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
Laurent Lochet and his wife Jeanne Habran.
Exposition of Paris - 1900
Here is more than likely a flintlock slave rifle of Liège manufacture, relatively short but of strong caliber, . 92 or 23. 4 mm as indicated on the barrel.
LLH: Laurent Lochet-Habran, house founded in 1860 ;
EL: provisional test, from 1852 to our days;
Perron: inspection, from 1853 to our days;
O under star: countermark of a controller, between 1877 and 1968;
ELG on star in oval (the punch seems to me very new or in any case "different" from those which I saw until now, but I fear that my sight drops seriously......): acceptance, of use between 1846 and 1893;
FC: alas unidentified.
Shotgun to juxtaposed unrifled bores of gauge 12. The lock is of type hammerless and the key top lever.
d: yearly letter of 1925
The weapon also carries the following marks:
LLH and ACL in a circle are the trademarks of Laurent LOCHET-HABRAN already largely evoked on the site.
Marks 5 and TF do not evoke anything for me, perhaps acts it of markings of workshop.
It acts of a shotgun to central percussion and with sharp powder, locks hammerless, Greener closing, unrifled bores juxtaposed and chokes, key of opening Top lever.
They are the punches of the bench of tests of Liege is:
Spangled ELG in an oval crowned - acceptance - use of 1893 to 1968
Small letter g: yearly letter of 1928.
X spangled: countermark of the controller - of use of 1877 to 1968.
PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke - use of 1898 to 1968.
Peron: inspection - use of 1853 until today.
1Kg 374: weight of the gun which can draw from the powders without smoke (weapons smooth) to the gram - use of 1924 until today.
20-65 in large C: gauge nominal and length of the casing - use of 1924 until today.
25.481: job number of the weapon.
CHOKE 16.0: choke barrels: cal to 22 cm of the breech - use of 1924 to 1968.
A thing is certain LLH is the mark of Laurent LOCHET-HABRAN manufacturer of weapon and barrels of rifles with Jupille Liege.
From 1884 to 1897, the interested party deposited three Belgian patents concerning of the improvements to the shotguns.
Here is a rather unique gun built in Belgium sometime near the end of the 1800's (as near as I can tell). It is chambered for 9mm short rimfire and deeply rifled. This type of gun was built for shooting "inside" the house, normaly into a target set up in the fireplace with some wood or straw backing. The action is held shut only by the strength of the spring and the weight of the hammer. There is a small lock on the back of the hammer that is actuated by pulling the hammer spur. This was a very high grade gun in its day, with fine checkering and gold inlays on the sight slide. Double set trigger and a good finish throughout.
This weapon is a gun of living room of MARIETTE luxury manufactured for the shooting of precision, the system of aiming with small plank encrusted with gold attests some. It is in 9mm short, the gun is striped.
The weapon carries the punches of the bench of tests of Liege following:
Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance - use of 1893 to 1968.
Peron: inspection - use of 1853 until today.
Spangled BB: countermark of the controller - use of 1877 to 1968.
R crowned: rifled bore - use of 1894 to 1968.
LLH is the mark used by the company Laurent LOCHET-HABRAN & G brother and sister of Jupille. This company manufactured weapons and barrels under various corporate names of 1898 to 1951.
This company most probably and logically provided the gun of this weapon.
This mark very known, says to us can of thing since the MARIETTE, arms manufacture family with CHERATTE (Liege) during the 19th century counted many arms manufacturers in her rows. By deduction, the weapon having been manufactured by a MARIETTE after 1894 (see punches above) we eliminate old the MARIETTE not to keep that those active at the time is:
MARIETTE DIEUDONNÉ WITH CHERATTE – Proof house of Liège 1904/1922. This one is most probable since it deposited 26 patents of which various systems applicable to the weapons of living room.
MARIETTE E of Cheratte which deposits two patents in 1911-1912 for a tilting weapon.
MARIETTE-CERFONTAINE Dieudonné de Cheratte which deposits three patents of 1891 to 1908, for improvements with the rifles.
MARIETTE-DEUZE (BE 1894/1904)
In appendix, an extract of patent MARIETTE DD or figure this strange restraint system of the hammer.
Many thanks to Dave Young for the photos
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