the most beautiful work of this craftsman, and many others, are in this book
“Liège Gunmakers through their Work. 1800 - 1950”.
Jean-François LAROSE, arms manufacturer, metal
worker, manufacturer of stove with coal domiciled in Liege, street Severin
Saint, n° 26, since 1859.
It deposits three patents in Belgium concerning
a system of firearm taking care by the breech and a system of pistol-revolver
with central percussion.
The weapon presented is the subject of the
patent deposited on June 7 1870 under N° 27706.
1859 à 1869, il a déposé trois brevets pour un système d’arme à feu se
chargeant par la culasse et le revolver qui nous occupe.
The revolver system LAROSE is a weapon with slipping barrel and cylinder,
with automatic ring extractor. It is with six shots, calibres 380, with rimfire, double movement without rebounding hammer. The barrel with
sides comprises four stripes.
This system of weapon is equipped with a pushbutton on the left side of
the carcass, being used to withdraw the barrel and the cylinder forwards
causing the general extraction of the casings. It is enough then to
supply the barrel and to push back it forwards, where after a small
catch, the weapon is again ready to make fire.
is very neat, metal is bluish and cover of dotted lines silver, the
handle is out of ivory and ends in a metal cap also worked and provided
with a ring. This same handle is provided with small a busc or hook much
more reduced than on the patent and which is judicious to protect the
wrist. The hammer, the trigger and the
front sight are nickelled. The
manufacturer is unknown.
The weapon relates to the barrel on the left side the mention "LAROSE
BREVETE" it also carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege,
namely the punch of acceptance ELG in an oval the used of the 08.09.1846
to 11.07.1893 and one V spangled which is the countermark of the
controller of the 27.01.1877 to the 26.02.1968.
This weapon was patented the 07.06.1870 under the n° 27.706 at the
Clerk's office of the provincial Government of Liege (see below)
acts in fact of LAROSE Jean-François, arms manufacturer, metal worker of
his state, domiciled in Liege street St Severin, 26. From 1859 to 1869,
it deposited three patents for a system of firearm taking care by the
breech and the revolver which occupies us.
seems that this weapon was never manufactured in series and of this fact
will have had only the most restricted diffusion, which nothing but does
increase the value by it.
Many thanks to the"Museum of weapons of Liège"
for the pictures.