Revolver of the type GASSER-MONTENEGRIN to central percussion.
The grooved cylinder is rather long, and yet in a calibre (8mm) enough running, usually this type of barrel announces a special calibre of type Russian NAGANT or 12 mm Gasser. It is true that in this case the cylinder often carries 5 cartridges only; yours has 7 rooms!
The rifled bore is with 8 sides with hexagonal ring and front sight in half-moon.
The loading is practiced by a side door dropping thanks to an external spring.
Unloading is practiced with the hand and casing by casing thanks to the metal rod swivelling on its axis.
The grips consists of two plates in bone, they are connected by a through screw and two rivet washers.
The stick ends in a ring of cap aimed in the metal skeleton of stick.
The weapon carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:
Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance post 1893.
C spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.
R crowned: rifled bore post 1894.
The L crowned does not belong to the proofhouse and its origin is unknown.
I think that it could act of a mark of foundry struck by the manufacturer of the cylinder.
The trademark to the lions drawn up on the former ones belongs to the manufacturer of weapons Antoine MASEREEL street Saint Hubert, 15 in Liege
The illegible initial struck the amount of stick are probably marks of subcontractor.
In appendix: a page of catalogue MASEREEL showing a similar weapon and an engraving of sailing boat well in the style of the engraving of boat engraved with the thunder.
MASEREEL Antoine, manufacturer of weapons (BE 1910/1953) street Saint Hubert, 15 in Liege.
In 1910, it takes again the activity of SMETS Joseph & MASEREEL A.
His catalogue n° 51 offer a great choice of rifles, rifles and revolvers of all types such as Lefaucheux, Moray, Bull-dog, Constable, S&W, Kobold, The Cyclist, Lincoln, Vélo-dog, Constabulary Mauser, Novo, Municipal, Russian Constable of police force, Nagant system, American Colt, revolver Oury extractor, Montenegrin etc.
Mark of Masereel
It is about a copy inhabitant of Liège of the American revolver with percussion COLT NAVY 1851 called in LIEGE “BROOKLYN BRIDGE” because of coarse engraving being reproduced on the barrel (suspension bridge and evolution of boats).
Inspired freely of the Navy Colt, it borrows the majority of its characteristics to him.
230 mm length, it is shorter than its model.
The octagonal barrel measures 100mm.
It functions in simple action and its barrel presents 5 rooms at percussion. It is a little longer than the model.
This type of weapon was manufactured by several arms manufacturers of Liège of which CLEMENT and RONGÉ and probably MASEREEL since this one carries the mark from there.
The majority of these marks were however whimsical such as for example the cross and crowned keys which are also reproduced on the CLEMENT-RONGÉ!
One can consider that this weapon was manufactured by Clément Rongé, which would explain the mark? It would then have been resold by MASEREEL, it was practical current at the time, but this is only assumption!
The lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege are reproduced on the cylinder, namely:
Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance post 1893. This date can appear late for a weapon with percussion but these BROOKLYN BRIDGE still appeared in the catalogue ALFA of 1911!
J spangled: countermark of the controller post 1893.
Other markings are:
PATENT SYSTEM: whimsical marking not meaning anything
Crowned cross keys: to see above.
A crowned: mark unknown and probably whimsical. One can consider A of Antoine MASEREEL but they are extremely doubtful!
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