Some of the most beautiful work of this craftsman, and many others, are in this book “Liège Gunmakers through their Work. 1800 - 1950”.

For more detail see: LIEGE GUNMAKERS

Théate Frères.

THEATE Frères street Trappé, 5 in Liege which were registered with the proofhouse of Liege of 1907 to 1950.

This is cal 32/65 .

Thanks for the nice pictures to Epimenidis Platsidakis owner of

Théate Frères.


Print plug of catalogue

Theate Freres

Theate  Freres centerfire pistol, 2 barrels, cal. 455. The barrels are 6 1/2 inches long and overall it is 12 inches long.


Theate Freres

Belgian 9-shot Revolver "Maxim"

(Theate Freres?), cal 8mm Lebel, serial #19, barrel 4 1/4 inch, overall length 8 1/2 inches, "MAXIM" in gold letters on top of bridge, serial number 19 repeated on frame, under right grip, on extractor, hammer, cylinder, etc. , #47 stamped once on left side of frame, PH stamped on left frame under grip, cartouche with TF stamped on right frame under grip, original grips with Lion mark, right grip repaired, on cylinder: crown/L, Liège mark, star/U, on right of action and barrel: star/U.

Richard Young

The weapon:

It acts of a revolver of German bulldog type because of its hemmed barrel.

This revolver with 9 shots with swinging cylinder comprises a rifled bore and shoot the 8 mm Lebel in particular.

The rubber grips are with the emblem of the lion like the almost identical specimen discovered in a catalogue MASEREEL (see below)

The punches

It acts of the punches of the proof tests of Liege is:

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval - acceptance of 1893 to 1968.

C spangled: countermark of the controller of 1877 to 1968.

L crowned: mark currently unknown but often met, a study is in hand.

The manufacturer

Mark TF in a rectangle lying is without question one of the marks of THEATE Frères street Trappé, 5 in Liege which were registered with the proof test of Liège of 1907 to 1950.

MAXIM: does unknown factor at THEATE (to my knowledge) It act of one incrustation to the fine gold perhaps realized by or for one of the owners?

PH: mark unknown.


Thanks to Richard for the photos.

Theate Freres

TT&C copy of" Webley British Bulldog" Revolver cal. 500, Serial #11, barrel 2 5/8 inches, overall length 6 1/2 inches

Richard Young

Traditional revolver of the type "bulldog" often described on the site.

It carries the punches of the bench of test of Liege is:

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance - 1893 to 1968.

Spangled AI (read so well?) countermark of the controller - 1877/1968.

Mark of the manufacturer

Mark TT & C are a mark used by THEATE Frères, street Trappé, 5 in Liege.


Theate Freres

Lambin & Theate 2-Barrel center-fire pistol, break-open, cal. 450, barrels 4 inches, overall length 8 1/2 inches, smooth bore, minor engraving on action and barrels, Cartouche with TT&C on right frame under grip, cal 450 marked on top between barrels, #2 and #1 marked on bottom of barrels.