Liege Proofed Antique ENGRAVED European PINFIRE Double Action REVOLVER CROSS HATCHING MOTIF 11mm Sidearm with IVORY GRIPS!
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Liege Proofed Antique ENGRAVED European PINFIRE Double Action REVOLVER
CROSS HATCHING MOTIF 11mm Sidearm with IVORY GRIPS!
Here we present an antique European (possibly Belgium) Pinfire Revolver, made circa the 1850s. In 1830, notable gun maker and inventor Casimir Lefaucheux invented the pinfire cartridge and patented it in 1835 to become one of the first self-contained firearms cartridges. This very early design included a case with ball, powder and primer, but what made it different from what was to come later in cartridge development was the “firing pin” that projected out of the side of the case. It was this pin that was struck and detonated the primer inside.
His son, Eugene, would build on Casimir’s invention, designing a pistol to take advantage of it. The hammer would be flat and smash down on the side of the cylinder, from which the pin of the cartridge would project. This revolver and pistol design would become prolific, especially in Europe throughout the 19th Century, being adopted by militaries, used by civilians and police, and even being sold for use during the American Civil War. Many makers made both licensed and unlicensed copies.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong and tight all around. The bore is semi-bright in good shape, only darkening towards the muzzle. Both grips are firm and show minimal but expected handling wear. The frame and cylinder have a great checkering design. The cylinder is Liege proofed. Here is a pinfire revolver that’s just as fun to look at, as it is to collect!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 5-3/4 inches.
Caliber: 11mm Pinfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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