Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3279: Engraved Auguste Francotte Adams Patent Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Retailer Cased/Marked Finely Engraved Auguste Francotte Adams Patent Double Action Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,500

Retailer Cased/Marked Finely Engraved Auguste Francotte Adams Patent Double Action Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Francotte A
Model: Double Action
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 4 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 455
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 156
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in the mid 19th century, the sides of the frame and barrel have 50% coverage floral scroll engraving. The right is marked "ADAMS PATENT No 13519" and with Auguste Francotte's "crown/AF" mark. The left of the frame is marked "ADAMS/1851/PATENT" and the top of the barrel is marked "MANUFD BY A. FRANCOTTE LICENSED BY R. ADAMS & Co LONDON". Fitted with a checkered walnut grip with contrasting starburst carved ebony butt. Includes a hardwood case with Deane, Adams, & Deane interior retailer label, brass flask, bullet mold, cap tin, cleaning rod, and small pouch of projectiles.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 80% plus bright original high polish blue finish and 40% original nitre blue with the balance having thinned to mix of smooth grey and plum brown patinas with a patch of pitting visible on the cylinder. The grip is also very fine with a couple scattered minor blemishes in the overall crisp checkering and a couple minor chips in the grip cap. The cylinder pin does not lock in place, otherwise mechanically fine. The case and accessories are all fine.



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