NEW ENGLISH PATTERN Belgian Pinfire Lefaucheux Pocket Revolver 7.65 Antique
Mid-19th Century FOLDING TRIGGER Conceal/Carry Gun
Here we present an antique Engraved Belgian Liege Proofed Folding Trigger Pinfire Double Action Revolver, made circa the mid-1800s in Liege, Belgium. This medium bore, double action revolver was quite a favorite with Civil War soldiers. It was quite superior in many ways to contemporaneous American designs, most of which were still using the percussion firing system, of which Colt, Remington and Starr were the largest contractors. The biggest exception to that was Smith & Wesson’s No. 2 “Old Army” Revolver, but that was chambered for a relatively small .32 Rimfire metallic cartridge.
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.
The overall condition is very good. Original nickel finish. The action is strong. The bore is patinated with good rifling. There are two screw heads which are marred. The grips are solid.
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Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: 7.65mm Pinfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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