A Webley Fosbery Model 1902
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Cal. .38 Auto, Nr. 1020, Bright bore drop barrel, length 6". Cylinder for eight rounds. Proof mark. From the 2nd production batch with the numbers 1020 - 1029 manufactured in May 1903. Barrel rib signed "Webley & Scott Ltd London & Birmingham.", frame bridge marked "Webley Fosbery", on the frame ".38 Automatic". Wing safety marked "Safe". The left side of the barrel and frame additionally marked "93/668" which is an indication for the inventory of this revolver in the IMI collection (Imperial Metal Industry = parent company of Kynoch) at the time. Unknown heraldic shield marked "194" on the left side of the barrel. Original bluing, thinner on the left side of the barrel edges, partially with minute spots also on the left side of the frame and under the trigger guard. Cylinder with rotation marks. Dark walnut grip panels with fine chequering. Lanyard ring.
A total of 417 revolvers were produced until 1904. At the beginning of WW1 71 pieces were recalibred to cal. .455. The last batch of this revolver with the serial numbers 1356 - 1499 were also recalibred to cal. .455. Cf. among others Bruce, W & S Automatic Pistols, p. 57 and Dowell, Webley-Story S. 132, plate 55c.
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Condition: I - II