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Colt revolver owned by Wills

Metal with wooden handle, 19.5cm (overall length)
Pictures Collection, H15352

This revolver belonged to Wills, who gave it to Burke as he lay dying.  It was later found in Burke's hand by Howitt. The barrel was originally longer, but was cut down in 1944 when the gun was stolen from a display case at the Library. It was eventually recovered by the police.