Pocket revolver, probably Liege, c1900
Pocket revolver, circa 1900, probably Liege. The Birmingham proof marks used on this revolver ceased to be used after April 1904. Nickel plated round rifled barrel with pillar fore-sight. Birmingham proof marks. Length 5.2cm. Calibre 6mm centre-fire cartridge. Nickel plated steel frame with open top and open loading gate to the right-hand side. The frame forged to incorporate a “birds head” shape grip. Folding trigger. Right side of frame stamped with the crossed swords mark of the Birmingham Proof House indicating that the pistol was deactivated in 1996. 6 shot revolving fluted cylinder, each chamber stamped with Birmingham proof marks. Two-piece walnut grip with central screw fixing. Overall length 13.5cm Used to destroy dogs that were in too poor health when they reached the Battersea Dogs' Home. The 4th Earl, to whom it belonged, was one of the founders.
Marks and inscriptions
Barrel: Birmingham proof marks and deactivation mark