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Item #38611

Webley Model 1894 WG Army Belonging to Lt. Col. 2nd Lovat Scouts

  • Maker: Webley
  • Model: WG
  • Caliber: .455

  • Description: Serial #8509, .455/.476, 6 barrel with a fine, bright bore that has a small amount of freckling within the grooves. This is a handsome, nickel-plated revolver that has retained 95-97% of the original bright nickel with scattered small handling marks, and a few minor spots of flaking on the barrel near the muzzle. Some mild freckling is present where the finish has flaked as well. The topstrap is marked 'WG' ARMY MODEL on the left side, the Winged Bullet W&S trademark on the left side of the frame, and a P. WEBLEY & SON, LONDON & BIRMINGHAM retailer marking along the top of the barrel rib. The checkered Vulcanite grips are assembly numbered to the gun on the interior (6501), and are in very good shape with some scattered bruises, and minor flattening of the points. The lock-up is still solid and tight, and the action functions flawlessly. The revolver is housed in an oaken traveling case with dark blue baize interior along with: an original sheet metal WG front sight protector, brass cleaning rod, crystal oil bottle, key, and 25 primed, .455 Kynoch cartridge cases. The brass escutcheon on the lid is engraved: FHA / 9L. Frederick Henry Allhusen was born on January 24, 1872 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; the grandson of the Danish-born founder of Newcastle Chemical Works. He secured a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Lancers in 1893, following previous service in the Northumberland Artillery. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1895, and embarked for service in Africa during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. At Magersfontein (December 11 - 12, 1899) he manned a Maxim machine gun, and was mentioned in despatches on March 16, 1900. He took part in several major actions in the Orange Free State including: Paardeberg, Poplar Grove, and Karee Siding; and was entitled to the Queens African Medal with four clasps (Belmont, Modder River, Paardeberg, and Relief of Kimberly). On January 1, 1901, he was promoted to Captain, and became the Adjutant of the Imperial Derbyshire Yeomanry in March of 1903. He was promoted to Major in November of 1906, but retired due to illness the following February. Major Allhusen became associated with Lord Lovat within a year of his retirement, and by 1908, was serving as a Brigade Major in the Lovat Scouts Imperial Yeomanry under Colonel Lord Lovat, CB, DSO. The Lovat Scouts were formed in 1900 as a scouting corps for British forces in the Boer War, and were drawn, in large part, from Scottish Ghillies; gamekeepers skilled in tracking and fieldcraft. They were extremely successful and remained in service after the end of hostilities. Major Allhusen was subsequently appointed Major in the 2nd Lovat Scouts (Territorial Force Yeomanry), and placed in Special Reserve in April of 1915, as Aide-de-Camp to Lord Lovat. Allhusens WW1 service included: Gallipoli (1915), Egypt Expeditionary Force (1916), and finally France and Belgium (1917-1918). He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1916, made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael & St. George on June 2, 1918, and was promoted to Lt. Colonel in the Territorial Force Reserve in 1919. During WW2, Allhusen served on the board of the Buckinghamshire Territorial Army Association, and passed away on January 13, 1957. This is a splendid WG, in excellent overall condition, that was carried by a respected Lancer and Lovat Scout officer, and would make a stellar addition to any collection. Antique