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Title 45 calibre percussion pocket pistol, double barrelled
Nationality French
Period c 1850

Nice example of a French self-defence pocket pistol, which packs a fairly hefty punch, with a second shot in case of a misunderstanding with the first! Good quality burr walnut grip, damascus barrels and reasonable quality engraving to trigger guard, butt cap and frame.

There is no half cock on this pistol. It would appear to function on only one setting, ie at full cock. It was almost certainly made for a left-handed person as firing it with a right hand presents a minor problem in switching triggers which is not encountered when using the left hand. This is still clean enough internally to be an extremely reliable and effective weapon at close quarters.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Percussion Pistols : French : 19th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Thanks for the good and quick service! I tell other world war 2 collectors to buy at your shop!

A M, The Netherlands, 15.10.2011