Fabrique d’Armes Unies de LIEGE

Copy of Liège of a flintlock pistol HARPER FERRY model 1805-1808.

Punches

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

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

Peron: inspection of 1853 to our days

These punches thus reveal a period of manufacture going from 1853 to 1893.

The manufacturer

The barrel is marked F.A.U.L meaning “Fabriques d’armes unies de Liège” whose seat was in Liege, 22 street Trappé.

14, 4: is the gauge corresponding to gauge 28.

17: it should be a question with my direction of a serial number.

/VII: they are markings of “équipors” meaning:  /=10 V= 5 - II = 2 is on the whole 17 like above.

Publicity of the firm: see appendix 1.

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Fabrique d’Armes Unies de LIEGE

Very beautiful counterpart (functional and subjected to authorization) of a pistol with percussion to be charged by the mouth (gauges unknown).

Punches

Letter “S” spangled: countermark of the controller post 27/01/1877.

The S spangled refers to Daenen Charles, controller active of 1952 to 1980 - to see appendix.

Peron: inspection post 16/06/1853.

R crowned (large): Rifled bore - of use of January 30, 1894 to February 26, 1968

Interlaced EL: Provisional, valid test from December 21, 1852 at our days

ELG on star in an oval: final acceptance post 11/07/1893.

For information the ELG on star in an oval NOT CROWN (which could make believe that this weapon is former to 1893) is the exception for the weapons to charge by the mouth (blasting powder) and is always valid for this type of weapon.

The manufacturer

Manufactured by Centaur in Liege (F.A.U.L. - Hanquet) (but it should there y have had their logo – non apparent on the photographs) in years 60/70. See illustration below

Fabrique d’Armes Unies de LIEGE

Double shotgun to percussion and loading by the mouth of modern manufacture (2nd half of the XXe century) produced until 1976 by the firm CENTAURE (Fabrique d’armes unies de Liège) street Trappé, 22.

The steel unrifled bores are juxtaposed, they are maintained with keys.

The rocker is with ahead embedded locks.

The hammers are external.

The stick in walnut is worked “with English”, it comprises a “capsulière” cockles.

Punches

The weapon carries the lawful punches of the bench of tests of Liege, namely:

ELG on star in a vertical oval: acceptance, guns to be charged by the mouth, of use from July 11, 1893 at our days.

EL in English letters: provisional test, of use from December 21, 1852 at our days.

S spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.

16.2: gauge in mm (corresponding + - to gauge 20). In use of 1889 to our days.

Marks

CENTAURE LIEGE BELGIUM: mark deposited by the “Fabrique d’armes unies de Liège” from LIEGE street Trappé, 22, registered with the proofhouse of Liege since 1920.

It manufactured counterparts of old weapons until 1976 and the sale continued until 1992.

598: sertial number.

Appendix: a page of a catalogue CENTAURE showing a weapon in the same style.

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Fabriques d’Armes Unies de Liège

Ce fusil double en calibre 16 est un classique fusil de chasse à canons lisses et juxtaposés

La platine à percussion centrale est à chien extérieurs et la clé entre ces chiens « top lever ».

Les canons en acier éprouvés sont frappés d’un aigle aux ailes déployées mais que je n’ai pu identifier avec certitude car il n’est pas visible complètement. Or plusieurs fabricants de canons de fusils comme CAP Joseph et LOCHET Arnold ont utilisés ce logo avec de petites variantes.

La bande reliant le canon porte en or incrusté la mention "Pour poudre blanche" ce qui indique bien sur que l’arme est éprouvée à la poudre sans fumée par opposition à la poudre noire.

La crosse à l’anglaise est en noyer et la longuesse à poussoir.

La platine porte une gravure florale à l’anglaise également.

L’arme a subit l’épreuve liégeoise comme en attestent les poinçons relevés, soit :

ELG étoilé dans un ovale couronné : acceptation post 1893.

S et T étoilés : contremarques des contrôleurs post 1877.

PV surmonté d’un lion stylisé : épreuve à la poudre sans fumée, en usage de 1898 à 1968.

16 C dans un losange : calibre, en usage de 1898 à 1924.

Perron : inspection post 1853.

P1K668.6 : poids du canon pouvant tirer des poudres sans fumée (armes lisses) En usage de 1892 à 1924.

D = 65/18.9 m/m : longueur de la chambre en mm et diamètre en mm après épreuve facultative à la poudre sans fumée. En usage de 1892 à 1924.

L’arme aurait donc été fabriquée entre 1898 et 1924.

La marque DICTATOR a été déposée par les Fabriques d’Armes Unies à Liège (F.A.U.L) rue Trappé 22 (voir site)

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Fabriques d’Armes Unies de Liège

Limited company.

Manufacture of weapons.

