A nice British Bull Dog in .450CF
This is another nice transitional style British Bull Dog revolver made by Webley. It features the long grip and fluted cylinder of the later styles but retains the earlier flat head extractor rod finial. The revolver is marked on the top strap with "THE BRITISH BULL DOG" and on the left frame with "Webley's No.2 .450CF" over the W&S flying bullet trademark and the serial No. 63259. The revolver is not retailer marked.
Research into Webley's British Bull Dog revolvers indicates that serial numbers were used in blocks rather than in a continuous sequence. The earliest examples from around 1872 - 1876 are in the 20,000 to 25,000 block. Then the serial range jumps to the 50,000 to 55,000 range from 1877 to 1880. From about 1881 the serial numbers became much smaller and it appears two ranges were used concurrently, one with serials from 600's through to 1600's, the other from 4000 to the 4600's. This continued through to mid 1884 when Bulldogs in the 60,000's appeared which continued through to the low 100,000's by 1914.