Webley No 1 .442 cal RIC revolver by Rosiers, Melbourne
A police, military and civilian sidearm, popular in the English colonies in the 1880’s
This particular pistol was retailed by James Rosier, Melbourne around 1880. James W Rosier sold firearms from different locations in the central city between 1864 and 1894.
It is engraved with Rosier’s Elizabeth Street address (Rosier operated here between 1870 and 1888) and features a six-shot non-fluted cylinder and 113mm barrel with one-piece, diamond-chequred English walnut grips and lanyard ring. The overall finish is very good and the pistol retains a high degree of earlier re-blueing. The frame is marked “WEBLEY’S R.I.C. No.1 .442 CF” and stamped with the Webley & Scott winged bullet insignia. This model was originally developed by W&S Birmingham, for the Royal Irish Constabulary and was popular due to its large calibre and relatively compact size.
For English revolver collectors, this is a classic item for the portfolio.