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It is about a copy of Liège of a revolver COLT 1851 Navy with percussion (cap & ball). The weapon of which description is not any more to make would be “BROOKLYN BRIDGE” name given because of the coarse engraving of boats on the cylinder. These weapons were manufactured in LIEGE to the war 1914. They were intended for export and more particularly the Turkish market.
The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of tests of LIEGE, namely:
ELG* in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.
Superimposed and spangled AT: countermark of the controller post 1877.
The weapon also carries the following marks:
LEPAGE A LIEGE: this firm well-known inhabitant of Liège was taken again by KAUFMAN Jules in 1890, this last A nevertheless kept the mark.
Crowned JK: mark of factory from KAUFMAN Jules, street of Augustins, 26 in LIEGE. It was registered with the proofhouse of 1890 to 1914.
I could not decipher the words engraved on the top of the console. It is probably about the corporate name of a foreign retailer?
Herewith: logo on a letter of the company.
KAUFMANN Jules & Cie.
Manufacturer of weapons.
Rue des Augustins, 26 Liège (29/11/1899).
House founded in 1790.
Old house Lepage.
Deposit manufacture marks.
N° 794 – Liège 06/10/1896
N° 957 – Liège 29/11/1899
N° 1058 – Liège 31/10/1901
N° 1128 – Liège 26/02/1903
Deposit belgian patent.
n° 109122 - 16/03/1894 Amendments with dismountable barrel rifles.
n° 122597 - 08/07/1896 Safety applied to the trigger of the revolvers.
n° 129020 - 09/06/1897 Revolver without gas loss.
n° 153585 - 06/12/1900 Improvements with the rifles Martiny imitation.
n° 161932 - 07/03/1902 New closing of revolvers.
n° 164900 - 31/07/1902 System of assembly of the two barels of the shotguns. n° 185053 - 02/06/1905 Extractor-ejector for tilting barrels weapons
Kaufmann Jules et Cie
Without the photographs of the weapon complete, difficult to give a description of it.
I then however to say that it is about a shotgun to double barrels, juxtaposed, smooth, of gauge 16.
The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:
X and AE spangled: countermarks of the controllers post 1877.
Peron: inspection post 1853.
PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, of use of 1898 to 1968.
16 C in a rhombus: gauge, of use of 1898 to 1924.
Choke 16.2/16.7 and 16.7/16.8: chokes barrels: gauged in mm to 22 cm of the breech and the mouth. In use of 1910 to 1924.
D = 65/18.0: Length of the room in mm and diameter in mm after optional test with the powder without smoke. In use of 1892 to 1924.
P = 1K 59. (?): Weight of the barrel which can draw from the powders without fume (smooth weapons). In use of 1892 to 1924.
Period of manufacture of the weapon: between 1910 and 1914.
Letters ACL in a circle: mark of factory of Laurent LOCHET-HABRAN in Jupille (Liege) manufacturer of weapons and barrels of rifles. From 1884 to 1897, it deposited three arms patents (See more on our site).
Condor with the wings spread with mark CONDOR: it is about a trade mark the 05.12.1911, by the manufacturer of weapons KAUFMANN Jules and Co, street of Augustins, 26 with
Liege. This company was registered with the registers of the bench of tests of Liege of 1890 to 1914.
STEEL COCKERIL: type of steel of Liège used by LOCHET to manufacture the barrels.
Official test for powder without smoke: advertizing indication. Without more comments.
16198: serial number.
Jules Kaufmann & Cie
Revolver of Liège of the type "velo-dog" with external hammer and folding trigger.
This type of weapon was manufactured in hundreds of thousands of specimens by industry of Liège.
The crowned J.K. belongs to the manufacturer Jules KAUFMANN & Co street of Augustins, 26 in Liege and registered with the bench of test of 1890 to 1914.
Mark VEL struck by manufacturing indicates that it acts of a velodog.
Manufacturer of weapons.
Rue Jonfosse, 65 Liège (22/09/1890).
Rue Jonfosse, 127 Liège (23/08/1894).
Rue Jonfosse, 127 Liège (03/01/1896).
Manager of the company Jules KAUFMANN & Co.
Rue Jonfosse, 65 Liège.
Old house LEPAGE.
Rue des Augustins, 26 Liège (23/08/1902).
N° 538 – Liège 22/09/1890.
N° 718 – Liège 23/08/1894.
N° 771 – Liège 03/01/1896.
N° 809 – Liège 23/11/1896.
N° 810 – Liège 23/11/1896.
Deposit Belgium patent.
n° 097767 - 18/01/1892 Improvements brought to the Gerard revolvers and others to dismount with the hand.
n° 098331 - 11/02/1892 Closing of revolvers.
n° 098332 - 11/02/1892 Closing of revolvers.
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