Col. Le Mat - Jean François Alexander Le Mat
hammer hit pin fire
hammer hit shot shell
COLL. A. LE MAT BTE.
pin fire loaded
ELG proof stamp
Le Mat pin fire revolver manufactured in Liege, Belgium, between 1863 and 1865. The revolver has a 6½ inch octagonal barrel and nine shot cylinder chambered for the 12mm pin fire cartridge and fluted nine-shot cylinder along with the distinctive Le Mat 4½ inch 20 gauge smoothbore "grapeshot" barrel. The percussion grapeshot barrel is fired by a pivoting firing pin on the hammer. An ejector rod is mounted on the right side of the frame with two screws. The revolver has a side-swinging loading gate on the right side of the frame, round trigger guard and butt with integral lanyard loop. The right side of the barrel is marked "COL A. LEMAT BTE." behind the ejector rod. The Liège ELG proof mark is stamped on the rear of the cylinder. The left side of the frame is stamped with the number 174066 and crowned/EL is stamped on the left side of the barrel. The serial number 3103 is stamped on the lower right side of the frame. The revolver has nicely figured walnut grips with fine checkering.
The serial # 3103 is only one # away from the # 3102 described and pictured in Forgett's book. Here is also stated that the maker jumped 3,000 number to the actual serial#, meaning this is only the 103rd piece produced. Not many revolvers were made in this configuration. A similar revolver in the NRA Museum.
The revolver is in good working condition, but the original bluing suffered through bad storage and shows a few patches of light rust. NRA "very good" condition. $18,000.
Interestingly: the crowned EL is the trademark of Eugène Lefaucheux and the # 174066 is placed were Lefaucheux put their #.
ELG proof stamp and V with crown for inspector
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