Dr. Jean Alexander Francois LeMat received patents in the U.S. and Belgium in 1869 that covered a centerfire version of his famous double barrel handgun that combined a revolver with a central shotgun barrel that also served as the cylinder pin. He also received patents in France. The 1869 patented LeMats have separate loading gates for the shot chambers and the revolver cylinders and utilize pivoting arms on the hammers in order to allow the hammer to strike the firing pins at the rear of the shot chambers. This example has no visible markings other than the serial number on the right side of the frame and a Liege ELG proof and the number "7" on the front cylinder face. The bottom of the frame has a lanyard ring. The shotgun barrel gauges approximately 20 gauge.
Good. The revolver has a mottled gray patina mixed with some mild pitting. The undersized grips are good with a minor chip missing (right panel) and numerous minor dings and scratches (heavier on the bottoms). The firing pin has been filed down. Mechanically fine.
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