The Gaulois was manufactured from 1895 to around 1912 and operates on a "squeeze fire" action with an internal magazine. The pistol has near full coverage basket-weave pattern etching. It has a single bead sight on the barrel rib which is marked with the company trademark and "GAULOIS", a sliding dust cover marked "2", "CAL." and "8 m/m" on top of the frame, the round company emblem on the right side plate, "2" on the bottom of the frame, a three-position "SURETE/FEL/DECHARGEMENT ET DEMONTAGE" (safe/fire/unload) safety switch, and a hard rubber plunger pad marked "1164" on the left. The matching serial number is on the bottom of the barrel, interior of the frame, and inside of the right sideplate.
Very fine, retains 97% plus of the period reapplied nickel finish with a few scattered patches of very light pitting visible beneath the finish and well-defined etching overall. The grip is also very fine with some light wear. Mechanically excellent.
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