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I inherited this old Revolver from my grandfather. I've never seen or heard anything about this revolver till I received it yesterday. There is zero paperwork. The firearm has no Make, Model, Serial Number or anything that notes what caliber it is. Any details I can receive would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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One proof looks a little like an 1879 St. Etienne proof, if I squint, and the other looks like a Viennese 1891 proof if I squint. Is it possible to get a closer look at the proofs?

It is clearly a riff on the Smith Model 2, but pretty much every European nation, enclave, exclave, establishment and disestablishment, the more industrialized chunks of South and Central America (Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, and Mexico), and most of the gunmakers in America made copies too.

Copies were made from 1876 until World War 2 broke out.

I've never seen one like this, however. It has several unique features. Usually "unique" means Eibar or Belgium, but when it came to top breaks, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Argentina and various Germanic autonomous regions did some kooky things, too.

Without a closeup of the proofs, I don't really have a place to start.

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The C&Rsnel vudeo about Tranter revolvers addresses Birmingham Arms industry.
This revolver was Proofed in Birmingham and is from the Birmingham Arms community that I hope this video may be insightfull.

The Gun Quarter is a district of the city of Birmingham, England, which was for many years a centre of the world's gun-manufacturing industry, specialising in the production of military firearms and sporting guns. It is an industrial area to the north of the city centre, bounded by Steelhouse Lane, Shadwell Street and Loveday Street.

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Birmingham Proof House was built in 1813, then one of only two such proof houses in England, the other being in London. The building was managed by a consortium of the town's gun traders, its purpose being to ensure that the guns manufactured in the area were safe for use. It is still in use.The number of firms in Birmingham's gun industry was 125 in 1815, 455 in 1829 (two-thirds of these in the Gun Quarter), and by 1868 there were 578 gun firms in the city. The trade employed 2,867 people in 1851, out of a total of 7,731 in the whole of England and Wales.
"Gun-makers" did not usually manufacture the parts for their guns or even assemble them: in keeping with the traditional nature of Birmingham's manufacturing industries, parts were manufactured by independent specialist sub-contractors and assembled by "fabricators" or "setters-up", the "makers" commissioning and marketing the completed guns. In the late 18th and early 19th century, barrels were mainly manufactured outside the quarter (in Aston, Deritend, Smethwick and West Bromwich), and locks were mainly sourced from the Black Country, but other parts were usually manufactured and assembled within the Quarter. In the late 19th century, Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham listed more than fifty specialist trades involved in gun manufacture, "till late years most of them being carried on under different roofs"


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