MY WEBLEY PRYSE WILKINSON

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MY WEBLEY PRYSE WILKINSON

Postby fantomark » 27 Jan 2018 19:50

Hi, Everyone!

I have recently reserchead through Armsresearch.co.uk my WEBLEY PRYSE WILKINSON and I must say I was really pleased to discover that its original owner was quite a distinguished chap!

This WPW was presented in October 1878 to Lord Edward Pelham-Clinton; then a Liutenant Colonel in the Rifle Brigade (possibly on the occasion of his being sent to India , where he was sposted when he retired form the Army in 1880).

According to Wikipedia , Clinton became then Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria from 1881 to 1894, then Master of the Household from 1894 until her death. He then reverted to a Groom-in-Waiting under her successor King Edward VII in 1901 and remained in that post until his death.
The gun is in really in pristine condition. I suspect virtually no shooting in his Lordhip's very short active service - and I doubt if he carried his revolver around the palace very much during his life Victoria's court !!!

If anybody should happen to be able and willing to supply any more information, photos, etc about this guy , I would be extremely grateful... I find myself progressively spending less and less of my spare time time at the shooting range and more and more in researching.. definitely a sign of old age coming!!! :lol:

In the meantime, here are some pics of the WPW.

Cheers!

Mark
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Re: MY WEBLEY PRYSE WILKINSON

Postby fantomark » 27 Jan 2018 20:34

I have always been fascinated by Pryse Revolvers, to me the Iconic British revolver of the Zulu war and First Sudan Campaign Era.

Pryse Type revolvers were maufactured nut just by Webley, but also by Braendlin &co, Francotte and other manufacturers, but I have always been a Webley fan, so I am really partial to Pryse revolvers actually made by Webley !!

Pryse revolvers were typically among the favourite weapons of officers serving in the Zulu War (alongside Adams and Tranters) However poor Lt. Melliville's Pryse revolver seems to have dramatically let him down in his ill fated attempt to save the Queen's Color at Isandlwana!
The cylinder retainer of all Pryse revolvers needs only a simple 180° counterclock twist to dismount the cylinder. If the retainer is not fully rotated into the locking position by fully turning the arrow marked release knob until the arrow points fully forward (as shown in the attached photo), the cylinder assembly might be ejected at an inopportune moment!
After crossing the Buffalo river, and exhausted by their strenuous exertions, Melville and Coghill made their famous last stand just below the crest of the ridge overlooking the river. Melville did draw his Pryse revolver , but it was useless. The cylinder had previously fallen out at Isandlwana!! (This was recovered subsequently by Fynn, though it is not clear how he was able to find it anong the shambles of the battlefield, or how he recognised the cylinder as Melville's)
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Re: MY WEBLEY PRYSE WILKINSON

Postby lewwallace » 24 Feb 2018 22:07

M WPW, late 1891. An export to Siam. 476cf
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