Beaumont Adams Revolver
The Beaumont Adams revolver of 1855 is significant as this was the first true double action revolver to be produced in commercial quantities. This 442 caliber percussion Beaumont-Adams revolver was made by the London Armory Company and marketed by J & W. Wood of Manchester. It has an approx. 5 5/8″ octagon barrel marked on the top flat J & W WOOD 74 KING ST MANCHESTER. All metal is blue with approximately 95% remaining. The cylinder has a small area of light roughness where it lay in the case and the trigger guard is turning brown. The right side of the frame is marked B16,236/ADAMS’ PATENT. No. 31909. R. The cylinder is marked 31909/R. The barrel left oblique flat is marked LAC/crown circle P proof/crown/V proof. Each chamber of the cylinder is inspected with a crown/V.
The right frame barrel lump has a crown over LA/C logo in a shield. The grips are excellent with fine checkering and no chips or cracks. The action functions perfectly. Included in the case are the correct two-cavity mold marked with a crown over an oval reading REGISTERED ADAMS with 28 Nov./1851 inside that. It is also marked 54 which is the bore designation (.442). Also included in the case are an excellent Dixon bag flask, a C & J.W. Hawksley marked oil bottle, a screwdriver, a small leather bag containing a cap tin with the Ely tin label on the front of the bag, and several bullets. The case partitions are intact with a few areas of wear and the oak case is very good with no cracks or chips and a well-fitted lid. This is a super cased Beaumont-Adams revolver that is fit for the finest collection.