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

For more detail see: LIEGE GUNMAKERS



Here is a rifle Comblain model 1882 of the Civic Guard recanned late (after 1924 in any case, even in 1946) for hunting by the house Ancion-Marx in Liege.

A very common practice.


Perron: inspection since 1853

0 kg723: weight of the barrel since 1924

Y: could be the annal letter of 1946

Lion on PV: test with the powder without smoke between 1898 and 1968

ELG in oval on crowned star: acceptance between 1893 and 1968

12-70 in omega lying: nominal gauge and length of the chamber since 1924

LLH: Laurent Lochet-Habran manufacturer of weapons and barrels

184 CHOKE 183: choked barrel

LAM in triangle: initials deposited in 1897 of the house Léopold Ancion-Marx in Liege

EL: provisional test since 1852

l, x, k under star: countermarks of controllers of 1877 to 1968.

Perhaps there are one or two letters with a number on it, from the body of the civic guard to which the weapon belonged.

The Léopold Ancion-Marx arms factory was active from 1890 until the second half of the 20th century and registered no less than eleven patents and seven trademarks from 1897 to 1933.

In the blessed era before the consumer society, when nothing was thrown away and the blast furnaces were not fuelled with weapons "that could still be used", decommissioned military weapons were extensively converted into cheap hunting/guarding weapons.



This firm had a very diversified production of guns.

They changed their  commercial names several times, as they advanced in business, that is to say:

Fabrique d’armes L.ANCION-MARX (1890-1935).

L.ANCION-MARX Fabrique d’Armes s.a. (1936-1940).

L.ANCION-MARX Fabrique d’Armes s.p.r.l. (1940).

It  used this mark below , registered on  12.10.1897.



Ancion Marx Léopold - Rue Grangagnage, 28-30 – Liège, Belgique. (1860-19..)

Registered with the Test Bench from 1890 to 1979

Death of Ancion Jacques 24.04.79


Ancion-Marx started in the years 1860 with revolvers based on Lefaucheux and then manufactured weapons of smaller calibers. Of "Vélo-Dog"type-caliber 5,5 mm or 6,35mm. To be able to sell them to various wholesalers, he invented (or used) various names. Unfortunately these names were not legally protected and weapons similar having the same name can be encountered, but produced by different firms.

These most known models are as follows:



Le Novo (this name used also by Bertrand and Galand).

Lincoln (this name used also by various manufacturers of Liege).

Milady (this name used also by Jansen Fils of Liège).

Singer There are two models of Singer, one 6,35 mm based on the Browning 1906 and one 7,65 mm based on the Browning 1910. They were apparently created in 1913 and are both marked "Automatic Gun 7,65 (or 6,35). Only the initials "AG" surrounded by a Crown and a half-circle, printed on the slide and the carcass, indicate the origin of the factory.

Teuf-Teuf. Also used by Arizmendi & Goenaga, probably about 1912-1913 but not resembling that of Ancion guns at all

Puppy. Model of the type "Vélodog", used also by at least five Spanish arms manufacturers, Calibers 5,5 mm, with solid frame, with no apparent hammer and with a folding trigger.

Velo-Dog. These are the usual models of revolvers with solid frame, of 5,5 and 6,35 mm, whith  only an "EA" stamp surrounded of a circle and stamped on the frame


Baby Hammerless

System S&W



Revolver "Drop System"


Bull Dog


Velodog "Baby"

Revolver type Nagant 1895

Revolver "Puppy" Ned. wapenmagazijn



Rifle Reinhart STAHL

Hunting rifle

"La Mignonne"

Warnant type rifle