PEPPERBOX Cased ENGRAVED, Ivory MEYERS BREVETE 7mm Pinfire Revolver Antique
Stately Folding Trigger with ANTIQUE IVORY GRIPS
Here we present an antique Meyers Brevete Belgian Pinfire Pepperbox Revolver, made in Belgium circa 1870. Guillaume Joseph Meyers was registered in Liege in the 1860s and 1870s and was granted seven patents between 1866 and 1879.
In 1835, notable gun maker and inventor Casimir Lefaucheux patented 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. Fine floral scrollwork on the cylinder and frame. All six bores are mostly bright with a spot of pitting or two. Both ivory grip panels are in fine shape and remain seated firmly. This is a very attractive European pepperbox revolver in a fitted case!
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Barrel is 2 inches.
Caliber: 7mm Pinfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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