To be lawful, a Belgian weapon was to pass to the Manufactory of the State street St Léonard to Liege and after tests, to receive the military lawful punches there.
That is not the case on this rifle of gauge 18 say you and marked Louis MALHERBE in LIEGE.
This weapon is equipped with a lock said “behind” and with a triangular against-lock.
The barrel is with sides with the thunder then round to the mouth. This barrel seems to me it is provided with a rise with small planks but that is not very visible on the photographs.
The weapon carries the punch ELG spangled in an oval which is the mark of final acceptance of the proofhouse of Liege, punch used of 1846 to 1893.
Mark LM crowned is of course the mark of MALHERBE but I am unaware of the significance of the "m" (tiny, read so well) overcome of a crown?
With regard to the manufacturer himself, Who’s Who of arms manufacturer of Liège says to us that it was registered in the capacity as manufacturer to the proofhouse of Liege of 1842 to 1875 and it is unfortunately all that we currently know about this man.
Pictures of the collection of Jean-Louis G. with our grateful thanks
It acts of a gun of pocket with trunk and percussion of very neat completion.
The barrel which one can unscrew (for forced ball) is in Damas.
The trigger is retractable without trigger guard and the trunk is engraved flowers and arabesques in hollow bottom.
The stick is out of ebony or false ebony.
MALHERBE Louis manufacturer of weapons in Liege was registered with the proof tests of Liège of 1842 to 1875.
Many thanks to Albert Mardaga for the photos
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