What is this percussion revolver?

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A friend has this. The writing is on the butt. Not pictured (top of barrel has Osborne written on it).
 

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Charles Osborne was a manufacturer established in Birmingham, England in 1838. His address at one point was 12-14 Whittall Street. Later he added offices in London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

He could have produced the revolver or possibly sold it through his business. Proof marks would establish this with country of origin.

There is a record in Ancestry.com for a Civil War Veteran named John R. Sheffield from Virginia. If that is the correct spelling for his name on the butt of the revolver, that would be an interesting research project.
 
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Congratulations to your friend. Very nice piece. The script on the butt cap is a triple plus !! Very nice collector piece.
The piece looks similar to the English Adams Patent Revolvers of the same period. Is it double-action ?

Rick
 

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Lot of the English revolvers have the same basic look as the Adams, but the usual Adams revolvers are built with one-piece barrels, top straps, and frames. Given the amount of space behind the trigger and the popularity of double actions in the percussion era in England, it sure looks to be a double action design.
 
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