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walldj45
September 30, 2010, 09:09 PM
I locally bought an old revolver. It appears to be a pinfire black powder revolver. It is single action only and appears to be ~45 caliber. The only markings are on the right side in front of the cylinder. They read this:
BREVETE
SGDG
*ER*
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/walldj45/CIMG0023.jpg
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/walldj45/CIMG0024.jpg
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/walldj45/CIMG0033.jpg
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/walldj45/CIMG0025.jpg
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/walldj45/CIMG0031.jpg
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/walldj45/CIMG0029.jpg


It appears very similar to some Belgian french (Lefaucheux) pin-fires i see online. If anyone could provide help with Maker, value, age or rarity it would be helpful.

walldj45
September 30, 2010, 09:10 PM
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/walldj45/CIMG0033.jpg
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/walldj45/CIMG0036.jpg
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/walldj45/CIMG0035.jpg

arcticap
October 1, 2010, 04:02 AM
Here's an article detailing some of the long history of pinfire guns:

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/French+firepower%3A+way+ahead+of+its+time,+the+potent+Lefaucheux...-a0206957028

bedbugbilly
October 1, 2010, 09:23 AM
walldi45 - what you have is a "rare old pinfire boat anchor" - you'd probably have to pay a scrapyard to take it - so why don't you just box it up and send it to me? I'll reimburse the postage! :D

JUST KIDDING!!!! This is an interesting revolver and it looks like it is in decent shape as well. I've never been in to pinfire guns - owned a small pinfire double barrel side by side pistol one time though. But - the more I see of these, the more I really like them. You run across pinfire revolvers once in a while and I think they'd be interesting to collect. I think some of the smaller folding trigger ones are interesting as well. I wish I could help out with some info on this but will just have to settle for saying that it's a nice looking revolver and I hope you can find something out on it and that you'll let us know. Good luck and treasure it as it is interesting! Sincerely, bedbug :)

sebou
October 2, 2010, 10:47 AM
hello
It's look like a Mariette revovler, but i'm not sure. However, it looks very nice and rare. I did some seek before to post to you some informations, but i didn't found anything yet.
Are you sure of the mention *ER*
Belgium proof mark is "ELG"
Seb

Hawg Haggen
October 2, 2010, 06:48 PM
It doesn't look like a Lefaucheux. Sebou may be right.