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It is about a rifle of hunting to central percussion and juxtaposed barrels.
It’s gauge of 10,75 X 52R not very used and which probably results from a special order?
Mounting seems me to be in walnut worked “pistol”.
The weapon carries the punches of a proofhouse of Liege, namely:
ELG on star in an oval under crown: acceptance post 1893.
Peron: inspection post 1853.
X - AB - M under star: countermarks of controllers post 1877.
EL in English letters: provisional test of use of 1852 to our days.
PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, of use of 1898 to 1968.
1 kg 717: weight of the barrels which can draw from the powders without smoke except for the gram (smooth weapons). This punch for weapon smoothes seems to me anachronistic on this striped weapon and I am unaware of why it was struck there by the proofhouse?
R under crown: rifled bores, of use of 1894 to 1968.
B.BLINDEE: rifled bores of calibre higher than .22 for lined balls, of use of 1910 to 1968.
10.4: calibre in mm, of use of 1889 to our days.
Small letter “d”: yearly letter of 1925.
552: should be a serial number.
DONCKIER LIEGE: marking of the manufacturer Marcel DONCKIER, arms manufacturer, Lemonnier passage, 13 in LIEGE was registered with the proofhouse of Liege of 1898 to 1903.
It had begun again in 1898, the activity of UME Florent (BE 1869/1898).
In 1903, it changes corporate name to become DONCKIER Marcel S.A. (BE 1903/1938).
In 1938, it joins Jules BURY (BE 1896/1947) until 1947.
DONCKIER Marcel, arms manufacturer in Liege, Lemonier Passage, 13.
It was registered with the proof house of Liege of 1898 to 1903.
In 1898, it takes again the activity of UME Florent (Proof house 1869/1898).
In 1903, it changes corporate name to become DONCKIER Marcel S.A. registers with the proof house of 1903 to 1938.
In 1938, it joins BURY, Jules (BE 1896/1947) until 1947. The firm BURY-DONCKIER is then taken again by MASQUELIER, Charles.
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