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Old 08-11-2017, 05:22 PM
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I received a Letter of Authenticity from S&W for my .455 Triple Lock which states that the revolver was one of 808 units of this model supplied to the British through Remington-UMC. It was shipped by S&W to Rem. UMC on October 21, 1914. My question, is it possible to trace its history of use by the British Military? If so who would I contact? Thank you for your response.
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Possibly.

Google British military historians. They may help you using the serial #.

The unit stamps on the gun will help you the most.

These links on this forum may help ID unit stamps usually on lower right side front frame or on back strap.


The variations of the British Service revolver stampings seem almost endless.

The 455s can have Import, Proof, and Export stamps; just one or up to all three. The export stamps especially vary with the period in which they were done due to British changes in stamping requirements over the years, and when the guns were exported from the UK; also whether or not they moved thru official channels.

We also find 455 revolvers which were not initially sold to the British military, but originally sold on the commercial market and only later entered military service.

These links are to threads that will help you with the various non-factory stampings on your 455:

Google images and definitions of British marks:
british proof marks - Bing images


Identify Hand Ejector Birmingham Marks - in the S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 section of Smith & Wesson Forum.

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You have a type 1 of the three versions of 455 production.
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Thank you Jim for the information and the links!
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