32 cal.
Deduct 20% for Century Arms imports fitted with a hammer block safety. These can be identified with a prominent screw head protruding from the frame below the hammer.

MARK IV (NEW SERVICE)

.38 S&W cal., 5 in. barrel, 6 shot, the model that Enfield used to produce their No. 2 Mk.I .380 revolver, with only minor differences, and differing from the common Mk.IV by having a sideplate. Only a few examples known, but to be on the lookout for.

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