Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1238: Engraved French "Le Merveilleux" Squeeze-Fire Palm Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

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

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

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

Manufacturer: French
Model: Palm Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 6 mm
Barrel: 2 7/8 inch round
Finish: blue/nickel
Grip: plastic
Stock:
Item Views: 335
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 183
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. The frame shows flourishes of floral scroll engraving scattered throughout and is marked "P.I.BREVETE/S.G.D.G." on the bottom. Grips are beautiful relief molded plastic, with dotted background, raised floral and leaf designs, and a banner with "LE MERVEILLEUX" at the rear.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 60% of the original blue on the barrel and 98% plus of the period replated nickel on the frame and other components with some light pitting visible beneath the finish. The grips are also very good showing an attractively aged appearance and retaining much of the contrast enamel. Mechanically very good.



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