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J. HERMAN BRÉVETÉ
Støckel: J. J. Herman, Cheratte near Liège, 1839 - 1860, receives 1839, 1853, 1854, 1857, 1858 and 1860 revolver patents

 

lever squeezed and turned 180 degrees

and the cylinder is easy removed

 

J. J. HERMAN
BRÉVETÉ

RUBAN D'ACIER  = steel tape

open butt cap for caps

muzzle with front sight

J. Herman Bréveté revolver with a "hooded cylinder" like the Whitney and very uncommon but easy to use loading system, no serial #, 5½" octagonal barrel with dovetail front sight and on top inscription, caliber .34 percussion. A very unique and ingenious system: unlike the competitors with the tedious removing of the wedge here one squeezes the lever under the barrel, turn it 180 degrees and the cylinder is removable. The system and  trigger guard are very nice engraved, hidden in the left side engraving is the mandatory ELG proof stamp, the channeled grip is in the style of contemporary dueling pistols, the butt cap can be opened. The revolver was kept in the white and with the perfect function is in excellent condition.    $6,500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. HERMAN

 

 

eight-shot J. HERMAN made pepperbox, caliber .32 percussion, 3" Damascus barrels centered around a bloc unlike the better known Mariette pepperbox, the frame nicely engraved and the ebony grips carved in the style of dueling pistols, the butt cap is engraved and is hinged for caps. The Herman is in good working order and excellent condition. In a very are case with all accessories:  bullet mold, cleaning rod with brush, screw driver, an empty box, oil can and key.
Very rare set in desirable condition     $9,500.  

J. HERMAN  BREVETE

 

 

literature: Colt Bréveté by Marcot and Paxton, page 327 and 336

J. Herman made pocket size percussion revolver, pocket size in caliber .36, 5¼" octagonal barrel with dovetail  front sight and rear sight, an unusual rack & pinion, or "creeping", ramrod with the rammer handle mounted to the right side of the barrel lug. The front of the grip strap two-liner stamped J. HERMAN BREVETE, Receiver, back strap and butt cap are engraved, cylinder and barrel are plain. The revolver's color is mottled gray, the grips are lacquered with minor damage. The revolver is in good working order, in very good condition and very rare     reserved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

literature: Colt Bréveté by Marcot and Paxton, page 327 and 336

J. HERMAN percussion revolver purported to be a copy of a Colt, serial # 7, caliber .40. Unusual revolver with 6 11/16" octagonal smoothbore barrel, secured with a Paterson style wedge and has an unusual rack & pinion, or "creeping", rammer with the rammer handle mounted to the right side of the barrel lug. Right side of barrel lug also has a fingernail shaped loading cutout. Top flat of barrel has a tiny dovetailed front sight and a dovetailed fixed rear sight at the chambered end. It has a rebated 6-shot cylinder that is about 2" long with no frame top or bottom strap, the only support being the cylinder spindle. Frame is short and round, about 1¾" long * 1¼" diameter with unusual ring trigger that when pulled retracts the hammer into the frame raising the front of the hammer and rotating the cylinder to align the next chamber with the bore. Hammer nose cover is heart shaped with V-notch apparently to clear the sight notch on the barrel. Frame is engraved in large fan shaped elliptical panels on each side with a shell pattern behind the hammer slot with geometric patterns down back strap. Cylinder is engraved with alternating foliate and floral, diamond checkered and elliptical shaped panels around circumference. Toe of front strap is stamped "J. HERMAN / BRÉVETÉ". Mounted with very nicely figured saw handle walnut grips that have a fluted oval butt cap with lanyard stud and ring. Cylinder has mandatory Belgian proofs on two lands between nipple recesses and a small Belgian proof on left side of barrel lug. Accompanied by a copy of what appears to be pages from Guns Review titled "Firearms Curiosa" which has a photograph of a nearly identical revolver with the exception that the one in the photograph has a cannon muzzle and a tall front sight. The caption reads "Belgian Copy of a Colt". Very good condition. As usual kept in the white, grips are sound with light handling marks and retain most of their original varnish finish. Mechanics are fine. A rare revolver    $14,500.

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