Webley and Scott Ltd 1 Inch flare pistol

artefact

With Leather holster

Commonly known as the Very pistol this artefact was manufactured in Birmingham during 1918 by Webley and Scott Ltd and shows slight damage to the rim. Mainly brass with wooden hand grips it is attached to a lanyard that would be connected to the firer to prevent loss. The military proof marks and maker’s marks can be seen. It was introduced in 1914 and was used extensively by British and Empire armed forces during World War 1. This version is the Number 1 Mark III* as it has a bell shaped mouth safety hand guard fitted to the front of the barrel. This was to deter the user from holding his free hand over the muzzle! There is also a safety device whereby it cannot be loaded when the hammer is cocked. It weighs 2 lb 2 oz. and has an overall length of 9.75 inches.

The leather holster was issued during WWII and was manufactured by J D Brooks and Co. Ltd. in 1943. This must mean that the pistol saw action during both World Wars.