The weapon

It is about a shotgun of gauge 12 with central percussion and juxtaposed barrels.

The hammers are external and the key of opening (Top lever) is placed between those. The stick out of wooden of walnut is worked with English.


They are the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

ELG on star in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.

Peron: inspection, of use of 1853 to our days.

NR - AE - M: spangled, they are the countermarks of the controllers post 1877.

PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, of use of 1898 to 1968.

EL in English letters: provisional test, of use of 1852 to our days.

CHOKE 18.4 - 18.5: chokes barrels : gauged to 22 m of the breech, of use of 1924 to 1968.

12-55 in an omega: gauge nominal and length of the casing. In use of 1924 to our days.

1Kg581: weight of the barrel which can draw from the powders without smoke (weapons smooth) except for the gram. In use of 1924 to our days.


W. BARTLETT - LIEGE does not have anything of Liège in spite of appearances. Indeed this name is not reproduced on any file of references. With my opinion, it is about a foreign tradesman (English or American) who will have made strike his name the weapons of his order near an arms manufacturer of Liège who voluntarily remained anonymous.

01447: serial number.

JPW (?): I had difficulties in read these initial; consequently I did not find anything of similar in the files to the manufacturers of barrels of rifles.

TC.G2: ignored significance.