TACK DECORATED Antique Belgian TABATIERE 12 Gauge Single Shot Shotgun
“An admirable Boy’s or Farmer’s Gun”
Here we present a Tack Decorated Tabatiere Breech-Loading Shotgun, frequently known as “Zulu”. The origin of this shotgun is an interesting one. Originally, this was an 1857 French musket. Soon after they converted these muzzleloaders to breech-loaders, using the Snider system, so that they became known as the System 1867. They were used in the Franco-Prussian War in which the French were defeated. By the end of the war, the French decided that the converted muskets were unacceptable and once again updated their arsenals, this time with the 1874 Gras. Being that there was no military use for these surplus guns as they were, a Belgian gunmaker, Bertrand & Fils, had the idea to convert these (for a second time) into shotguns.
The name “Zulu” was probably inspired by the British Colonial Zula War of 1879, around the time period where sales of these guns was at its highest. Imports to the United States were good throughout the end of the 19th Century, until domestic production of single shot shotguns caught up with competitive options. Companies like E.C. Meacham in St. Louis and Sears & Roebuck in Chicago both sold these and marketed them as “an admirable Boy’s or Farmer’s Gun and fills a long-felt want for a good breechloader at a moderate price and uses regular brass or paper shells.” This as the Western portion of the United States was still quite unsettled and need for affordable workhorse firearms was high.
The overall condition is good+. The action is strong all around. Shortened barrel. Mostly bright bore with some spotting. The stock is solid. An attractive little shotgun from the late-19th Century!
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Barrel is 21-3/4 inches.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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