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Godefroid A.

The weapon

European interpretation of the S&W n°1 3nd issue of calibre 22 RF, baptized BISMARCK, marked Patent on a side of the barrel and the initial ones on the body of the grips.


The punch G crowned is struck the cylinder and on the console and seems me to be the countermark of the controller of the ^proofhouse of Liege, of use of 1853 to 1877.

I did not find the punch of final acceptance “ELG on star in an oval

In use of 1846 to 1893, perhaps it is on the internal face of the cylinder.


The mark representing a vertical oval containing a crown and two letters which could be JL but without certainty, “could be” that of GODEFROID A. manufacturer of weapons, registered to the proofhouse of Liege of 1898 to 1913. (See the drawing in appendix).

And the dates you will say to me, they do not correspond! It is true. Who’s Who says to us that the factory of weapons of GODEFROID A. comes from the scission in two parts of the paternal factory (GODEFROID N. 1855/1885).

It is unfortunately the only mark being able to correspond to yours found in the file of the marks.

Mark BISMARK PATEND appears anachronistic to me and does not correspond to nothing known!

Perhaps is it about a late addition of a retailer?


A. Godefroid

It is about a double shotgun, the barrels in Damas of gauge 16 are smooth and juxtaposed.

They are also chokes. The round lock is with external hammers with key top lever.

The stick out of wooden of drowning is worked with English.

The metal parts are finely engraved with English also.

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

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

Peron: inspection post 1853.

N and S under star: countermarks of the controllers post 1877.

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

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

P 1K429,1: weight of the barrel which can draw from the powders without smoke (weapons smooth), of use of 1892 to 1924

D = 65mm/18.7 and D= 70mm/18.7: Length of the room in mm and diameter in mm after optional test with the powder without smoke. In use from 1892 to 1924.

Choke 16.4/17.0 and Choke 16.6/17.0: chokes barrels: gauge in mm to 22 cm of the breech and the mouth. In use of 1910 to 1924 (period of manufacture).

Mark A.GODEFROID Fabricant d’armes à Liège (Manufacturer of weapons in Liege) street of the University, 7 is of course that of the manufacturer of the weapon. It is about a company registered with the proofhouse of Liege of 1898 to 1913.


Many thanks to Jean Michel R. for the nices pictures