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Grandjean Léon

Here is a salon pistol made in Liège from the late nineteenth century with side ejector, calibre 6 mm Flobert, marked Grandjean, Renaissance stock, trigger guard with finger rest.

The markings

ELG on star in oval: accepted between 1846 and 1893;

X under star: countermark of a controller since 1877;

V under crown: London hallmark.

JD: We know those initials for Jean Duchateau, but he was active after the 1st GM (but the gun dates from before 1893), and that in luxury weapons. We also thought of Joseph Thomas Dessart, an armourer in Cheratte: he filed two patents, between 1886 and 1890, but they have nothing to do with either the rifle or the pistol. So mystery....

Grandjean : it is probably Léon Grandjean, registered in the proofhouse of Liège from 1863 to 1866, followed by Grandjean Léon & Cie (BE 1866-1868),

followed by Grandjean Léon (BE 1868- ?) probably the same person every time.

According to the marks recorded, the gun was manufactured between 1877 and 1893 at the latest.

GP with HPH

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