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Apparently with the tenon of bayonet, I think that it is a rifle (provided with a stretcher) military of hunter manufactured by Beuret Frères in Liege all at least with regard to the lock. This rifle would have been manufactured about 1864 and in my humble opinion it could be Swiss.
It’s a little thin, but within sight of the photographs and of the parts absent I cannot better do.
F. Beuret, Liege about 1830. Octagonal barrel -caliber 14 mm with remainders of gold inlays on the chamber. Percussion Lock engraved with the signature “F. BEURET A LIEGE”.
Length 36 cm.
The CROWN/BF stamp is most probably the mark of BEURET Frères (1836/1879) although it could also be the stamp of BAYET Frères (1860/1881) but I'll rather be inclined to believe it's BEURET's, their mark being a definitely a Crown/BF.
LAM is of course the mark of the Liège manufacturer Léopold ANCION-MARX; however there is a problem since this firm was registered with the Liege Proof House of only in 1890 !?.
The ALBINI rifle underwent various transformations during its career: the transformation of the model 1853 to the breech-loading ALBINI-BRAENDLIN system, change of rear sight, second barrel band carrying an additional lateral front sight, addition of a special rear sight with a side notch on the right etc
These multiple transformations explain the presence of mark LAM on the weapon, this company having probably undertaken one or several of these improvements?
In short we are reduced to hypothesis making all the interest of collecting old weapons.
EXCELLENT M1842/59/67 MILBANK AMSLER RIFLE WITH CANTON GENEVA PROPERTY MARK. THIS BELGIAN MADE M1842 PERCUSSION MUSKET RECEIVED RIFLEING AND A REAR SIGHT IN 1859. CONVERTED TO A 18x25mm RF MILBANK-AMSLER SWING BLOCK BREACH LOADER IN 1867. CARTOUCHE ON THE SWING BLOCK: MASSIP & THURY. OAL=147cm.
Many thanks to "AUGUSTUS FINE ANTIQUITIES" for the photos.
BEURET Percussion PISTOL (apparently transformed from flintlock).
It's a SWISS Mle 1842 cavalry Pistol, caliber 18 mm, percussion lock, the front cut at right angle , marking of BEURET Frères, in LIEGE.
They were arms manufacturer in SAINT-ETIENNE and LIEGE (1836-1879).
They were also probably members of the Great Trade Union in LIEGE.
The mountings made of brass, are inspired by those of the model 1822 French gun. The ramrod was carried separately. Was regulation in the Swiss army in the XIXe century and in particular in the canton of THURGOVIE.
Swiss cavalry percussion pistol with cantonal stamp and unit number, calibre 17,8mm.
Made in Belgium by Beuret Frères.
Maker stamps on all parts. Canton Zurich stamp on the barrel.
Photographs friendly authorized by "SWISSDAGER"
Scarce Brazilian contract, Belgian made Comblain M.1874 carbine.
The carbine utilizes the breech with a locking block that moves up and down. The locking block is activated by a lever, which also serves as a trigger guard.
Brazilian contract's Comblains are slightly different from other guns of this type. The major difference is a lack of the cocking spur on the breech block, as the hammer is carried inside a shroud.
Two brass barrel bands configuration with a nose cap. Steel receiver. Adjustable rear sights. Ramp and leaf sight graduated to 800 meters.
The octagonal part of the barrel displays maker's markings, "Beuret F..., Liege". The right side of the receiver displays wording, "Comblain Brevete", over a number of unknown meaning, "24647". The Liege proof marks are stamped on major steel parts of the carbine. Several other Belgian marks and proofs are stamped on the various parts of the carbine. The bayonet lug for the saber type bayonet is located on the right side of the front barrel band.
Overall length: 38.50 inch. Barrel length: 23.25 inch.
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The reading of the marks and punches on an old weapon is not always an easy task, far from there. We are obliged to refer to a sometimes incomplete documentation or little clearly written.
The present weapon is undoubtedly a rifle system COMBLAIN. The carcass is out of phosphorous bronze like the models of the civic Guard although no specific punch is discovered on the weapon.
We read the punches as follows:
BE in an oval lying could be the mark of BEURET Frères (BE 1836/1879) street Behind St Thomas, 23 in Liege. They used also mark BF crowned and an eagle on 2 escutcheons.
Crowned AP could be a hallmark of the M.A.E.
G and C in a drawn up rhombus: mark with initial controllers of the metal parts of the MAE.
MG crowned in an oval is the mark of test of the MAE.
ELG in an oval is the acceptance of the bench of tests of Liege (1846/1893).
GB in an oval is the mark of property of the Belgian government.
Peron is the punch of inspection of BE (1853 until todays).
P with crowned back, I do not know.
899 is the serial number (breech and parts).
1874 are the year of manufacture.
COMBLAIN BREVETE is without comment.
I am astonished by the absence of marks on the wood and the plate of layer?
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