Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1331: European Pinfire Combination Short Sword Revolver with Sheath

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Rare European Pinfire Combination Short Sword Revolver with Sheath

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Rare European Pinfire Combination Short Sword Revolver with Sheath

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Pinfire
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 9 mm Pinfire
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: ebony
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 282
Class: Antique

This truly unique combination pinfire short sword revolver was manufactured in Belgium. The overall design of this weapon follows T.A. Rauh's 1866 American patent, integrating a double action pinfire revolver into the guard and hilt sections of a short, possibly artillery pattern sword. While arms of this type were never issued by an army, these combination weapons became popular among the officer corps of Europe as a private purchase weapon. 20" long double edged spear point blade, with a short back clip and double fullers running nearly the full length. The top strap of the revolver section is marked "H.G.&F./BREVETLS" on the left side, with Liege proofs on the cylinder, barrel and ejector rod running along the right side of the blade, partial trigger guard, smooth trigger and checkered grips with finger grooves. With a black leather sheath, fitted with gilt brass tip and throat.

Rating Definition:

Very good, showing a few dark spots on the otherwise bright blade. Traces of original nickel finish remain on the revolver/hilt section with a mixed brown and gray patina. Grips are very good as period repaired, with mended cracks on each panel. Sheath is good, with some light scuffing and wear. Trigger spring needs adjustment, otherwise mechanically good. A very interesting and scarce pinfire combination sword revolver.

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