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Eugène Lefaucheux

Revolver 1854 called "Heavy Version". Flat oval heel and round bridge.

12 mm, 6 chamber pinfire.

Single Action mechanism.

The LF 111842 was probably made in Lefaucheux's workshops in Liège, in white, and shipped to Paris for assembly, finishing and marking in the workshops at 194 rue Lafayette.

The manufacture of this weapon is to be located towards the end of 1871 (October / November probably).

The number of assembly is a number + a letter and is present on the whole of the parts.....door, internal face of the cylinder, barrel, internal face of the breech, under the plates of grips.....

The easiest places, it is on the internal round of the loading door, or by keeping the door open and one makes turn the cylinder......

We are persuaded that these numbers and letter have a logic but has part its role of assembly marker we do not know.

Why a number and a letter, why not just a letter or just a number, mystery.......then we write them down and maybe one day we'll know what they're for!


Eugène Lefaucheux

This rifle revolver is with pin and open frame.

The cylinder is not grooved, the hammer is flat and the trigger guard with volute.

The sight is adjustable.

The English stick is in walnut.

The barrel is with 8 sides. The loading is done by the door located on the right side of the frame while unloading is practiced thanks to the metal rod fixed under the barrel.

Fasteners - strap are fixed on the barrel and the stock.

Photographs letting me see that only one mark of the proofhouse of Liege is spangled ELG in an oval which is the mark of acceptance of 1846 to 1893.

The mark of crowned manufacturer EL is that of Eugène LEFAUCHEUX.


Eugène lefaucheux

Revolver of pocket pinfire of caliber 7 mm, with folding trigger, recut peak of hammer and cylinder not grooved with 6 shots.

The rod is installed on the left of the barrel, this weapon is thus of a model later and answering the specifications of the patent n° 14955 of the 07.09.1863.

The completion in is luxurious with an engraving in hollow bottom and grips with engravings in molded horn or seem to me does gutta-percha about it?

All the part is covered with a fine gilded layer of which I am unaware of the origin (gold plating to the bath or other?).

This weapon carries the nickname of “left-handed” among the collectors although it is intended to the right hand.

Mention CHAMELOT et DEVIGNE Breveté refers to the first patents n° 12.861 of the 07.07.1862 and n° 13241 of the 27.09.1862 deposited in Belgium by it and their representative CH. FUSNOT in Brussels.

Although French, DELVIGNE made manufacture his weapons by companies of Liège such as PIRLOT Frères, FALISSE & TRAPMAN.

This weapon carries the EL crowned mark which is that of Eugène LEFAUCHEUX.

It also carries a punch of the proofhouse of Liege is spangled ELG in an oval which is the mark of acceptance, used of 1846 to 1893!


Eugène lefaucheux

The weapon

It acts of a traditional revolver, pinfire and open frame. The cylinder is full without grooves. The door for the cartridges is on the left-hand side of the carcass. The rod is aimed in the handle and the grips are in walnut dye sticks fixed by a screw at rosette. The trigger is folding without trigger guard.

The front sight is raised to allow the aiming when the hammer is armed.

The manufacturer

Crowned mark EL belong to Eugène Lefaucheux.


ARENDT Maurice, street Trappé, 8 in Liege were registered with the proofhouse of 1857 to 1889, it is the author of ten Belgian patents deposited of 1864 to 1885 in particular for improvements with the Lefaucheux system.


Eugène lefaucheux

Very scarce Degueldre - Lefaucheux pinfire revolver. Very interesting modification of the basic Lefaucheux design. The barrel assembly and cylinder moves 1.25 inch forward for unloading, when the lever located on the right side of the barrel is turned down. Unusual design of the frame without the loading gate, which was replaced by "L" shaped spring that secures cartridges in the cylinder.

Large frame, open-top design. Six shot cylinder.

Very nice dark walnut two-piece wooden grips with diamond checkering. Six inch long octagonal barrel.

Maker markings are present on the left side of the barrel housing, "Crown over EL" (Eugène LEFAUCHEUX). Right side of the barrel housing is marked, "Crown over X, DEGUELDRE BREVETE".

House of Liege proof is present on the cylinder.

English pressure test Birmingham proof marks are stamped on each chamber of the cylinder, as well as on the barrel. This may indicate that the revolver was manufactured for English market.

Single and double action.

Many thanks to “COLLECTIBLEFIREARMS” for the nice pictures.

Eugène Lefaucheux

Marking E.LEFAUCHEUX INV BREVETE (Patent) with the left thunder is without question the confirmation that this weapon comes well from the Manufactory E.LEFAUCHEUX

Located in LIEGE quay of Fragnée, n° 13 of 1867 to 1873.

The n° 203525 is a job number of not to doubt well that it is rather high!

If the series began with figure 1 that an idea of the production of this small factory gives us.

EL crowns 67: it is about a marking often raised on the weapons Lefaucheux of Liège.

The same mark with the n° 68 was also seen.

Is it about the mark of Liège of Eugene Lefaucheux as it had some for his factory in Paris?

It’s trying to believe it but confirmation will have to be awaited.

In the same way are figure 67 and then 68 years of manufacture??

The manufacture of Liege having started to produce in 1867 that seems probable. It would be necessary to be able to examine others weapons Lefaucheux of Liège to raise the dates and to confirm or cancel this assumption of them!

Invitation is launched to the readers!

Other markings belong to the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

ELG on star in an oval: final acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.

N under crown: countermark of the controller, of use of 1853 to 1877.

On the other hand, the partially unobtrusive oval mark struck between two parts of the carcass leaves me perplexed, it does not belong to the proofhouse and I’m unaware of the significance of it? 

Could this almost illegible mark be PIRLOT BROTHERS? (see below)


Mark of Pirlot !?

Eugène Lefaucheux

It is indeed about a revolver E.LEFAUCHEUX abundantly described on the site, will thus not return us there.

The weapons manufactured by the Manufacture d’Armes Eugène Lefaucheux (Manufactory of weapons Eugene Lefaucheux) quay of Fragnée, 13 in LIEGE (active of 1867 to 1873) always carry to the left thunder mention E.LEFAUCHEUX INV BREVETE (E.LEFAUCHEUX INV PATENTS) like this specimen.

The weapon carries moreover punches of the test of Liège, namely:

ELG on star in an oval: final acceptance of use of 1846 to 1893.

X under crown: countermark of the controller of use of 1853 to 1877.

Mark EL under crown was in my opinion, but I don’t have of it yet confirmation, the mark of Eugene Lefaucheux intended for the factory of Liege.

The fact that the barrel is in two parts is never considering, it thus remains to us the assumptions, namely:

- It is about a weapon intended for South America where the short barrel weapons were prohibited. Was the addition of an end of barrel to be screwed/unscrew to be sufficient so that the weapon passes the customs?

- It’s about an assembly intended to lengthen the barrel and to make a rifle of it?

Is there a mortise of fixing of a stick on the back part of the grips?