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Lot 3220: Etched St. Etienne Mitrailleuse Palm Pistol

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Etched Manufacture Française d’Armes de St. Etienne Mitrailleuse Palm Pistol

Estimated Price: $950 - $1,600

Etched Manufacture Française d’Armes de St. Etienne Mitrailleuse Palm Pistol

Manufacturer: St. Etienne
Model: Mitrailleuse
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 8 mm
Barrel: 2 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: hard rubber
Item Views: 227
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 135
Class: Antique

The Mitrailleuse pistols (from "Grapeshot") were manufactured by Manufacture Française d’Armes de Saint-Étienne in the 1890s before being renamed Le Gaulois (native people of France as in the Gauls) in approximately 1897. The renamed model was manufactured until the second decade of the 20th century. The right side of the frame is marked "MANUFACTURE FRANCAISE/D'ARMES DE ST ETIENNE", and the left side has a three position selector switch with French markings. "MITRAILLEUSE" is marked on top of the barrel rib followed by a serrated dust cover. It has an etched pattern on the frame sides, serrations on the front, and a checkered panel of mottled red/black hard rubber numbered "3326" is on the casehardened operating bar. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the barrel, underside of the side plate, and on the inside of the action. The grip extension is numbered "45.55". Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 90% plus of the original nickel finish with a few scattered patches of minor flaking and crisp etching. The grip is fine with a minor chip absent from the bottom and otherwise minimal handling evidence. Mechanically fine.

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