21 May 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 875
GBP 700 - GBP 900
A 60-BORE PERCUSSION SIX-SHOT SELF-COCKING TRANSITIONAL REVOLVER SIGNED POWELL
With signed blued octagonal sighted barrel engraved at the breech, retained by a wedge and with engraved blued sprung rammer fitted beneath, border-engraved cylinder, engraved case-hardened frame and bar-hammer, hinged trap-cover engraved with a flowerhead, chequered walnut grips, engraved trigger-guard, and some original finish, London proof marks.
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