Joseph JOLET (Maybe)

It is about a model very running in arms manufacture of Liège of a rifle with annular percussion.

Calibre is not visible but it could be 22 short? The barrel is octagonal out of steel provided with a system of aiming “front sight bead”.

The curved trigger is under trigger guard.

The stick in walnut (?) is “pistol” worked.

The weapon carries the lawful punches of the profhouse of LIEGE, namely:

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

Z*: countermark of the controller of use of 1877 to our days.

These punches show one period of manufacture going from 1877 to 1893.

The weapon also carries several subcontractor and/or trademarks, namely:

Crowned JJ: mark not included in the collection of the marks of Liège manufacture and which could be possibly allotted to:

JULIEN Joseph, (1865/1876) street Nagelmackers, 3 in LIEGE or….

JOLET, Joseph, (1892) of patentee CHERATTE for a rifle with long or short cylinder head?

GD in English letters: this mark could belong to Gilles DECORTIS who was especially known as manufacturer of barrels.

AD: mark also unknown.

The presence of three trademarks (?) on the same weapon is rather exceptional and is explained with difficulty. Did one perhaps repurchase the stock of the other??

GG

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