A Cased 54 Bore Beaumont Adams Percussion Revolver, Inscribed to O. R. MIDDLETON ESQ 4TH KINGS OWN, Circa 1857, serial no. 24,278R, with 5 1/2 in. London proofed octagonal barrel top flat inscribed with original owners name 'O. R. MIDDLETON ESQ, 4TH KINGS OWN', borderline engraved frame also marked 'ADAMS PATENT NO 24,278R B 8024', the licence numbers for both the Adams and Beaumont patents, and fitted with Kerr's patent rammer, five shot cylinder engraved with the Adams patent no '24,278R', chequered one piece flared walnut grips with domed oval case coloured butt-cap, the revolver is contained in its original purple velvet lined and partitioned oak case, the lid escutcheon inscribed 'O. R. MIDDLETON / ESQ / 4TH KINGS OWN', accessories include an Adams double cavity mould bearing the retailers name 'REILLY, OXFORD ST LONDON', Dixon bag shaped flask, cleaning rod, nipple key and oil bottle, the revolver retains much charcoal blue from a period refinish probably after the owners name was added, the case lining with some wear and staining, but good
The original owner of this revolver was Lt. Colonel Oswald Middleton, who joined the 4th in 1857 as Ensign, promoted Lieutenant in 1858, Captain 1866, served in South African campaign (Zulu War) 1879 became Brevet Major 1879, Major 1880, Lt. Colonel 1882, then Colonel 1887. The revolver comes with a folder of research material relating the Colonel Middleton including a selection of photos of him on his own, with fellow officers and his wife. His uniforms and medals are in the Kings Own Regiment Museum in Lancaster. Revolvers with provenance to an original owner are exceptionally rare.
Bore: 54 Bore
Barrel Length: 5.75 Inches (14.60 cm)
Overall Length: 12 Inches (30.48 cm)