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W. Ortmann

The weapon

It is about a revolver pinfire of the Lefaucheux type.

The weapon is equipped with a large knife probably folding bayonet manually under the barrel.

This one is with sides with the thunder and then round to the mouth with front sight in elevated barley grain.

The cylinder is grooved.

The stick in the pear shape consists of two plates seeming in moulded horn to be maintained by a transverse screw and two rivet washers with ears.

It ends in a ring of cap.


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

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

V crowned: countermark of the controller, of use of 1853 to 1877.

The manufacturer

The weapon is signed W. ORTMANN in LIEGE. Who’s Who arms manufacture of Liège announces us several arms manufacturers of Liège carrying this patronym but any fore-mentioned W (or V.V.)?

Call is launched to the readers scholars.


Last news: I have just discovered a F.W. ORTMANN with SOLINGEN but I am unaware of if it is about the same manufacturer.