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Revolver of box frame pocket of type Bulldog or Puppy following its size. The calibre is of 320. The short and striped barrel is round with an front sight in half-moon. The door on the right side is intended to allow the loading/unloading of the ammunition of 320. The weapon is equipped with a rod swivelling on an axis, it must be introduced in turn into the cells of the cylinder (6 blows) for the unloading of the casings. The trigger is curved without trigger guard. It is folded up under the carcass to facilitate the setting out of pocket. The blackened wood grips (Walnut) is squared and are fixed using a central screw.
The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:
ELG* in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.
R crowned: rifled bore, of use of 1894 to 1968.
C*: Countermark of the controller post 1877.
C crowned: probably a mark of founder of barrel?
The weapon also carries the following marks:
EW under star: it is the mark of the gunmaker Emile Warnant street Lamarck, 99 in Liege. It was registered with the bench of tests of 1911 to 1934. He is the agent of 4 patents.
The figure 2 could be the serial number of the weapon.
Detilloux on an amount of stick could be a mark of subcontractor. The list of those formally was never drawn up unfortunately.
It is about a rifle doubles hammerless with key top, safety on the tail of breech, unrifled bores of gauge 16, English stock in drowning, English engraving.
The punches struck the weapon are those of the proof house of Liege, that is to say:
Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance post 1893.
U and M spangled: countermarks of the controllers post 1877
Peron: inspection post 1853;
EL in cursive letters: provisional test of use post 1852
PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, of use of 1898 to 1968.
16C in a rhombus on point: gauge, of use of 1898 to 1924.
P.1K 227: weight of the barrel which can draw from the powders without smoke (arms smooth), of use of 1892 to 1924.
16.3/17.0: chokes barrels: caliber in mm to 22 cm of the breech and the mouth, use of 1910 to 1924.
D = 65/19.0 m/m: length of the chamber in mm and diameter in mm after optional test with powder without smoke, of use of 1892 to 1924.
23829: should be the job number.
Crowned EW is the mark of Emile WARNANT in Liege and registered voter with the proof house of Liège of 1905 to 1934.
PL in an oval lying is unknown for me. It is perhaps the manufacturer of the barrels.
The mark rings “STEEL SIEMENS MARTIN of them is most probably the type of steel used for the manufacture of the barrels.
Date of manufacture: between 1910 and 1924.
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