A fine cased Webley “WG” Target .450 revolver with a 7 ½” barrel. Retaining virtually all of its original finish cased in its original case.
Webley records confirm that it was sold by Webley & Scott Ltd on the 13th January 1905 and the purchaser was The Army & Navy Co-Op Stores Limited, 105 Victoria Street, London. They in turn sold it via their Johannesburg depot to Officer Commanding the South African Light Horse on the 16th January 1905 for £5-10-0. The ledger mentions a special foresight.
Included with the set is a Union of South Africa FREE LICENCE TO POSESS AN ARM for this pistol issued to John Ashton Dickenson on 16th July 1937
The South African Light Horse regiment of the British Army were raised in Cape Colony in 1899 and disbanded in 1907.
The commanding officer tasked with raising the regiment was Major (locally a Lieutenant Colonel) the Honourable Julian Byng (10th Hussars) who would go on to rise to the rank of Field Marshal.
The future Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill served as a lieutenant in the SALH from January to July 1900.