Original Victorian Belgian Pinfire Revolver in Hard Case named to British Special Constable Pollaky - c.1865
Original Item: One of a Kind. This is a most interesting little Pin Fire six shot Revolver with folding trigger made in Belgium circa 1865. It is contained in a charming leather-covered hinged wood hardshell case, which is lined with purple velvet and satin. The exterior of the case bears in GOLD print the Coat of Arms of Great Britain, which is embossed into the leather. The case is in great shape, though the closure latch does not hold the case closed anymore.
The revolver is in very good used condition, with lovely patina. The gun bears the E / L G / * in an oval marking on the frame, the proof mark of Liège, Belgium. There are also Crown / U marks on various parts of the revolver. The revolver cycles nicely, with a tight lockup when cocked. The loading/ejection gate is still present and functional, and the screw in ejector rod is retained in the bottom of the grip.
The back strap on this little revolver is engraved:-
SP. CON. IGNATIUS P. POLLAKY.
Ignatius Paul Pollaky was a "SPECIAL CONSTABLE" who joined the Metropolitan Police in London in 1867 as a SPECIAL CONSTABLE. He led a covert Department named "DEPARTMENT X" to investigate foreign nationals who lived, visited, or passed through the United Kingdom until his retirement in 1882.
Born in Pressburg, Hungary in what is now Bratislava, Slovakia, in 1828 he moved to England in 1850 and started his own Private Detective Agency. His main client was HENRY STANFORD who had been appointed by PRESIDENT LINCOLN in 1861 to be U.S. Minister to Belgium but who co-ordinated the U.S. Secret Service operations concerning the supply of Arms and other materiel to the Confederacy. Pollaky became HENRY STANFORD's man in London. Once the Civil War ended so did Pollaky's lucrative employment by the
U.S. Government until the British Government offered him a similar covert role.
Presumably for personal defense this is a very smart little Pin Fire Revolver in a Gold inlayed leather case bearing the British Coat of Arms.
Fascinating and ready to display.
Year of Manufacture: circa 1865
Caliber: Approx 7mm
Ammunition Type: Pinfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 2 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 6 inches
Action: Single/Double action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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