Model: Flobert hammer breech
Caliber: 6mm flobert
Barrel length: 227mm
This is a classic example of the salon pistol with its characteristic Flobert hammer-breech system. The octagonal fluted barrel was supplied by Gilles Mariette, whose name is also stamped on the left-hand side of barrel. He was a well known Belgian barrel maker from the city of Liège. As was the case for most of the pistols made at the time, various parts were fabricated by third parties and assembled at the premises of the retailer or maker of the pistol. Most of these salon pistols were made as cheaply as possible. Not this one!
This example is an exceptionally ornate but the pistol could have come from any gunshop. Every metallic part of the pistol is extensively engraved, including the trigger guard, hammer, screws and the ‘skull crusher’. The majority of the engraved scenes are a mix of grape leaves and flowers which were popular at the time. These engraved decorations are also seen on the grips which are made of dark ebony wood. There are a variety of sights found on these salon pistols. Our example has simple fixed sights.
This salon pistol was probably made to order and has British and Belgian proofmarks. Interestingly, it has Floberts’ trade mark (lion with shield) stamped on the left-hand side of the barrel, together with a serial number.
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