Gilon François (maybe)

The weapon

Pistol with central percussion said “Scottish”.

The system is with crack and standard key Lefaucheux under the barrels.

The extraction is manual thanks to a small pedal.

The barrels are juxtaposed and striped.

A standard brass front sight “barley grain” is aimed between those.

The calibre is 11 mm or 450.

The trigger guard is with rest-finger.

The stick of the banana type is fixed by two transverse screws with brass rivet washers.


The weapon is struck punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

ELG on star in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.

Peron: inspection post 1853.

F and P reversed, spangled: countermarks of the controller’s post 1877.

R crowned: rifled bore, of use of 1894 to 1968.

EL in English letters: provisional test, of use of 1852 to our days.


TF in a rectangle: mark of factory from THEATE BROTHERS street Trappé, 5 in Liege. Registered voters with the proofhouse of 1907 to 1950.

On the amount of stick GILON (unobtrusive first name). It is probably about a subcontractor. Several arms manufacturers GILON existed and it is quite difficult to make the sorting without having the first name!

It could be a question of GILON François de Sarolay-Argenteau (close to Liege) or perhaps of GILON Nicolas Joseph de Saint Remy?

CAL 450: calibre weapon.