A presentation Beaumont-Adams patent five shot double action .44 calibre percussion revolver with a Kerr's patent bullet rammer, an octagonal barrel and a chequered wooden grip. It is fitted with a cylinder stop safety catch. " Presented by / The New Zealand Government / to Member Charles Messenger / of the Taranaki Rifle Volunteers / FOR GALLANTRY IN THE FIELD / On the 28 March 1860 / at Waireka New Plymouth / TARANAKI " is engraved on a metal plate fixed to the grip. B17,803 / ADAMS' PATENT No. 33550 R " is marked on the frame and " 33550 " is marked on the cylinder. " L. A. C." is marked on the barrel along with other proof marks. The revolver is held in a custom made presentation case along with various accessories.
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