Delvigne Henri Gustave

Here is a pistol well marked Delvigne, with a large and strong loading rod screwed into the handle and allowing the ball to sink. The particular shape of the butt almost at right angles is obvious, as is the plate.

In an article published in the Gazette des Armes in February 1998 (n° 285), Jean-Jacques Buigné made very well the rounds of the question, with mention of patent 12761 of June 1841, followed by patent 14665 of December 1842 which concerns more the gun that concerns us.

"The original plate is practically housed in the axis of the handle. It has a trigger that acts in front of the nut, which allowed the inventor to advance the trigger, shorten the frame and bring the center of gravity of the weapon closer to the hand. By placing the plate in the extension of the handle, Delvigne managed to strengthen the most fragile part of the weapon, while facilitating the handling of the weapon with one hand".

The wand of the copy under review is even more massive than that of the pistol presented in the GdA (note that the weapons appearing in the article of the GdA come from the collections of the Museum of Arms of Liège).

J.J. Buigné also points out that most of the Delvigne pistols (which were a great success after weapons enthusiasts), were manufactured in Belgium "in various forms ranging from ordinary pistols to one or two barrels to luxury weapons of great wealth". This weapon don't own any Liège punches.

Concerning Henri-Gustave Delvigne, see also:

GP, JJ. Buigné and HPH

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