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J.L. Leclercq & Cie
It acts of a single stroke rifle and with crack opening thanks to the action of a key known as “serpentine” placed on the right side of the breech.
Although that is not notified in the request, I think that this weapon is with annular percussion in 22LR.
It carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:
Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.
Spangled BB: countermark of the controller post 1877.
EL in cursive letters: provisional test, of use of 1852 to our days.
104: should be a serial number.
The partially unobtrusive mark is J.LECLERCQ.
Many arms manufacturers of Liège carried this patronym at the XIXe century of which:
LECLERCQ Joseph, arms manufacturer with SAINT REMY (Liege) who deposited two patents of 1859 to 1886. This one seems to me quite former to the present weapon.
LECLERCQ J.L. & Co in Liege which was registered with the proofhouse of tests of Liege of 1890 to 1891.
It corresponds better in the dates.
In appendix a rifle LECLERCQ manufactured by company J.B. Rongé in Liege.
This type of weapon was manufactured in great quantity by several arms manufacturers of Liège and is of rather reduced value.
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