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



It is indeed a device that can be called: door alarm, henhouse alarm etc.

It’s not easy to tell how it works without manipulating it. This alarm was to be fixed to the door to be protected and then the spring system was armed and fastened to another part of the door frame presumably.

This is a piece from the Mahillon armoury in Brussels.

B.Mahillon House founded in 1836 and merged in 1968 with “La Maison du Chasseur”, Chaussée de Waterloo, 828 to 1180 Brussels.

This house still exists and is classified as “Supplier of the Court.”

Neither B nor H. Mahillon are on the test bench and do not appear to have had their own production.

This piece was sold by Mahillon who put his name on it but the manufacturer is and will remain unknown !!



Here is a shotgun juxtaposed to external hammers, "English" butt, push button forearm, top lever, from the house of H. Mahillon in Brussels.

The markings

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

Peron: inspection from 1853 to present day

Choke 18.2 and 18.3: choked guns, 1924 to 1968

12-70 in elongated omega if I saw correctly: nominal caliber and length of the chamber since 1924

1 kg 530: barrel weight since 1924

3540: Manufacturing number of the weapon

JF: Either Janssen Brothers, or Jean Falla...

JS: unidentified

D in vertical diamond: unidentified

U under a star: countermark of a controller between 1877 and 1968

Lion on PV: smokeless powder test from 1898 to 1968

C in circle: unidentified

X: annual letter of 1945... but I find it odd that a hunting rifle for outdoor hammers was still made in 1945... unless this letter x is not an annual letter...

The website mentions both B. and H. Mahillon.



(“H”. and “B”. Mahillon are already on this page, but L. Mahillon ????)

This is a curious 28-caliber gun.

Marriage between a shotgun and a gun.

Maybe a venery weapon?


Here is a small revolver of calibre .320 of good finish, folding trigger, short barrel, sold by the well known Brussels house H. Mahillon.

The markings:

BH (?) under the plates: probably a foundryman's mark

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

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

R crowned: rifled bore between 1894 and 1968

343: a number of manufacture?




Shotgun to percussion with locks behind and external hammers. Didn't the photographs enable me to determine the mode of opening?

The barrels are in beautiful English Damas.


They are the punches of the house of tests of Liege, only establishment recognized in Belgium for the test of the firearms. A weapon made in Brussels will carry the punches of Liege! In this case, the weapon carries some punches of Liege is:

Peron: inspection post 1853.

EL in cursive letters: provisional test post 1852.

Letter spangled illegible??: Countermark of the controller post 1877.

Punch ELG in an oval spangled of acceptance misses!?

Other marks

B.MAHILLON House founded in 1836 and amalgamated in 1968 with “the House of the Hunter”, roadway of Waterloo, 828 to 1180 BRUSSELS, supplier of the Court. Do not seem or more to have manufacture himself. No inscription known with the house of tests of Liege. I accept any information on this subject.

Monogram on the part of inch, it must act of initial of the first owner.

Crowned G.O.O: this mark does not say anything to me, perhaps also a mark of owner because it is about a crown of count to nine pearls.

JJH on the barrels: they are in my opinion the mark of the manufacturer of barrels but this mark does not appear in the register of the manufacturers of barrels of the valley of Vesdre.

The label in the case indicates a passage in BIRMINGHAM at W.W. GREENER what is in opposition with the punches of the house of tests of Liege. I do not have a satisfactory explanation on this subject.



Pistol of shooting or stand with rocker of the Flobert type seems to me it (not very clear photographs) with unrifled bore with eight sides and key of opening of the Lefaucheux type.

The manufacturer

With my humble opinion, the manufacturer is not H.MAHILLON A BRUSSELS with which the name is encrusted in gold wire on the barrel. This kind of luxurious marking was rather practiced by the retailer.

B. MAHILLON (a relative of H.MAHILLON?) career in 1836 started.

Its successor in 1968 amalgamates with the House of the Hunter fitted of Waterloo, 828 in BRUSSELS.

This house always exists and is classified “supplier of the Court”.

Neither B nor H. MAHILLON are registered with the bench of tests and do not seem to have had manufacture weapons.