Rare Factory Engraved Tranter Model 1868
This rare and excellent William Tranter  Model 1868 in .450 Boxer is marked "Tranter's Patent" on the left side of the frame and "COGSWELL & HARRISON, 142 NEW BOND ST. LONDON on top of the 6 inch barrel. Tranter was one of the most successful English gun makers of the 19th century and ran the largest, most modern arms factory in Birmingham at the time. He had several patents of his own, but most of his hand guns were based on the Adams designs. Cogswell & Harrison, established in 1770 is the oldest surviving gunmaker in the UK to this day. This gun retains about 80% original blue on the barrel, and about 50% on the frame which is thinning in places. The cylinder was kept "in the white" and has turned a brown patina over time. The action is crisp and accurate both in single and double action. Sharp, fine factory engraving on the frame, barrel lug, butt cap and trigger guard. Excellent, finely checkered walnut grips with all original varnish. This is the finest Tranter I have ever had. SN# 59885, rated excellent overall.
$2,500

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