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THE JULIEN REVOLVER
J. Julien, of Liege, manufactured revolvers pinfire like that of the figure, where one can see that it is about a specimen of the Lefaucheux-Jansen model with a modification patented by Julien.
This one consists of the use of a door of loading which forms only one part with the back of the higher part of the carcass, which as we see opens to the top, or it swivels on a hinge.
Closing is obtained by a spring fixed at the carcass, with a point which penetrates in the door and blocks it. If one draws to the top of the small ear, one frees the spring and the door opens.
The shown specimen, in addition to the mark “J. Julien patented Liege”, carries the address of the salesman “Berthonnet street St Martin, Nº 50 in Buenos Aires”, and finely is engraved, with plates of ebony stick cut, it is preserved in its original case, with the accessories of cleaning.
JULIEN Joseph (Without any certainty)
It is obviously about a revolver pinfire ith open frame of Lefaucheux type 12 mm gauge.
The barrel with sides with the thunder becomes round to the mouth with a back sight probably raised to coincide with the bead (a simple slit) dug in the head of the hammer.
The metal rod slides in a guide integrated into the console and is maintained by a small leaf spring.
The loading is practiced by a side door dropping thanks to the action of an internal spring.
The cylinder not grooved is with six blows.
The stick consists of two plates out of wooden of drowning smooth and ends in a ring of cap.
The weapon carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:
Spangled ELG in a drawn up oval: final acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.
G and S crowned: they are countermarks of the controller of use of 1853 to 1877 what gives us the period of manufacture of the weapon.
Your mark is unfortunately extremely faded. I think of reading there a crowned JJ of which I am unaware of the significance unfortunately. It is not the first time that I meet this mysterious mark
With these two letters, I made a research in Who’s Who Arms manufacture of Liège and discovered several craftsmen being able to correspond in the dates of manufacture but it is only assumption:
JACQUEMART J. & Fils of Liège.Il deposit 1 patent in 1869.
JAMAR J.J of Liege, it deposits a patent in 1870.
JULIEN Joseph, manufacturer of weapons, street Nagelmackers, 3 in Liege. It deposits 5 patents of 1865 to 1876.
It would now be necessary to discover this mark on a weapon identified well in order to definitively solve this small enigma.
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