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It is about a revolver of the type “Top Break” (Barrel rocking downwards). Its opening is practiced while pushing on a key located on the left side of the weapon. The cylinder is engraved reasons with Birmingham rollers like the carcass! The grips consists of two plates in bone connected by a central screw, it ends in a metal cap and a bored screw having in theory to support a (missing) ring of fastener.
The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:
ELG* in an oval: acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.
T*: countermark of the controller, of use of 1877 to 1968.
The weapon also carries the following marks:
7136: classification of the weapon.
AF: mark of the manufacturer Auguste Francotte universally famous!!
COUNET Bte in a rhombus: mark of the manufacturer Counet, Philippe. Prolific inventor by the deposit of 16 patents of 1871 to 1901. It was domiciled in Saint-Rémy of 1871 to 1885) with Blegny-Trembler of 1888 to 1887 and then in Liege street Monulphe, 53 in 1901.Il worked with various arms manufacturers like Bierhoff JC, Diet M, Levaux-Stas D.
It also worked for the firm Auguste Francotte in Liege as the mark struck the weapon testifies some.
"Model" Counet Philippe
Here is a revolver with six shots, of unspecified large calibre (undoubtedly a .450), bone plates, metal of poor quality, ornaments of poor workmanship.
Finger bridge with finger rest.
The revolver opens by means of a pedal on the left, probably resulting from one of the patents deposited in 1871 by Philippe Counet.
There is a "Patented" mention, but no name. As the weapon dates from after 1893, it was probably no longer necessary to mention the name. . .
ELG on star in crowned oval: acceptance between 1893 and 1968
P under star: countermark of a controller between 1877 and 1968
24 is probably a foundry number.
This revolver with top break was manufactured by arms manufacturer COUNET Philippe.
Registered with the proofhouse of Liege of 1865 to 1905
The patent when to him belongs to Bayet Fréres as indicated on the weapon!
But the opening to crack thanks to the system of closing to two pedals is a patent of COUNET.
Restauration by Marcel : See restoration 10
This revolver of the BULLDOG type was invented by gun maker COUNET Philippe.
Registered with the Liege Proof house from 1865 to 1905
This gun was manufactured in various centerfire calibers :.320 - .380 - .450 and even .500 !!
In 1892, Auguste FRANCOTTE prices went from 22 Frs (0,55 Euro) to 23,85 Frs.
This weapon would have been patented in 1876.
It was also manufactured in a larger version with military vocation, being inspired partly by WEYBLEY and aiming more particularly at English officers.
The extraction is achieved by the break-open closing system with two levers patented by COUNET.
The silhouette of this revolver resembles indeed very extremely the revolver invented by Philippe COUNET, registered to proof tests of Liege of 1865 to 1905.
The weapon was patented in 1876 and was manufactured in the gauges 320 - 380 - 450 and even 500, in particular by Auguste FRANCOTTE. The extraction with crack is done thanks to a system of closing to two pedals, patented by COUNET.
Revolver 12 shots caliber .22 short
This is a top break Centerfire revolver inspired by the Webley. The extraction is achieved by the two pedals closing system patented by COUNET in 1876.
The gun maker Philippe COUNET was from SAINT-REMY ( Liege area). He operated in Liege, 53 rue Monulphe. From 1871 to 1901, COUNET recorded no less than 16 patents , including the revolver described here.
This gun was manufactured by FRANCOTTE (see site) , this company having certainly the means to better manufacture this gun in quantities.
In 1892, FRANCOTTE was retailing it between 22,00 and 23,85 belgian Franks. Its vocation was especially a military one , aiming more particularly at English officers
It was offered in several gauges from .320 to .500 !!
COUNET was not associated to FRANCOTTE, perhaps he sold a manufacturing licence or another arrangement whose terms we are unaware of.
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