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Bettonville - Fontaine (Maybe)

It is about a revolver with central percussion of type “BULLDOG” of origin of Liège. The smooth cylinder is with 6 blows. The loading/unloading of the cartridges is practiced by a door on the right side of the weapon. The trigger is curved under oval trigger guard. The probably striped barrel is short and round with a frnt sight in half-moon. The squared grips are kind “ebony or false ebony”. They are fixed by a central screw and two brass rivet washers.

This weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

ELG* in a vertical oval: final acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.

P*: countermark of the controller, of use of 1877 to 1968.

The weapon also carries the following marks on an amount of stick:

S.A. : subcontractor not identified.

B&F crowned is the mark of the manufacturer which could be (without any certainty) Bettonville-Fontaine active in Liege at the end of the 19th century and of which we have very little information.

FF: subcontractor not identified.

At the time, the weapon passed in the hands of various corporations of arms manufacture and the least important left a mark often not identified on the weapon.

GG

 

Bettonville - Fontaine (Maybe)

Liege Revolver of the BULLDOG type -5 shots-caliber .320 or .380.

Loaded through a side gate and unloading using a removable rod. The grips seem to be made of bone. The cylinder is smooth, not fluted.

The octagonal barrel carries a half-moon sight, unusually located right in the center of the barrel.

For the length of the barrel, see:

http://www.littlegun.be/arme%20belge/artisans%20non%20identifies/a%20artisans%20inconnus%20curiosite%20allemande%20gb.htm

This revolver is stamped with the marks of the Liege Proof House , namely

STAR/ ELG in a crowned oval

: acceptance post 1893.

STAR/F : countermark of the controller post 1877.

This revolver also bears some other marks more difficult to identify, since the quantity of arms manufacturers' registered or unregistered marks is quite large.

HV and JT are probably the marks of a workshop or a subcontractor, while in my opinion Crown/ B&F is the mark of the manufacturer. Unfortunately, to our knowledge, no manufacturer of this period corresponds to these initials. Possibly BETTONVILLE and FONTAINE active in Liege at the end of the 19th century and of which we have VERY little information.

GG

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