Victor ROUSSEAUX

Shotgun to barrels juxtaposed and smooth.

The engraved locks of English type to bouquets are of hammerless type with key top lever.

The band connecting the barrels is guilloched and the front sight is materialized by a small ivory ball.

The stick of drowning is of English type without cheek.

The weapon carries many punches of the bench of tests of Liege is:

ELG * in a crowned oval: acceptance post 1893.

Peron: inspection post 1853.

X *: countermark of the controller post 1877.

1 kg 398.5: weight of the barrel which can draw from the powders without smoke (weapons smooth) of use of 1892 to 1924.

Stylized lion overcoming EC. n°3: optional test with the powder without smoke (EC3). In use of 1891 to 1968. Powder EC3 was produced by THE E.C. POWDER COMPANY LIMITED LONDON. It was about a powder specifically of hunting, without smoke and with hard grains.

EL in cursive letters: provisional test, of use post 1852.

CHOKE 18.0/18.5: chokés guns: gauge in mm to 22 cm of the breech and the mouth. In use of 1898 to 1910.

12C in a rhombus on point: (read so well??): gauge, of use of 1898 to 1924.

MAX {2gr. 13 poudre / 31 gr 50 plombs: loads for powder without smoke, of use of 1897 to 1903.

D 70/20.06: length of the room in mm and diameter in mm after optional test with the powder without smoke. In use of 1892 to 1924.

Manufacturer:

The guns carry struck the tape, the mark V or ROUSSEAUX ARQer A ANVERS. Victor ROUSSEAUX was a harquebusier in ANTWERP street Léopold, N° 7 since 1890 surroundings, it have received medals (gold medal in 1894 and 1907). It was agent principal of cartridges BACHMANN and specialized in the weapons of hunting.

The mention engraved on locks is hardly readable for me, I think of reading Ch. BEILLE et Cie BRUXELLES but without certainty none?

Time of manufacture: if I believe the punches of tests of them, this weapon was manufactured between 1898 and 1903.

GG

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