ENGRAVED, IVORY GRIPPED European Antique PINFIRE REVOLVER Double Action
Liege Proofed Mid-19th European Sidearm
Here we present an antique Belgian Pinfire Double Action Revolver, made circa 1850. In 1830, notable gun maker and inventor Casimir Lefaucheux invented the pinfire cartridge and patented it in 1835 to become one of the first self-contained firearms cartridges. This very early design included a case with ball, powder and primer, but what made it different from what was to come later in cartridge development was the “firing pin” that projected out of the side of the case. It was this pin that was struck and detonated the primer inside. His son, Eugene, would build on Casimir’s invention, designing a pistol to take advantage of it. The hammer would be flat and smash down on the side of the cylinder, from which the pin of the cartridge would project. This revolver and pistol design would become prolific, especially in Europe throughout the 19th Century, being adopted by militaries, used by civilians and police, and even being sold for use during the American Civil War. Many makers made both licensed and unlicensed copies.
This one features very nice, deep-set floral engraving throughout. The grips are of ivory. There is a large half-moon front sight that probably replaced a much smaller bead or post.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong all the way around. The bore is in good shape. All markings are clear and sharp. The floral engravings are elaborate and defined. Both grips remain in fine shape and are seated firmly. A gorgeous piece of European history!
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Barrel is 4 inches.
Caliber: 11mm Pinfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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