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Pirlot & Frésart

This is a six-shot revolver, "12mm" caliber. (Probably a . 450) marked Pirlot and Frésart Breveté. It must date between 1879 and 1890. It is equipped with a pedal on the left to open (break) the revolver, allowing the collective extractor to eject the casings. This pedal is of course reminiscent of the Counet system.

Markings :

ELG on star in oval: acceptance between 1846 and 1893

N under star: countermark of a controller between 1877 and 1968.

Pirlot and Frésart Breveté: refers to the association between Pirlot Frères and Frésart which lasted between 1879 and 1890.

We know the name Pirlot as early as the end of the 18th century with C. J. Pirlot, active in Liege around 1789. Then there is an Eugène Pirlot between 1820 and 1850. We also find Pirlot Frères (Eugène and Gustave) between 1830 and 1879, who devoted himself to the arms of war from 1830. With a certain success since we know that in 1856, this "Society for the Weapons of War" tested no less than 40,335 barrels.

In spite of our research, we did not find, among the patents registered by Pirlot & Frésart in our possession, the one that could correspond to this weapon.

GP with the help of HPH

Pirlot & Frésart

This is a beautiful gold engraved PIRLOT & FRESART, LIEGE, BELGIUM velodog gun. The gun was initially intended to protect velocipedists (cyclist) from dogs; witch was much more of a problem at the end of the nineteenth century. Eventually however the guns became classed as self defence weapons. Most velodog guns have enclosed hammers and folding trigger was customary. The principal feature distinguishing velodogs from types of pocket revolver was the elongated cylinder chambered for the slender 5,5mm centre fire cartridge.

These guns have "mother of pearl" grip.

Pirlot & Frésart

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