S&W 1st Model .22LR, with eight inch barrel.
The barrel is marked Cogswell & Harrison Ltd 226 Strand London
The serial number of the single shot pistol is 15542
There are what appear to be British proof marks, on the right side plate and on the underside of the barrel.
The grip appears to be a pewter-like metal.
From Cogswell & Harrison, in England:
Our archive records contain details of the handmade shotguns and rifles made in-house by Cogswell & Harrison over the past 150 years. However, no records survive of conversions to handguns or any type of weapon originating from another company. It may well be that these conversions were not archived at all.
Thousands of weapons including a large number of S&Ws were converted by C&H between the wars in fact the company was commissioned by the British Government to seek out, convert and supply as many rifles and handguns as possible during WW2 and for a time, the activity of building handmade sporting shotguns was suspended for the war effort.
Some conversions were done privately, but we have no way of knowing how many or what was done to them. The C&H address was stamped on the weapons C&H converted. 226 Strand was applicable from 1882 to 1928. GR stands for Georgius Rex (King George).
Best Wishes from Cogswell & Harrison.
This gun was manufactured by Smith & Wesson:
- .22 LR (862 mfg.), .32 S&W (229 mfg.), or .38 S&W (160 mfg.) cal., 6, 8, or 10 in. barrel marked "Model of 1891", blue or nickel, hard rubber extension grips, single action trigger. 1,251 mfg. 1893-1905, ser. range (same as Third Model 38 Single Action) 1-28,107. Serial number is located on the front strap.
To FFL only.
I will pay my FFL, then charge shipping at cost.
Three day return at your expense.