CRIMEAN WAR DEANE ADAMS Patent .50 CALIBER Revolver LONDON, ENGLAND Antique
Early Double Action Percussion Purchased by Officers
Here we present an antique Deane, Adams, & Deane Double Action Revolver in .50 Caliber, made circa 1851-56. This revolver holds 5 shots of .50 Caliber and, while large, does not feel heavy or bulky in the hand. It features a relatively low bore axis and double action only functionality designed for combat. It has a simple notch rear sight built into the solid frame as well as an adjustable dovetailed front sight post. It also has a cap trap in the pommel of the grip.
Robert Adams is credited with patenting the first successful double action revolver in 1851. The Adams revolvers were initially double action only. They were well-received among professionals in the 1850s and served with the British East India Company, with British military officers, and were eventually popular among officers in the South during the American Civil War in the early 1860s, imported from Europe.
From 1853-1856 Adams Revolvers saw use by the British during the Crimean War. One quote from a soldier who was there is impossible to leave out. Writing to Robert Adams he said, “I had one of your largest sized Revolver Pistols at the bloody battle of Inkermann, and by some chance got surrounded by the Russians. I then found the advantages of your pistol over that of Colonel Colt’s, for had I had to cock before each shot I should have lost my life. I should not have had time to cock, as they were too close to me, being only a few yards from me; so close that I was bayoneted through the thigh immediately after shooting the fourth man.” Also, during the Crimean War, an officer by the name of Lt. Frederick E. B. Beaumont of the Royal Engineers made design improvements which allowed the shooter to fire in single action in addition to double action, and let Adams utilize his patents. This was the precursor of the action that we still prefer to use today in our modern defensive revolver! A spur and cocking notches were added to the hammer. Demand for these new and improved Beaumont-Adams Revolvers was so great that he contracted with a few different firms to make them, including prolific and distinguished arms manufacturer Auguste Francotte of Liege, Belgium.
The overall condition is good+. This is a gun that was very clearly used much in its day, while still being kept in good working order. You can see from the wear on the engraving and the rest of the markings that it was handled and in and out of holsters. The most prominent original markings are the London proofs on the cylinder chambers. Original finish/patina. The action is excellent. The bore is patinated with good rifling. The grip remains solid, though you can also observe use there, and a small chip at the point of the left side. This is a wonderful piece of history whether you are interested in firearms technology, the Crimean War, or the American Civil War. It feels like it has seen some things.
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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