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

For more detail see: LIEGE GUNMAKERS


Lepage (brothers) Henri and Perrin Arquebusiers-fabricants in Liege, Belgium from 1823-1860.

Then came the arms manufacturers whose warehouse was located at 12 rue d'Enghien in Paris in 1856.

Personal note of Guillaume : the deposit seems to exist before this date of 1856, since on the barrel of a revolver model 1854, the LF 272 (of the 2nd half of 1855), one can read "Lepage frères, 12 rue d'Enghien in Paris".

(See on the the very nice site of Guillaume (another collaborator of Littlegun) :

Here is a revolver for pinfire cartridges of unspecified caliber which was of beautiful invoice. The barrel is extended by a part ending in "u" to ensure its attachment to the frame by means of two screws.

On the barrel one deciphers (with difficulty) Fabrique Lepage Frères in Paris rue d'Enghien 12.

The markings :

AJ under crown: not identified

EL under crown: the factory of E. Lefaucheux located in Liege;

ELG on star in oval: acceptance between 1846 and 1893;

G under crown: countermark of a controller between 1853 and 1877.

I admit that I don't see very well the link between the Lepage Frères factory in Paris and the Lefaucheux factory in Liège......

GP with the help of HPH


Here is a revolver manufactured by Lepage Frères on the basis of a patent deposited by N. J Dessard fils.

The markings :

ELG on star in oval : acceptance between 1846 and 1893

X under crown : countermark of a controller between 1853 and 1877

Acier fondu : the type of steel used.

LF sur lion: the trademark registered by Lepage Frères (unfortunately I don't have the date of registration, see below). However, there is a "problem" since according to the "Who's Who of the Liège armoury", Lepage Frères was entered on the proofhouse between 1857 and 1868. However, as we will see below, the patent of the revolver was deposited in November 1871....

To complicate matters: Jarlier and Buigné write:

"Lepage Brothers Henri and Perrin: harquebusiers-fabricants in Liege 1823-1860. Then came the arms manufacturers whose warehouse was in Paris. (…) trademark registration on December 24, 1859" (without specifying where the registration took place; I also do not know how this trademark is presented, in other words whether it is the one that appears on the revolver).

Finally, Stockel speaks of "Charles Lepage, active between 1823 and 1868, probably the son of François Lepage. Worked with his brother Alphonse between 1857 and 1868 under the name Lepage Frères. Probably died in 1868".

NJD Patented: see link : DESSART

This is an application of the patent 029659 of November 23, 1871 filed by Nicolas Joseph Dessard fils, active in Herstal between 1871 and 1873, which appears on the Lepage Frères page above.

GP with the help of HPH.


Registered with the proof house of Liège from 1857 to 1868.

On sale at "MAGAZIN ROYAL"

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Revolver with central percussion with top break of gauge not communicated. The barrrel-cylinder unit related to the carcass by a screw-pivot, rocks forwards when one actuates the button of opening placed on the left at the top of the carcass. Rocking is intended to facilitate the loading/unloading since there is no door. This rocking actuates a visible metal strip under the console and which takes support on before trigger guard to push back the star extractor.

The system is with simple and double action and the hammer is rebounding. The rifled bore is with sides with a higher edge.

The grips consists of two plates in bone seems to me it because the bone yellowed into growing old while the ivory remains white. These plates are maintained by a transverse screw and two brass rivet washers.

The weapon is covered with a pretty engraving of foliage.


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

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

H spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.

The weapon was thus manufactured between 1877 and 1893.


NJD BTé: it is about the mark of the Master-arms manufacturer Nicolas Joseph DESSARD son domiciled in Herstal street of Aigneux, 183.


ECU containing a drawn up lion and the initial LF belongs to manufacturer LEPAGE Frères, to see heading of letter of this firm in appendix.

5146 Probably a serial number?

The patent 

This weapon is the subject of the patent n° 029659 of the 23.11.1871 for a system of closing and extraction for revolver. See drawing of patent in appendix.



Registered with the proof house of Liège from 1857 to 1868.

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