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The figures are rather larger than on prewar 'S' series pistols and the other markings are consistent with a postwar pistol. So essentially your thoughts on this then is that the pistol is actually a post-war later model, with grips that were added by a previous owner rather than manufactured with the gun, and also had the serial number artificially added - assumptively to make the gun appear older?

The black grips, and markings on the side (Webley patents and Oil etc), and also the letter underneath the trigger guard (is it a T or an L? Let me know if this link fails to work by the way, as I've never used this image linking thing, and I'm attempting to link an album rather than one picture. The figures are rather larger than on prewar 'S' series pistols and the other markings are consistent with a postwar pistol. I think this is a Birmingham 4 Senior that has been retrospectively stamped with the 'S' plus 6 digits number - perhaps an import number or similar rather that a true Webley factory stamping.

I'd just appreciate any new information on this pistol, as it's a lovely piece. Hi and welcome to the BBS, yes it sounds like you have a prewar senior made from 1935 to about 1939, it should have brown grips without Webley logo on them, so yours are later ones, and the barrel is from a later model as it should be without knurling, hope this helps Good evening to you all.

I'm hoping someone in the know can help me with this.

He brought it to show me and yes it's marked Quakenbush. My instinct tells me that this is probably not a deliberate attempt to deceive (or if it was, it was half-hearted), because even if the person adding the numbers wasn't sure how many were made, choosing a number near 200,000 would seem unlikely!

Then again, it looks very like an attempt to copy the prewar serial number format.

It's definitely 6 digits, 7 with the letter S included. The last three of those digits also match the three near the tip of the barrel as they're supposed to: 258 I need to upload a couple of snaps I think. It would be interesting to see some pics, particularly of the markings and serial number.

As Garvin points out, the number mentioned sounds like it has 1 digit too many.

I'm hoping someone in the know can help me with this.