Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 48: Engraved European Brass Frame Pinfire Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2010

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,100 - $1,600

Engraved European Brass Frame Pinfire Revolver

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Pinfire
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 7.65 mm pin fire
Barrel: 3 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: nickel/brass
Grip: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 16
Class: Antique

No maker markings but a "crown/S" proof is present on the front of the cylinder and a Liege ELG proof and "crown/T" proof present between two chambers. Inverted "V" front sight with hammer notch rear sight. The frame (including the recoil shields and loading gate) is brass and was likely silver or nickel plated. The sides of the frame and the cylinder exhibit a scroll and leaf engraving on a matte background, with a dot engraving on the recoil shield edges and on the cylinder at the rear. A geometric line engraving is featured on the back strap and on the barrel at the breech, with the left side of the barrel lug having a floral engraving. The ornate butt is engraved with a scalloped line and dot motif. An iron ejector rod with brass head is mounted on the right side. The pistol has a folding trigger. Fitted with burled walnut two piece grips. Matching one digit serial number on the frame under the left grip, rear cylinder face, and on both grips.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel and cylinder retain period nickel finish with some light blustering on the barrel and some scattered minor pitting (mostly on the rear of the cylinder and at the muzzle). The frame has and attractive aged brass patina. The engraving is crisp. The grips are fine with some minor ding and scratches with most of the varnish remaining.

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