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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J.L. Leclercq & Cie

It acts of a single stroke rifle and with crack opening thanks to the action of a key known as “serpentine” placed on the right side of the breech.

Although that is not notified in the request, I think that this weapon is with annular percussion in 22LR.

It carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

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

Spangled BB: countermark of the controller post 1877.

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

104: should be a serial number.


The partially unobtrusive mark is J.LECLERCQ.

Many arms manufacturers of Liège carried this patronym at the XIXe century of which:

LECLERCQ Joseph, arms manufacturer with SAINT REMY (Liege) who deposited two patents of 1859 to 1886. This one seems to me quite former to the present weapon.

LECLERCQ J.L. & Co in Liege which was registered with the proofhouse of tests of Liege of 1890 to 1891.

It corresponds better in the dates.

In appendix a rifle LECLERCQ manufactured by company J.B. Rongé in Liege.

This type of weapon was manufactured in great quantity by several arms manufacturers of Liège and is of rather reduced value.