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

Alphonse Riga


Manufacturer: Alphonse RIGA street Simonon, 22 in LIEGE. It was registered with the proofhouse of Liege of 1877 to 1886. He is also an author of 3 patents and agent of 13 trademarks.

Year of manufacture: after 1888.

Barrel round - crucible cast steel - screwed in the carcass.

Front sight: dovetail fixed rectangular blade.

Carcass: closed, semicircular rampart on the left, notch of starting on the right with door of loading opening transversely using an internal spring.

Trigger guard: of oval form, fixed at the carcass by two metal screws.

Trigger: curved and smooth

Hammer: with fixed striker and squared peak

Rod: metal, swivelling on an axis.

Stick: steel mounting making block with the carcass

Plates: two silver plated metal plates (?) squared, maintained in place by a through screw and two rivet washers.

Loading: by grooved cylindrical cylinder with 6 rooms

External protection: weapon bronzed black.

Punches: no punch of the proofhouse of Liege is visible on the photographs.


GASSER PATENT: mean that the weapon was patented by Léopold GASSER (Austria).

GUSS-STHAL: crucible cast steel.

Cross keys: ignored significance.

Eagle with the open wings surrounded of letters A.R.: mark deposited the 11.05.1888 by RIGA, Alphonse (see above).

S ...... MARKE:??

Appendix: page of catalogue A.RIGA presenting a Gasser revolver.