Rue St-Gilles, 87  Liège  (Ann.1924)

Rue Trappé, 22 Liège  (Ann.tél.1949)  (Ann.1959)

Partnership between (in 1920) 3 large companies :

- Fabriques d’Armes réunies  (anciennes maisons Albert Simonis, Antoine Bertrand & fils, Pirlot & Frésart)

- Fabrique d’Armes de Liège  (J.Ancion & fils, Joseph Tolet & Cie, s.a. Fabrication des Armes à feu)

- Ferdinand Hanquet

Manufactured:

Le Centaure (other name of the Dictator)

Cow boy ranger ( style western)

Dictator

Texas ranger

Clement 1909 (contesté)

Clement Fulgor(Basé sur le Browning 1903)

Constabulary

Extracteur

Milady

 

FABRIQUES D'ARMES UNIES DE LIEGE

Date of issue: 1949

Part Sociale No 389.

Formed originally in 1919 by amalgamation of 3 large Liège arms manufacturers, Fabriques d'Armes réunies, Fabrique d'Armes de Liège, and Ferdinand Hanquet. A major product was the 'Hammerless' rifle.

 

 

Fabriques d’Armes Unies à Liège

Shotgun to unrifled bores and juxtaposed gauges 12 of them, it lock is of hammerless type to key top lever and the stock of pistol type.

Small d underlined: letter annal 1965

Small d underlined: letter annal 1968. I am not differently explained these two yearly letters than by a replacement of barrel or a visit with the late test??

The manufacturer

F.A.U.L: mark of Fabriques d’Armes Unies à Liège street Trappé, 22 in Liege.

JF marks of Jean FALLA street New Bonne 35 in Liege, manufacturer of barrels (see site).

Made in Belgium: no comment.

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Fabrique d’Armes Unies de Liège SA.

Le Centaure

Fabrique d’Armes Unies de Liège SA.

Centaure hammerless.

Catalogue page:

Fabrique d’Armes Unies de Liège SA.

Shotgun to juxtaposed unrifled bores gauges of it 12, lock hammerless, top key and “longuess” with push-button.

It carries the punches of the bench of tests following:

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance, of use of 1893 to 1968.

Peron: inspection, of use of 1853 until todays.

R spangled: countermark of the controller, of use of 1877 to 1968.

PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, of use of 1898 to 1968.

FC or AV spangled: countermark of the controller, of use of 1877 to 1968.

12-70 inside large C: gauge nominal and length of the casing, of use of 1924 until todays.

Small letter D: yearly letter (1925)

1Kg 529: weight of the gun which can draw from the powders without smoke (weapons smooth) except for the gram. In use of 1924 until todays.

It also carries following markings of the manufacturer:

TESTED FOR SMOKELESS POWDER: without comment.

THE LIEGE UNITED ARMS C° LTD: Mark of the "Fabrique d’Armes Unies de Liège SA" street Trappé, 22 in Liege. Mark deposited the 01.06.1923.

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Fabriques d’Armes Unies de Liège

It acts of a weapon of hunting hammerless, gauges 12, with two juxtaposed guns and key Top Lever.

Manufacturer

THE LIEGE UNITED ARMS C° Ltd Liege Belgium: it acts of a trade mark the 01.06.1923 by the Fabrique d’armes unies de Liège (F.A.U.L.) street Trappé, 22 in Liege.

D crowned should be the mark of the manufacturer of guns DELCOUR-DUPONT Jean, trade mark the 06.06.1921.

The bench of test of Liege

The passage the all weapon proof made in Belgium is obligatory since the imperial decree of 1810.

The punches present on the weapon can be read like this:

ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance, punch used of the 11.07.1893 with before the 26.02.1968.

PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, punch used of the 04.10.1898 with before the 26.02.1968.

1Kg 527: weight of the gun which can draw from the powders without smoke (weapons smooth) except for the gram, punch used 30.06.1924 until today.

EE in cursive letters: provisional test, punch used of the 21.12.1852 unil today

Perron (little tower): inspection - punch used of the 16.06.1853 until today.

12.70 inside large C: (with reserve because I am not on to have well read the photograph) it acts the nominal gauge of the weapon and the length of the casing. Punch used of the 30.06.1924 until today.

L and C spangled: countermarks of the controllers, punches used of the 27.01.1877 with before the 26.02.1968.

CHOKE 18.2: “chokes” barrels: cal. to 22 cm of the cylinder head, punch used of the 30.06.1924 with before the 26.02.1968.

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Marked "Liege united arms".

This mark belongs to the firm " FABRIQUE D'ARMES UNIES DE LIEGE S.A." street Trappé 22 in Liege - founded 01.06.1923. It acts of a shotgun gauge 16, with barrels juxtaposed, hammerless, key of opening on the top, triples bolt, pistol grip.

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