Original U.S. Civil War Era Belgian 7mm Pinfire Double Action Pocket Revolver with Liège Proofs - c. 1858

Item Description

Original item. Only One Available. This is a very interesting Belgian Pinfire revolver, made very much in the French style. It looks to be in 7mm Lefaucheux pinfire chambering, double action with a 6 round cylinder. There are no maker markings anywhere on the revolver, just some proof marks and the E / L G / * in an oval marking of the Belgian Gunmaking city of Liège. During the U.S. Civil War, the area full of contractors producing guns for the export market, particularly to the C.S.A.. Many were already making guns under contract to French makers, so they already had all the designs and tooling on hand.

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 3 3/8 inch long barrel, and overall length of 7 inches. It features a fold-away trigger to make it easier to fit in a pocket, and less likely to catch on something when retrieving it. The revolver looks to originally have been produced in a bright steel finish, and now it shows a lovely matured gray patina on the exterior, with no major rust issues. The grips are in great shape, and have a lovely color, with no major damage or other issues.

Functionally, the revolver cycles well and works in both double and single action. It has good indexing with a crisp dry fire and good cylinder lockup. The bore is in excellent condition, showing a bright finish and crisp lands and grooves. The ejector works great, and the loading gate is present, and fully functional.

A very nice Belgian pocket revolver, most likely purchased by an Officer as a Back up Revolver in the Civil War. In lovely matured condition and ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1858
Caliber: 7mm
Ammunition Type: Pinfire Cartridge
Overall Length: 7 inches
Barrel Length: 3 3/8 inches

Action: Single / Double Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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