Lepage Emile (Proofhouse 1810/57)
Interesting and little running open frame and pinfire revolver.
It is about rare (on a pinfire weapon) a revolver with crack (top break) actuated by a screw on the left side releasing the axis by advancing it.
The loading/unloading in is largely facilitated.
The cylinder which is not grooved is to five or six chambers (non visible on the photographs).
The hammer with the split peak of a bead which makes to its office only once the behind drawn hammer. It facilitates the line of sight with the elevated handlebar.
The trigger is out of ring like the pepperbox.
The console and the barrel are engraved flowers.
The grips of drowning are smooth.
The round barrel (smooth or striped??) makes only one part with the octagonal thunder.
The weapon carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege making it possible to date it roughly, that is to say:
Spangled ELG in an oval: acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.
V crowned: countermark of the controller of use of 1853 to 1877.
The period of manufacture of thus locates between 1853 and 1877 what is in conformity with the birth of the system pinfire of Eugene LEFAUCHEUX.
The barrel is marked LEPAGE A LIEGE what seems to correspond to firm LEPAGE registered with the bench of test of 1810 to 1857. It then became LEPAGE Frères of 1857 to 1868 and finally LEPAGE & CHAUVOT street Fabry, 25 in Liege of 1868 to 1881.
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