A scarce English Harvey patent .45 cal percussion revolver.
An interesting example of a hammerless transitional revolver.
Engraved “Harvey ‘s Patent 4024 Breech Loading Revolving Pistol” , it was designed and patented in 1853 and 1854 by William J Harvey, an Exeter (UK) gunmaker and son of John Harvey who practiced as a gumaker in Exeter from 1796 until 1851. William J Harvey continued the family business until 1873.
This is a heavy “Man Stopper” with acanthus foliate engraved iron frame, backstrap, guard and recoil shield; with an overall grey patina with fine pitting and chequered walnut grips with sterling silver escutcheon. The unfluted cyylinder is stamped with Birmingham inspection marks.
This model is not often seen outside private collections and is an important example of the evolving technology that within a few short years produced streamlined and efficient revolvers such as the Colt and Remington Army single-action percussion pistols.