.450CF caliber, 4.75" barrel, S/N 1581. Blued finish, checkered walnut grips with lanyard ring in butt. Double-action, top-break, 6-shot revolver with Counet / Pryse -style frame release levers. Topstrap engraved LONDON ARMOURY JAs KERR & Co 54 KING WILLIAM ST EC. London commercial proof marks on barrel and between the cylinder chambers, but the presence of a *X Liege controllers mark on the barrel reveals the revolver likely originated in the Belgian trade and was simply retailed by Kerr. Thus, although strongly resembling an English Webley-Pryse, it is really a Counet pattern Belgian revolver.
James Kerr was a principle in the London Armoury Company that failed in 1866 after the conclusion of the American Civil War and the loss of their primary client, the southern Confederacy, who also defaulted on a large amount of monies owed to the firm. Later reorganized as London Armoury LTD, Kerr continued to trade on the old name to promote his business. The revolver is contained in an English oak retailer casing with sectionalized compartments, lined in burgundy baize with a 36-hole cartridge storage area, a partition with a cleaning rod and a small partition with a glass oil bottle. The casing includes a James Kerr & Co. paper label inside the lid that again references his involvement with the failed London Armoury Company. Kerr was located at the 54 King William Street address circa 1868-1894 (Stockel).
Very good. Retains much of of the thinning blue with clear markings and scattered surface oxidation and some light surface roughness. Mechanically functional, fine bore with some scattered oxidation. Grip crisp with some light handling marks. Casing with some interior and exterior wear, about good overall, hinges weak, interior with some repairs. Accessories good to very good.