Some of the most beautiful work of this craftsman, and many others, are in this book “Liège Gunmakers through their Work. 1800 - 1950”.

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Nicolas Lajot & Cie

Here is a magnificent juxtaposed shotgun with locks from Nicolas Lajot & Cie, engraved by B. Gillet.


Peron: inspection, since 1853;

Lion on PV: test with the powder without smoke, in force since 1898;

ELG on star in crowned oval: acceptance, since 1893;

16-70 in omega lying: nominal gauge and length of the casing, in force since 1924;

B under star: countermark of a controller: it acts perhaps of Charles Roland, active with the proofhouse of Liege between 1927 and 1959;

1kg195: weight of the barrel, in force since 1924;

X: annal letter for 1945

JF: almost certainly the initials of the gunner Jean Falla S. A. ;

17. 1 choke 16. 9: choked barrels, in force since 1924;

BF: not identified

The engraver is B. Gillet.

Unfortunately, we didn't find anything on him.

GP with the help of HPH.

Nicolas Lajot & Cie

The weapon

It is about a rifle of small hunting of the hammerless type to safety with slide of the Galand type with key “top lever”.

The lock is square and is decorated like the shells with an engraving in sheets with vine branches.

The juxtaposed barrels are smooth and of gauge 28/70.

The forearm is with push rod.

The system of trigger under trigger guard is double.

The stick out of wooden of walnut is worked “English”.

According to catalogue N.LAJOT, this weapon approaches the model n° 1 (see appendix). There is no model 11 in the catalogue which I have. The gauge imports little, since the purchaser could choose his gauge preferred among the range of rifles!


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

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

P spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.

Peron: inspection post 1853.

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

Small letter “g”: yearly letter of 1928 (year of manufacture).

28-70 in an omega lying: gauge nominal and length of casing, of use of 1924 to our days.

The manufacturer:

The knurled band connecting the barrels is marked N.LAJOT & Cie à LIEGE, which is the mark of LAJOT Nicolas street to the Horses, 33 in Liege, company registered with the proofhouse since 1925. He was patentee Belgian for a multiple barrel for shotgun.

13090: serial number.

SPECIAL POUR POUDRES PYROXILEES NITRO STEEL: indicative and optional mention indicating that the weapon is designed to use this type of sharp powder.