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Rouchouse + Le Merveilleux

 

Pistolet Le Gaulois + Mitrailleuse repeating pistol,
Jacques Rochouse + Le Merveilleux,
Le "Qui est qui": St. Etienne, inventor of Le Merveilleux 19 April 1889, Gaulois 7 June 1892,

1893
built by Manufacture Française d'Armes et Cycles de Saint Etienne,
literature: Jean Huon, Les Pistolets Automatique Français,
Winant's book Firearms Curiosa, pages 82 - 83,

 

Gaulois No. 2, serial # 21267,  squeezer repeating pistol, caliber 8 mm Gaulois. Nice original engraved décor and fine markings, very good metal retaining some of its original finish mixed with a pleasing age patina throughout. Excellent original mottled rubber grip. Some case colors remaining. Excellent action and very good bore with very good rifling. Besides GAULOUIS on barrel on frame  marked  Manufacture Françaised'Armes et Cycles de Saint Etienne.
Comes in its rare original cardboard box in very good condition and one original empty cartridge box.     $3,000.

Cognac Leon Croizet


S = Safe * F= Fire * D = Disassemble

inside open # 23653

22653 under barrel

Armes et Cycles

 

palm-squeezer repeating pistol GAULOIS No. 1, original blue with hard rubber grips,  the squeezer mechanism vivid case hardened, matching serial # 22653 under barrel and inside the receiver, caliber 8mm Gaulois (similar .32 extra short), 2"  barrel with bead front side and inscription on top flat. On the left side is a lever one can position in S (safe) F (fire) and D (disassemble). The handy pistol is in good working order and excellent condition. The antique is concealed in a leather case which usually is thought for a pocket bottle of Cognac. Interesting oddity!   $1,950.

open for loading

Armes et Cycles

S = Safe * F= Fire * D = Disassemble

 

palm-squeezer repeating pistol GAULOIS No. 2, original blue with hard rubber grips,  the panels are nicely etched, the squeezer mechanism vivid case hardened,  serial # 29297 inside the receiver, caliber 8mm Gaulois (similar .32 extra short), 2"  barrel with bead front side and maker's  inscription on top flat. On the left side is a lever one can position in S (safe) F (fire) and D (disassemble). The handy pistol is in good working order and excellent condition. The antique comes in a very are original card board box, unfortunately damage.
An interesting oddity!    
$ 3,000.

 

 

MITRAILLEUSE

cover pushed frontwards for loading

3634 under barrel

maker's name on side

open

 

cigar case

maker's name on case

inside box with barrels and ten cigar holders

MITRAILLEUSE palm-squeezer repeating pistol, original white with etching and black and red hard rubber grips,  the squeezer mechanism vivid case hardened, matching serial # 3634 under barrel and inside the receiver, caliber 8mm Gaulois (similar .32 extra short), 2"  barrel with bead front side and inscription on top flat. On the left side is a lever one can position in S (safe) F (fire) and D (disassemble). The handy pistol is in good working order and excellent condition. The antique is concealed in a leather cigar case which.
Interesting oddity!  
sold

 

additional information:
Gaulois # 1 plain blue
Gaulois # 2 etched, blue
Gaulois # 3 and Mitrailleuse etched, polished white
Gaulois # 4 etched, blue, gold decorated.

contemporary advertisement in Germany "flat like a note book"

 

palm-squeezer repeating pistol GAULOIS No. 3, original blue with hard rubber grips, matching serial # 24618  inside the receiver, caliber 8mm Gaulois (similar .32 extra short), 2"  barrel with bead front side and inscription GAULOIS No. 3 on top flat. On the left side is a lever one can position in S (safe) F (fire) and D (disassemble). The handy pistol is in good working order and excellent condition. Distinct is the elaborate engraving of the little pistol.  It comes in a decorated leather purse which shows some use and age.
Interesting oddity!    
sold