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Item #39073

Published Tranter Saloon Pistol Belonging to Capt. Coldstream Guards

  • Maker: Tranter
  • Model: Saloon Pistol
  • Caliber: .320

  • Description: Serial #54524, .320 CF, 7 1/2 octagon barrel with a very good, bright bore that has some dark areas of pitting about halfway down. This is a late model pistol with automatic extractor, and is retailer marked along the barrel top flat: J. VENABLES & SON ST. ALDATES OXFORD. The metal retains 90-95% of the original bright blue finish, with silvering along the raised edges, and some gray fading on the rear of the frame around the grip juncture. The frame has the usual Tranter football marking on the right side, and minimal rosette engraving around the sideplate screw on both sides. The checkered walnut grip has small handling marks and blemishes scattered about, with sharp checkering points, and the action lock-up is still tight, without any lateral play. The pistol is housed in an original oaken traveling case with nay baize-lined interior and J. Venables paper label (which is almost entirely intact). The pistol comes with a pewter oil bottle and steel and brass cleaning rod, and the lid has a carved identification: AL / AUDLEY LOVELL / Audley Lovell / 1876. Peter Audley David Arthur Lovell was born on December 10, 1857 at Bath, and joined the Royal Montgomeryshire Infantry Militia at Welchpool as a Sub-Lieutenant in March of 1877. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards on February 22, 1879, and was promoted to Lieutenant on July 1, 1881. The following year served with the 2nd Battalion in the Egyptian War of 1882 and was present at both Tel-el Mahuta and Tel-el-Kebir, winning the Egyptian Medal with clasp and Khedives Star. Following this, he was appointed Signal Officer on the staff of Colonel the Honourable Paul Methuen, commanding the Portsmouth Marching Column, and took part in the naval maneuvers at Milford Haven on August 16, 1886. In its write-up of the following day, the Manchester Courier & Lancashire General Advertiser said: An excellent system of signaling had been inaugurated by a body of 24 non-commissioned officers and men of the Grenadier and Coldstream Guards under the command of Lieut. Lovell, Coldstream Guards, Director of Signaling of the Home District. He was promoted to Captain in December of 1889, and retired in 1895. He was a reserve officer in England through the Boer War, a Justice of the Peace and Deputy-Lieutenant for Wiltshire, High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire, and was a shareholder in the Great Western Railway. Lovell died on April 24, 1909. This is the very gun pictured and described on pg. 156 through 159 of Tranter Cartridge Firearms by Black, Guerin & Michaud; (2007), and would make a splendid addition to any collection of Tranter handguns. Antique