Item number : UK WEB MF R7007 Abrahams
Origin : England
Style : MULTI FUNTION TOOL
Gauge : 12
Functions : Cartridge closing and re- capping
Suitable for pinfire : Yes
Maker : P. WEBLEY & SON, London and Birmingham
Markings : “H. Abrahams & Co, MELBOURNE, 12”on press lever
Biggest length : 250 mm
Height : 125 mm
Weight : 811 grams
Press lever : Steel lever no 6 with movable shell holder. With black painted wooden handle.
Turning lever : Green painted steel lever with black painted wooden handle
Closing cup : Internal brass
Cartridge pusher : Yes, original
Barrel : Full barrel
Materials body : Brass
Paint : Repainted
Table clamp : Top oval with 6 cross wise ribs.
Screw has round top with 4 flat pins. Webley distinctive
Stabilizer : None
Condition : Good
Repairs : Screw for hinge press lever looks replaced..3
This is unmistakeably a Webley tool R 7007 although there is not a catalogue number stamp. This tool looks even more like the catalogue drawing, with even the (de-)capper at the right side. More Webley tools were made for third parties
- Abrahams & Co., Gunmakers, Melbourne, Victoria
Melbourne gun dealership, disgraced after two court cases in the early 1890s following the discovery that they were fraudulently stamping cheap Belgian and lower grade firearms with well-known brands such as Hollis & Hollis and W.W. Greener.
Frontal and profile portraits of the four sons of Henry Abrahams (died 1886) can be found in the prison registers held at the Public Records Office of Victoria.
Medley Hall (University of Melbourne, Drummond St, Carlton), formerly ‘Benvenuta’ was the family home, before having to be sold by the four brothers’ mother, Leah Abrahams nee Solomon, to cover the costs of the court case.
Trade addresses as a gun dealer taken from Sands & McDougall directories up until 1900 are:
Abrahams, H.: 182-184 Elizabeth St (1886, 1888); 182 Elizabeth St (1887); 326 Elizabeth St (1889).
Abrahams, H., & Co.: 316 Elizabeth St (1890); 320 Elizabeth St (1891-1895); 129 Elizabeth St (1894-1895); 316 Elizabeth St (1897-1899).