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Rocour Delsa & Cie
Undoubtedly a revolver F.MARTIN & Co as indicated on the weapon. The description and the operation of this weapon were already described previously.
The weapon was manufactured by ROCOURT & DELSA and Co in LIEGE as the marking of the amount of stick indicates it. It is not, seems it, last with the obligatory test within sight of the absence of punches of Liège.
Does markings MOUVEMENT ACIER (MOVEMENT STEEL) (advertizing) and FABRIQUE SAINT ETIENNE (but which?) in all probability are added by the French retailer to give to the French purchaser a false impression of quality! Liege had the reputation to rather manufacture hardware than of arms manufacture! That was true for certain bottom-of-the-range parts but false one for the weapons of qualities.
I also note the absence of punches of Saint Etienne??
With my opinion, it is about a “chicanery” between the manufacturer (Rocourt Delsa) who sold this weapon (certainly forming part of a batch) in infringement with the payments of the proofhouse of Liege. The French purchaser avoided itself passing the weapon to the proofhouse of St Etienne because it could not explain the punishable source of it.
To be able to sell this batch, it will have added markings intended to mislead the customer!
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