Syndicat des Pièces Interchangeables
Rifle of small hunting of gauge 16.
The steel barrels are smooth.
The lock round is with external hammer with key of opening “Top lever” It is engraved of foliage in hollow bottom.
The stick out of wooden of drowning is worked “pistol”.
The weapon carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:
ELG on star in an oval crowned: acceptance post 1893.
Peron: inspection post 1853.
ML (read so well?) surmounted of a star: countermark of the controller post 1877.
EL in English letters: provisional test, of use of 1852 to our days.
16 C in a rhombus: gauge, of use of 1898 to 1924.
Choke 18.6/16.6: (read so well!) chokes barrels : calibre in mm to 22 cm of the breech and the mouth. In use of 1910 to 1924.
Other marks are also present but the not very clear photographs prevented me from identifying them.
13408: serial number.
ACL in a circle: mark of the manufacturer of barrels of rifles LOCHET-HABRAN (see site)
S.P.I. in a circle: mark of the manufacturer is the “Syndicat des Pièces Interchangeables de Herstal” (Trade union of the Interchangeable Parts of Herstal) Credit of 1899 to 1946. It is about an association between NEUMANN Frères, JANSEN & Fils and DUMOULIN Fils & C°. This enterprise sold weapons of sport based on the standardization of the parts. The components came from the National Factory of Weapons of War (FN) but the weapons were finished individually in a large variety of styles.
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