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Janssen Fils & Cie

This is a hammerless “hunchback” type revolver. The rifled barrel is round with an upper rectangular stripe and a crescent front sight. The power is provided by a right side door. The fluted cylinder looks like it’s five shots away. The calibre is .320. A safety is placed on the rear left flank. The plates of grips seem to me to be in gutta-percha or ebonite.

The weapon bears the statutory hallmarks of the Liège proofhouse, namely:

ELG * in a crowned oval: acceptance post 1893.

L *: countermark of the controller post 1877.

R crowned: striped gun, in use from 1894 to 1968.

PV surmounted by a stylized lion: smokeless powder proof, in use from 1898 to 1968.

The gun also bears the manufacturer’s mark, namely Janssen Fils & Cie rue Saint Gilles, 87 in Liège.


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