Cased 54 Bore Adams Revolver
A good cased 54 Bore Adams revolver. The pistol retains most of its original finish although there is a small rust patch on the barrel as shown in the pictures. Cased with all its accessories including oil bottle, cap tin, flask, mould, turnscrew, nipple key and cleaning rod. A nice example. For further information please call.
Robert Adams (1810–1870) was a 19th-century British gunsmith who patented the first successful double-action revolver in 1851. His revolvers were used during the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, the U.S. Civil War, and the Anglo-Zulu War.
Adams was the manager for the London arms manufacturers George & John Deane. On August 22, 1851, he was granted a British patent for a new revolver design.
The .436 Deane and Adams was a five-shot percussion (cap-and-ball) revolver with a spurless hammer, and the first revolver with a solid frame. The revolver used a double-action only system in which the external hammer could not be cocked by thumbing it back, like most other pistols of the era, but instead cocked itself when the trigger was pulled. This made it possible to fire the gun much more rapidly than contemporary single-action revolvers, such as the Colt, which had to be cocked before each shot.
Deane and Adams’ revolver was shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and subsequently approved by the British Army’s Small Arms Committee in addition to being adopted by the East India Company for use by their cavalry. Orders for the revolver were great enough to prompt the Deane brothers to make Adams a partner in their firm, which became Messrs. Deane, Adams, and Deane.