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

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Warnant René

It is a 9 mm Warnant type rifle. The barrel has 8 sections and the bridge has scrolls. The percussion system is of the well-known Warnant type. The English-style butt seems to be made of fruit wood.

The weapon bears the statutory hallmarks of the Liège proofhouse, namely :

ELG* in a crowned oval: definitive acceptance post 1893.

BB* : countermark of the inspection post 1877.

Peron: inspection post 1853.

FL 9mC: caliber announced.

8.4: real caliber?

1913: year of manufacture.

The weapon also bears the following markings:

RW: brand of the Liège manufacturer Warnant René, registered on the Liège proofhouse from 1912 to 1956. He is the author of 4 patents. In 1934, he resumed the activity of Warnant Emile.

Ad. Jansen Armurier Bruxelles (engraved on the butt): this is the well-known Brussels dealer.


Warnant René

Precision shot pistol similar to the Englebert-Francotte pistol.

The mark RW in an oval under the barrel is that of the craftsman René Warnant.

The calibre of this rifled barrel is Flobert 6mm.

Warnant René

Here is a beautiful (and heavy) rifle of shooting, end XIXe beginning XXe, of manufacture of Liège (undoubtedly Rene Warnant), with short breech.

Caliber 6 mm Flobert (ring percussion). Adjustable sighting means.


R crowned: rifled bore, in use since 1894;

AL under star: countermark of a controller since 1877;

Peron: inspection, since 1853;

ELG on star in crowned oval: acceptance, since 1893;

FL 6 m: calibre, 6 mm with annular percussion;

AE: unidentified

LLH: Laurent Lochet-Habran, manufacturer of barrels, house founded in 1860, active until the beginning of the XXe century.

RW: it is undoubtedly about René Warnant, registered with the proofhouse of Liege of 1912 to 1956.


Warnant René

This rifle toy coarse imitation of rifle MAUSER to bolt was manufactured by Rene WARNANT who was registered with the proof house of Liege of 1912 to 1956.

In 1934, it took again the activity of WARNANT, Emile street Lamarck, 99 in LIEGE.

During the First World War, the occupant prohibited to the arms manufacturers of Liège to manufacture weapons. Reduced to unemployment, some of those manufactured toys and other objects intended for decoration (boxes engraved or carved inter alia)

An association, PANEM LABORE (bread by work) even was creates to come to assistance of the people without resources.

Interlaced mark RW is well the mark of Rene WARNANT and the mention PROJECTILE seems to be an advertising mention to attract the barge.

The mark FABRICATION LIEGEOISE occurs from comment.

In short, this toy is one disturbed and fortunately completed time a very interesting witness.