ID’ed ZULU WAR Brit OFFICER’S Webley .320 Revolver
Guns International #: 101259021 Seller's Inventory #: 8722
Category: Webley Revolvers - Military Revolvers - Non-US

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ID’ed ZULU WAR Brit OFFICER’S Webley .320 Revolver

1870s Personal Sidearm of Capt. R.F. Wrench

Here we present an antique Webley & Son .320 Revolver, Belonging to Captain Robert Frank Wrench of the Natal Native Contingent, Veteran of the Zulu War, made circa the 1870s in Birmingham, England. This revolver is retailer marked and was sold by W. Watson & Son of 313 High Holborn St. in London, England. Watson primarily dealt in optical instruments such as microscopes and binoculars, science equipment, and evidently firearms. Incidentally, Holborn is also where Robert Wrench was born (April 28, 1856) and raised. Wrench entered the service and is recorded as being a lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion 1st Regiment of Natal Native Contingent by November 25, 1878, at the age of 22. He was promoted to Captain on April 26, 1879, just 3 months after the Battle of Isandlwana in which the Zulus wiped out 1,300 on the British side. Wrench is listed among those volunteers who rode out in the aftermath.

Robert embarked on SS Iberia on 3rd March 1885 as a Lieutenant in C Company and returned to Australia on SS Arab on 23rd June 1885 as part of the Contingent of New South Wales Infantry for the Sudan. He was also entitled to the Egypt medal with the clasp Suakin 1885 and the Khedive’s star. A note on the roll stated “Disbanded July 1885” and the address as Brigade Office Sydney. Robert, his wife, and son went to live in England in about 1877. In the 1890s, records show that he was working as a Customs official (acting tide surveyor) in Shanghai, China, his time overlapping with the Boxer Rebellion. His son Ronald would go on to join the British Army and fight during World War I as a gunner.

The overall condition is fine. 30% of the original blue finish remains. The markings are clear and legible. The checkered hardwood grips are in great shape. The bore is fine, very shiny with strong rifling. The action is excellent. What a fantastic bit of British history here!

Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.

Barrel is 3 inches.

Caliber: .320 Webley

Overall condition as seen in photos.

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Price: $2,050.00

Antique: Yes