Revolver, Cased Model 1868 Type I Pistol by William Tranter, Double Action
Presented to: "Dr. Earle from J.A.F. and W.K.F"
Five-shot double-action with extractor under barrel, octagonal sighted barrel, grooved top strap; border engraved solid frame, casehardened plain cylinder with proof; hinged loading-gate and cartridge ejector. The one piece walnut grip is finely checkered and features a rounded butt with cap. Tranter's Patent markings are found on the left side of the frame and on the left side of the ejector arm; "320" (European caliber) is marked upside down on the upper left barrel flat. The barrel flat is also marked "WT" over "2"; barrel and cylinder marked "67". This pistol features standard front blade and frame notch rear sights. The pistol remains is excellent condition, mechanically tight and smooth; Barrel and frame retain approximately 50-% blue, else mottled plumb-brown and gray; cylinder displays some casehardening color. The trigger-guard, strap and butt cap are smoky gray speckles with brown. The English style fitted case is inlayed with a brass coin-like device with gadrooned edge; engraved with presentation; top panel is fastened with brass screws; overall very good condition including baize lined interior. Within the case is a James Dixon oiler bottle, an appropriate wood handle screwdriver and a cleaning rod. (Dr. Earle (1809-1892), Dr. Pliny Earle was born in Leicester, Massachusetts and was educated at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine; he was founder of the America Medical Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane, and the New England Psychological Society. Dr. Earle, also a poet and distinguished citizen died in Northampton, Massachusetts. We note that we have yet to find documentation that directly ties the set to Pliny Earle.)