Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 88: French "Le Merveilleux" Squeeze-Fire Palm Pistol

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Unique French "Le Merveilleux" Squeeze-Fire Palm Pistol with Attractive Raised Carved Grips

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Unique French "Le Merveilleux" Squeeze-Fire Palm Pistol with Attractive Raised Carved Grips

Manufacturer: French
Model: Palm Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 6 mm
Barrel: 3 inch round
Finish: blue/nickel
Grip: antique ivory
Stock:
Item Views: 470
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 85
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in the late 19th century. The barrel is attached to the trigger bar, and the weapon is fired by squeezing the bar, which pulls the barrel back, chambers a round, and then releases the firing pin, with the return extracting the cartridge. No maker's marks are present on the frame and barrel. Grips are beautiful raised carved antique ivory, with dotted background, raised floral and leaf designs, and a banner with "LE MERVEILLEUX" at the rear.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 50% plus original blue finish with the balance a mottled brown with mild pitting. 80% plus original nickel finish on the frame with some scattered patches of mild pitting. Grips are also fine with some light fading and some chips at the corners. Mechanically fine.



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