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Emile Fraipont

It is a revolver with central percussion manufactured in Liège.

The 8-sided barrel is rifled, the front sight is missing.

The barrel with 6 strokes is splined.

The weapon is equipped with an articulated and pivoting rod.

The metal cap is only one piece with the console.

This weapon bears the marks of the Liège proofhouse, namely:

ELG* in a crowned oval: definitive acceptance after 1893.

Crowned R: rfled barrel, in use from 1894 to 1968.

L *: Controller’s countermark, in use from 1877 to 1968.

The gun also bears a crowned L mark which should be a foundry mark!?

EF on console: this is the manufacturer’s mark. In any case, it could be Fraipont Emile (1909-1912- rue Monulphe, 4 in Liège and author of two patents.


PD St "Prancing Horse" 390

Answer from the German Police Museum:

The marking was done by the Stuttgart police!

P. D. = (Polizei Direktion) Police Directorate.

The horse is the horse of Lower Saxony.

"St. " is the city of Stade

In appendix, a comparison of the marking with the coat of arms of the capital city of Württemberg.


Emile Fraipont

Here is a very classic Lincoln type revolver as (hundreds of) thousands have been manufactured in Liege. . 320 caliber, six shots, casings ejection rod in the axis of the barrel, Mauser type safety on the left.

The markings

R crowned: rifled bore in force as from January 30, 1894

ELG on star in crowned oval: acceptance as from 1893;

C crowned: unidentified; it cannot be a countermark of controller since these crowned countermarks were in force only until 1877; however, the revolver is posterior to January 30, 1894....

I also believe to distinguish twice an A under star but am not sure at all: countermark of a controller, as from 1877.

The initials EF could be those of Emile Fraipont, registered at the Belgian proofhouse of Liège from 1903 to 1927.


Emile Fraipont

It is about a shotgun top break to central percussion. The hammers are external and the barrels juxtaposed. Locks are “ahead” with double trigger under trigger guard. The stick out of wooden of walnut is worked “with English”.

The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of LIEGE, namely:

ELG* in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.

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

B* - N* and AV*: countermark controllers post 1877.

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

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

12 C in a rhombus: gauge, of use of 1898 to 1924.

Choke 17.4/18.4: chokes barrels: gauged in mm to 22 cm of the breech and the mouth, of use of 1910 to 1924.

P. 1K557.9: weight of the barrel which can draw from the powders without smoke (weapons smooth) Of use of 1892 to 1924.

D = 65 m/m/20.6: Length of the room in mm and diameter in mm after optional test with the powder without smoke. In use of 1892 to 1924.

The weapon also carries the following marks:

EAGLE with the open wings holding a rifle in its greenhouses and initial EF: mark of manufactory FRAIPONT Emile (BE 1903-1927) manufacturer of weapons street Monulphe, 45 in LIEGE. In 1903, it takes again the activity of LIEGEOIS Auguste (1892/1902)/1909 to 1912, it deposits two patents for firearms and automatic reference of the cartridge extractor in the weapons with fixed barrel and mobile breech. He is also the manufacturer of the famous revolver CLIC-CLAC!

Engraving with the fine gold representing PEGASE is unknown for me.

The mark ACIER MARTELE (STEEL HAMMERS) with cross hammers surrounded of letters LCCC (read so well) could belong to the manufacturer of barrels of rifle CAP J. street Jonruelle in LIEGE.

12204: serial number of the weapon.

I could not read the name of the engraver engraved with the fine gold on the lock??


Emile Fraipont

Revolver of pocket “hammerless” with central percussion and box frame of type “Vélo dog”.

The long cylinder is grooved and bronzed. It is with the calibre 6mm vélo dog.

The carcass is entirely marbled.

Loading is done by the right side door dropping thanks to the action of an internal spring.

Unloading is practiced using the articulated rod swivelling on an axis.

The short barrel is round and equipped with a front sight in half-moon. The heart is striped.

The right trigger is swell and pierced, it is folded up under the carcass.


The weapon carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

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

Spangled AL and M: countermarks of the controllers post 1877.

R crowned: rifled bore, of use of 1894 to 1968.

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


The mark in front of the left face of the console is not very readable, I believe to distinguish initial the EF which could be possibly allotted to the manufacturer of weapons Emile FRAIPONT street Monulphe, 45 in LIEGE. It was registered with the proofhouse of LIEGE of 1903 to 1927.

14647: serial number.

L crowned on the internal face of the barrel: is a mark of which nobody still could determine the exact significance. It does not belong to the proofhouse. It could possibly belong to a foundry of barrels??


Fraipont Emile

The arms manufacturer manufacturer Emile FRAIPONT street Monulphe n° 45 in LIEGE was registered with the bench of tests of LIEGE of 1903 to 1927.

In 1903, it takes again the activity of firm LIEGEOIS, Auguste and Co.

It is also announced by two patents deposited in Belgium in 1909 and 1912.

It makes use of the mark representing an eagle with the spread wings, holding in its claws a rifle, with the top of letters E.F. Trade Mark.

The weapon which makes leave E FRAIPONT anonymity is curious a small revolver with stick in fish tail called click-CLAC.

This weapon of pocket is declined in gauge 320 with central fire with 6 shots and of calibre 22 short with 6 shots also.

It measures 123 mm length for a 57 mm height Elle weighs 140 gr.

Its strange handle, in the shape of V, prolongation of the carcass, ensures a good catch in hand. It is done between the inch and the index and presses on the palm.

Mark click-CLAC is engraved above the closed framework of the barrel.

Isn't this weapon patented in Belgium!?

The punches of the bench of tests of LIEGE are also reproduced on the weapon.

The catalogue ALPHA of 1911présente this weapon to the sale at the price of 18 Bef.

GG & M.D.

Another CLIC CLAC received to "CW SLAGE ANTIQUE".

Emile Fraipont

Mark (of the manufacturer) EF or FF is hardly readable on photograph and leaves me in the doubt, FF does not appear in my documentation while EF could be the mark of the manufacturer of Liège Emile FRAIPONT (BE 1903/1927) street Monulphe, 45 in Liege.