Dreyse & Collenbusch needle fire
The measurements are in Rheinische Zoll (= Prussian, German Inches).
Those are about
10% bigger than British Inches. The metric system was introduced with the Convention
in 1875. from John Walter's book, The Rifle Story, page 48
The measurements are in Rheinische Zoll (= Prussian, German Inches). Those are about 10% bigger than British Inches. The metric system was introduced with the Convention in 1875.
from John Walter's book, The Rifle Story, page 48
Cal: 0,35 12 Gran Pulv:
v. DREYSE SÖMMERDA.
Dreyse Needlefire Double Action
serial #5215, caliber .38 Prussian, those are about 10% bigger than British Inches, 4" swamped octagon barrel with v. DREYSE SÖMMERDA on top flat, very good bore which shows strong rifling but with a few very light pits. The metal surfaces on this very rare revolver are an overall bright pewter gunmetal patina showing remnants of light oxidation and near overall light pinprick pitting. On the left and right of frame showing light engraving which continues on to the bottom of the frame, bow of the guard and the trigger guards front extension. The right side of the frame shows the caliber and load marking "Cal: 0,35"-12 Gran Pulv". The checkered walnut one-piece grip rates very good as well with minor dings and handling marks from the years, the lanyard loop is intact. The cylinder is numbered to a different gun however it fits and times very well, A extremely rare loading lever is included, numbered "5555". The revolver with the seldom surviving needle functions well mechanically and is a very interesting and very rare piece of firearms history.
revolver with attached loading lever
Cal: 0,35 12 Gran
v. DREYSE SÖMMERDA.
in cocked position needle visible between lock and cylinder
serial# 5409. Caliber .35″ German = circa .38” American. Dreyse made relatively few needle fire revolvers, and not many survived the wars. This example has a 4″ octagonal barrel with an adjustable front sight and a fixed rear sight. The top strap reads v. DREYSE SÖMMERDA. The serial# 5409 appears within a light scroll on the left side of the frame while the caliber designation “Cal: .35″-12 Gran Pulv”, again with scroll highlights, is on the right frame. It is covered by the attached loading lever which is the first time in 50 years of collecting I see it present. A “Sch” is stamped on the front of the frame, partially covered by the cylinder pin lever. Additional light scroll is on the rear of the receiver and under the trigger guard that was originally case hardened. The grip has fine wraparound checkering that extends to the strap. At the base is a robust non-rotatable lanyard ring. Function is double action only. Approximately 80% bright original blue with spotting and fading, particularly on the barrel and front strap. High edge wear and cylinder line as would be expected from mild use. Most of the case coloring has faded from the trigger guard that is now toned to a pleasant gray. The single piece grip with bright original varnish and sharp checkering. The usually broken needle is still intact. Mechanically perfect. Overall a very attractive, high condition Dreyse Needle fire with the extremely rare mounted loading lever that should please the most discriminating collector. Additional, unlike common revolvers this one has a device on the right hand side to keep the base npin in place.
PROVENANCE: Ex-Visser collection. ex collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess.
The scare revolver is sold.
Fabr. v. N. Dreyse/ fabricated by Nicolaus von Dreyse made needle fire pistol, serial 2018, for loading the left side lever is pushed down opening the breech. 6½" octagonal barrel with dovetail front sight and maker's inscription on the right. the barrel is brown with a little oxidation, the grips are fine, the breech can be pulled backwards.
action open for loading
M M proof,
normally used for Marine = Navy
6 Gran Pulver
N. Dreyse, Sömmerda,
The revolver shows on the left side in front of the cylinder 3 stamps which are the proof of the Prussian acceptance
1. revisions stamp "crown with single letter M"
2. Prussian Eagle as proof of the power test by the military
3. RC with crown = revision control
Dreyse needle fire revolver, serial # 11066, military caliber 0.39 Rheinische Zoll, 4½ Cent. Pulver /powder. On the bridge is the stamp F. V. DREYSE Sömmerda. Dreyse was knighted in 1864, meaning since this time he can add the word "von" in front of his last name, also proof that the revolver was made after 1864. The military accepted revolvers are rare, and the highest number is 11100. This one is in fine condition and very rare, sold
v. DREYSE, serial # 5232, caliber 0.35 Zoll, probably the only known cased revolver