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

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Spirlet Albert

This is a classic hunting rifle juxtaposed with external hammers and a semi-pistol butt.

The barrels are made of Damascus Bernard. I am not able to read the inscription in Cyrillic characters on the dealer's carrying case.

The markings:

EL: provisional test since 1852

ELG on star in crowned oval: acceptance between 1893 and 1968

NO FOR BALL: choke smoothbore barrel, in effect between 1878 and 1897

16. 8 and 16. 4: choked barrels cal in mm at 22 cm from the breech and at the mouth: in effect between 1898 and 1910. This means that the nominal size could be 16.

On this subject, there is a problem since we do not see - on the photos which were transmitted to us in any case - any mention of calibre. However, this mention was introduced in 1892 on the shape - for example - 70 by 20. 6, i. e. 70 mm for the length of the chamber and 20. 6 for the diameter after the optional test.

However, as mentioned above, the weapon was tested after 1893 and even in principle after 1898.

Peron: inspection since 1853.

M and Z under star: countermarks of controllers between 1877 and 1968.

U crowned: this punch cannot be that of a countermark of a controller between 1853 and 1877. But what is it then?

PW: unidentified

HB: we thought for a moment about a member of the Bernard family but we only know Emile and Léopold.

AS patented crowned: it could be Albert Spirlet, with the emphasis on the conditional since even if we find at the bottom of the link below the same brand AS crowned in Albert Spirlet's production, the latter was - to our knowledge in any case - specialized in revolvers, and not in shotguns.


Spirlet with removable plate

A Spirlet on restoration (2004)

Thanks to John W. for the photos.

The part manufactured to replace the guard of broken trigger.

Superb work!

Here it is after restoration (2007)

Installation of the new guard of trigger

The new front sight

The manufacture of the new hammer

And here is the weapon as it is presented now

Spirlet Albert

Quai de la Boverie, 5 à Liège

Belgian proof house of Liège 1912 – 1939.

Spirlet is known in Europe as being the inventor of the revolver to the screwed gun rocking upwards and behind (standard tip-up); in fact, this type of revolver was already disseminated before the project of Spirlet which remainder did not advance any claim.

Its patent 2107/1870 covered a system of locking and more particularly a system of ejection adapted to the revolver tip-up (Tip-up, revolver whose foldable gun can be reversed with the back.) where the pin of the axis under the gun finished in a large protuberance; after the opening of the weapon, a blow printed on this protuberance forced the plate of extraction which covered barrel to eject the empty cases.

Many tanks to "MAGAZIN ROYAL" for the pictures.

Photos Littlegun

Spirlet 1869

Revolver Tip-Up - Cal. 11.5 (45 ?)


With the proof marks, this gun were produce after 11 july 1893 et before 30 january 1894 By Charles Spirlet "arquebusier", Liège and son of Albert Spirlet "inventor" of the model in 1870 (patent date) himself son of Edouard Spirlet .

Photographs and technical details friendly send by J.Ph. D. with my grateful thanks.

Gun for the slaughter-houses with betails of Spirlet

Albert Spirlet

Apparatus kills cattle of Albert Spirlet directly related to the patent which follows.

If one refers at the date of filing of the patent which follows we can locate the manufacture of the apparatus after 1922.


Weight: 750gr

Gauge: 7.8.

The apparatus carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with modern powder of use of 1898 to 1968.

A spangled: against mark of the controller Mr. Woit Nicolas in service of 1911 to 1940.

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: in use after 1893.

The punch of the Peron of Liège: in use of the 16 06 1853 at our days.

AS in a crowned rhombus: punch used by Albert Spirlet.


Although the gauge is 7.8 mm, I recorded with precision the diameter of 7.56 mm in the gun.


Spirlet patent of this machine.

Revolver crowned

It is about a revolver vélodog hammerless with folding trigger, loading by side door, unloading using the rod being used as axis of barrel, grips with palmettos way ebony squared.


They are those of the proof house of Liège is:

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance post 1893;

P and AD spangled: countermarks of the controllers post 1877;

PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder lives post 1898

The manufacturer:

AS Crowned could be Albert SPIRLET. (Evoked on the site). He made use of several marks AS in a rhombus lying and crowned - AS in a rhombus laid down without crown - S in a rhombus lying and crowned.

I am unaware of the significance of D in a circle!


Photos Littlegun