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WESTLEY RICHARDS, LONDON & BIRMINGHAM
A .177 BREAK-ACTION AIR-PISTOL , MODEL 'HIGHEST POSSIBLE', serial no. 1038,
circa 1925, second model, 12in. overall with 9 1/2in. rifled barrel, air cylinder stamped 'WESTLEY RICHARDS "HIGHEST POSSIBLE" AIR PISTOL' on three lines, frame with patent number and date and also marked 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & COY, LONDON W' on two lines, chequered hard-rubber grips, the whole retaining minimal traces of blued finish with some mild pitting

Provenance: Interestingly, this is one of the highest numbers recorded for the standard 'Highest Possible' model. Serial numbers 1034 and 1055 both belong to the much later and rarer concentric piston version which were not produced until the mid 1920's, by speculation long after the production had ceased on the standard model. This pistol may finally be the proof collector's have been seeking that this and the concentric piston model were produced alongside each other, if only for a very short time.

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Estimate £300-500

Pre-1939




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