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revolver, percussion

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  • Other titles
    • Deane Harding five chamber percussion revolver (full name)
    • Ensign Edward McKenna VC, 65th Regiment, NZ Wars (associated name)
  • Description
    Deane Harding double action five shot revolver (cased) that belonged to the Late Ensign McKenna VC, 65th Regiment.

    .1 revolver: five-shot; double action; solid frame; percussion; .440 inch calibre; wooden grips
    markings: maker’s name on lock: “DEANE & SON, LONDON BRIDGE”; London proof & view marks on cylinder and barrel; serial number on cylinder and frame “6837 L”
    .2 case: wooden case; internal compartments lined with green baize; brass hinges and metal lockplate; printed paper label inside lid: LARGE STOCK OF SECOND HAND / SILVER PLATE, JEWELLS, ETC / [Royal Coat of Arms with HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE] / EDWARD WHISTLER / Gun & Pistol Repository / 11 Strand Trafalgar Square / Directly opposite the Golden Cross Hotel / NEW & SECOND HAND GUNS BY THE MOST APPROVED / London Makers / GUNS ETC. BOUGHT OR TAKEN IN EXCHANGE
  • Place
  • Other Number
    12702, W1437
  • Accession date
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
revolver, deane harding and case
revolver, deane harding and case


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, W1437
  • Notes
    Deane Harding double action five shot revolver that belonged to Ensign Edward McKenna VC, 65th Regiment

    Ensign Edward McKenna, 65th Regiment
    Born in Leeds, 15 February 1827, Edward McKenna enlisted with the 65th Regiment in 1854. He served in Australia and New Zealand and was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during an incident that occurred near Cameron Town on 7 September 1863. He was a Colour-Sergeant at the time and was subsequently promoted as an Ensign.
    "On 7 September 1863 near Camerontown, New Zealand, after both his officers had been shot, Colour-Sergeant McKenna, with a small force, heavily outnumbered by the enemy, charged through their position with the loss of one man killed and one missing. The colour-sergeant's coolness and intrepidity amply justified the confidence placed in him by the soldiers brought so suddenly under his command."

    While in New Zealand Edward McKenna married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gordon, also of the 65th Regiment. When the regiment returned to England Edward took his discharge in New Zealand, and took up employment with the Railways Department.He died in Palmerston North on 8 June 1908
  • Event
    New Zealand Wars
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1863 to 31 December 1863
  • Production
    Deane & Son (gunmaker)
    Edward Whistler (retailer)
    LondonEnglandUnited KingdomEurope
    Circa 1859
    New Zealand Wars, wars
  • Consists of
    • .1 - revolver › steel
      .1 revolver: steel, wood .2 case: wood, wool baize, brass, metal
    • .1 - revolver › wood
    • .2 - case › wood
    • .2 - case › brass (alloy)
  • Dimensions
    0 - Whole calibre : 11.2mm
    (calibre: .440 inch)
  • Classification
  • Classification Documents
    Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
    A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. (Other Title)
    Robert Chenhall
    Nashville/Tennessee/USA  (Place of Publication)  (nomenclature)
  • Record created
    20 May 2003

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