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LEVAUX, Nicolas and Eugène RADELET
Bd d'Avroy, 244 to Liège
Patent n° 38.750 register to Liège (by MERCENIER G) to 26.01.1876.
Patents: 28.279 of the 15/11/1870, 28.367 of the 31/01/1871, 38.750 of the 15/02/1876, 43.296 October 1877.
LEVAUX Dieudonné (or Dieu Donné), Feneur (Dalhem) then Trembleur (Blegny) is before a whole inventor whose weapons (generally of the revolvers with crack provided with an extractor with disc) were manufactured by various firms inhabitants of Liège: G Mercenier, L Ancion-Marx... and others, which had sometimes the courtesy to make appear the name or the initial ones: D.D. Levaux Bté - D.D.L. Bté.
Certain arms manufacturers or famous merchants finished of Levaux by affixing their name there: Braendlin, Hughes in England, Bodeo E Carral in Italy, Ferran y Turdera in Argentina, A.D. Jansen in Brussels, etc...
The weapons based on one or more of the 4 patents quoted above were an unquestionable international success lasting nearly 30 years.
Revolver Dieudonné LEVAUX with central percussion and top break. This weapon was the subject of a patent filling the 15/02/1876 under the n° 38750 (see enclosures). The cylinder is with 8 sides with front sight in half-moon. The cylinder is a 6 shots. The gauge is not indicated on the weapon. The grips consists of two plates of walnut squared joined together by a central screw and two brass rivet washers. This stick ends in a ring of cap and its screw-pivot.
The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of LIEGE, namely:
ELG* in a vertical oval: final acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.
M spangled: countermark of the controller, of use of 1877 to 1968.
These dates thus indicate a period of manufacture of 1877 to 1893.
This revolver carries the following marks:
PATENT 455: mark attesting that the weapon is thus patented protected.
15546: serial number.
Interlaced T.J (read so well?): this mark was completely unknown for me and my research is remained vain! Is call launched to the readers? Revolver LEVAUX was manufactured by several firms of Liège of which in particular ANCION-MARX and Jean-baptiste RONGé.
Marks ND and GF in a rectangle read so well because the photographs are fuzzy are most probably marks of subcontractors.
Revolver with annular percussion (to be checked) seems to me with the shape of the striker, with closed framework, of caliber 380 to 6 shots.
The loading and the extraction of the casings are practiced by a side door dropping thanks to the action of an internal spring and a metal rod swivelling on an axis.
The grooved barrel with six shots does not comprise obviously an other extractor.
The gun is octagonal and is equipped with a front sight in half-moon.
The stick is made up of two plates of drowning finely squared maintained by a through screw and two rivet washers. It ends in a metal cap and a ring.
The plate covering the system is removable and is solidarized with the frame by a system tenon mortise.
The weapon carries the punches of the bench of tests of Liege, namely:
Spangled ELG in an oval: acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.
H spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.
The weapon was thus manufactured between 1877 and 1893.
It also carries other marks like:
Cal 380: gauge weapon (38 short)
822: job number.
DDL Bté: meaning that this weapon is patented. I think that this weapon could be manufactured by LEVAUX-STAS Dieudonné, manufacturer of weapons with BLEGNY-TREMBLEUR (plate of HERVE in the neighbourhoods of Liege), which deposits between 1870 and 1888, eleven patents in particular on the revolvers.
A checking is in hand in order to compare presents it weapon and the patents which it deposited. All new positive elements will be the subject obviously of a communication.
D.D. Levaux breveté
D.D. Levaux breveté
Sold by "MAGAZIN ROYAL"
D.D. Levaux caliber .38
Scarce large frame Belgian Levaux double action self-extracting revolver with Argentinian retailer's address gold inlaid on the barrel.
Left/upper side of the barrel displays following markings, "Buenos Aires". Right/upper side of the barrel displays following markings, "Ferran y Turdera".
Liege proof on the cylinder. Top break design. Non-fluted cylinder. 5.5 inch long octagonal barrel.
The revolver is lightly engraved (frame, cylinder, bridge, trigger guard, grip, etc).
Photographs et technical details friendly authorized by "Collectiblefirearms"
Another D.D. Levaux in caliber 11mm
Scarce large frame Belgian Levaux double action self-extracting revolver. Top break design. Non-fluted cylinder. 5.5 inch long octagonal barrel. Left side of the barrel displays following markings, "D.D. Levaux BT". Right side of the barrel displays following markings, "Acier Fondu". Liege proof on the cylinder. Beautiful ebony grips with diamond checkering. Nickel plating on the trigger and hammer, blue finish an all the remaining steel parts.
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