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B Dozin

 Here is a beautiful garden rifle with two superimposed barrels, one in 6 mm with rifled barrel, the other in 9 mm with smooth barrel. Beautiful squares, neat finish, a beautiful piece! Not uncommon either, other gunsmiths have also made them. There is no selector switch (this exists on other models of Mariette rifles), so if both barrels are loaded, both shots will fire at the same time.

The weapon is based on one of the many patents registered by Mariette (Dieudonné?). and manufactured in Liege as attested by the punches. It was sold in Paris by the famous house H. Fauré Le Page.

We also see the name of B. DOZIN.

We're not making much progress, but here's at least a second weapon with that name.

The markings

84 and 94 or is it 8. 4? In this case, it could be the diameter of the lower barrel, for the 9 mm Flobert.

As for 94. . . a production number?

Crowned LR: it could be Lambert Rouma's initials, see HERE

Thank you posthumously to Guy Gadisseur.

T under star: countermark of a controller between 1877 and 1968

Perron: inspection since 1853

R crowned: rifled bore (that of the top), between 1894 and 1968; the weapon is thus posterior to 1894.

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

Mariette Breveté: I presume it is patent 079490 filed by Dieudonné Mariette on November 10, 1887, but I am not at all sure. Especially since from here I can't feel if there's actually a spring in the ejection system...

This is the patent in question.

I have the impression that there must be a patent of Dieudonné Mariette prior to this one, without the springs, but I have not - yet - found it.

GP with the help of HPH and MAX.

B Dozin

Who knows this B Dozin, a Flobert gun gauges .22 striped, yes, but a transformation into pistol with percussion, why, and for which?

No punch is reproduced on this gun if it is not the name and four traces of file on almost all the parts including the grip.

In Who’s Who, one finds a Mathieu Dozin well but it is all.


Dozin is not listed in Der Neue Stockel.

Probably B. Dozin was the manufacturer of the barrel only.

The gun was designated for 6 mm Flobert or 5.5 Bosquette cartridge, since the barrel is rifled (=rayé) and had a spring operated shell extractor.

I think this parlorgun may have suffered a broken extractor once upon a time and was then transformed to percussion, in order to start a second life in the colonies.

In the French and Belgian colonies in South America and Central Africa percussion guns were being used well into the 20th century !  Large quantities of percussion guns of all sorts were being exported to these parts of the world, some after WWI.

Metalic cartridges were used by Europeans only and therefor were scarcely available in the colonies.