Original French Ladies Small 7mm Pinfire Pocket Revolver with Leather Purse Holster circa 1860
Original item. Only One Available. This is a very nice French Pinfire Pocket revolver, in the relatively small 7mm pinfire cartridge. These were usually intended for personal protection, particularly for women, who required very small firearms to be able to conceal them with the styles of the day. The revolver features a fold away trigger to keep the profile small, and even has a lovely leather purse holster, with a typical clasp. This way it was both stylish, and hid the contents.
The pistol was likely made in France or the Belgian Gunmaking city of Liège, where many operations were making guns under contract to French makers. There is the marking LAM on the right side of the frame, as well as CROWN / R and STAR / M proofs on several locations.
The Pinfire system was the earliest form of "Cartridge" developed with a pin projecting out at 90 degrees to the cartridge case. When depressed by the falling hammer the cartridge discharged. At the time up against muzzle loading Revolvers these were revolutionary. Like most things by the end of the Civil War technology had moved on and in the late 1860's regular type cartridges as we know them today had been introduced.
This example follows the standard French style, with a 2 1/8 inch long barrel, and overall length of 5 1/4 inches. The revolver is totally nickel plated, with a fold-away trigger, and lovely checkered walnut grips. The condition is very good, and the revolver has a functional ejection rod and loading gate. The only issue the revolver has is that the trigger return spring is missing, so the trigger must be manually moved forward after dry firing.
A lovely little revolver, ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1860
Ammunition Type: Pinfire Cartridge
Overall Length: 5 1/4 inches
Barrel Length: 2 1/8 inches
Action: Double / Single Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
NOTE: International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.
This product is not available for shipping in US state(s)
This product is available for international shipping.
IMA considers all of our antique guns as non-firing, inoperable and/or inert. Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 921(a)(16) defines antique firearms as all guns made prior to 1899. This law exempts antique firearms from any form of gun control or special engineering because they are not legally considered firearms. No FFL, C&R or any license is required to possess, transport, sell or trade Antique guns. All rifles and muskets sold by IMA that were manufactured prior to 1899 are considered Antiques by the US BATF (United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms). Therefore, all of IMA's Antique guns may be shipped to all US States and most nations around the world.
These antique guns are not sold in "live" condition. They are sold as collector's items or as "wall hangers". Any attempt at restoring an antique gun to be operational is strongly discouraged and is done so at the risk of the customer. By purchasing an antique gun from IMA you thereby release IMA, its employees and corporate officers from any and all liability associated with use of our Antique guns.
Pre-1899 Manufacture, no licenses required, allowed to ship to almost any deliverable address across the globe. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.
- Not eligible for payment with Paypal or Amazon