Some of the most beautiful work of this craftsman, and many others, are in this book “Liège Gunmakers through their Work. 1800 - 1950”.
For more detail see: LIEGE GUNMAKERS
It is about a shotgun of the type LEFAUCHEUX conceived to draw cartridges with pin. The juxtaposed unrifled bores seem to be of gauge 15 (17.6 mm). The trigger guard with volutes recovers two curved triggers. The two hammers are with head punt. The buttplate "on return" is engraved as most other metal parts.
The weapon presents the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, that is to say:
ELG* in a vertical oval: final acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.
Little Step: inspection, of use of 1853 to our days.
EL in English letters: provisional test, of use of 1852 to our days.
17.6: gauge in mm, could correspond to gauge 15!
The weapon also carries the following marks:
AL BERNARD BREVETE (PATENTS): only one Bernard Al of Liege appearing in documentation appoints the agent of a Belgian patent in 1855 for a new Damas applicable to the barrels of weapons of luxury and Damas known as "allongé" (lengthened). Would it be thus here the manufacturer of barrels of rifles and not the manufacturer of the weapon which remains anonymous?
AB crowned in a vertical oval: trademark of BERNARD AL
75992: classification of the weapon.
LT: ignored significance. Marks of a subcontractor??
Note webmaster: The Bernard and their works are in my first book.
See : http://www.littlegun.be/livres/a%20a%20livre%20alain%20general.htm
Patent "Damas allongé système Bernard"
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