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Old 10th August 2018, 10:38 AM   #1
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Default Marriette Early Percussion Revolver

Up for consideration here is an early revolver type pistol.

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Scarce French Mariette Percussion Revolver by “Devisme”. Five 41/4 inch, 80 bore screw off barrels. Breech with straight nipples Rounded steel body with scroll foliage engraving. The top with gilt filled maker’s name “Devisme A Paris”Steel grip frame stamped “Mariette Brevette”. Steel ring trigger. Polished bag shaped grips. Action AF.

My stats:
Weight: 1lb 8oz (0.68Kg)
Bore: .38 inch (9.6mm), 80 bore?
Length overall: 9 inch (22.5cm)
Barrels : 4 1/4 inch (11cm)

Foliage engraving on body and backstrap. Numbered barrels and corresponding mounts. Two proof maks on rotating portion of the action. Gilt makers name on top of Body, “Devisme A Paris”. Underside of grip frame stamped “Mariette Brevette”.

The pistol is just about in working condition. The action is worn and unreliable but there is nothing actually broken or missing. The barrels unscrew and are numbered to match up with numbers on the mounting.
Can anybody give an accurate date for this and any info on the maker and proof marks? I believe that Mariette is the patent holder for this particular type of revolver
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Old 10th August 2018, 12:00 PM   #2
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The punch of an oval with ELG is the test punch of the Liege Test Bank (Epreuve LieGe). Regarding the date, the only thing that can be said is that the oval was added a crown, but that this punch was still used in small weapons, pistols or fist weapons. In any case, the attribution is early, 1830-1840. It is my humble opinion

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Old 10th August 2018, 12:03 PM   #3
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The 4 notches in the mouths of the barrel is to put the screw-unscrew tool, obviously
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Old 10th August 2018, 12:41 PM   #4
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The early 30s is when French and English patents were filed and soon the American Ethan Allen patents. The Allens began with round stock, with fluted barrels coming along later.

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Old 10th August 2018, 05:39 PM   #5
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This pepperbox shows the mark "AF" (Stöckel 1244, p. 395) which stands for its maker Auguste Francotte, working at Liège in the years between 1810 and 1866. The Devisme signature stands for F.P. Devisme, gunmaker and dealer in Paris 1834-1859. He obviously bought this gun from Auguste Francotte and sold it after having signed it with his name.

Since 1853 normally proofed muzzleloaders in Belgium got the ELG mark without a crown, all guns which had been proofed with a stronger load had the ELG-mark with a crown.
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Old 10th August 2018, 08:07 PM   #6
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I have a publication of Liege's Test Bank "Official Hallmarks of the Proof House for Firearms (1672-1968)" where the ELG punch appears as a mark of acceptance from 18.3.1811 until the year 1898, and still. There is the same punch, but smaller, as a mark of acceptance from 8.9.1846 to 11.7.1893. E. The ELG punch with the crown appears as a mark of acceptance from 11.7.1898 until 26.2.1968.

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