V. G. W. Libeau
important, unique, hand built revolver by V. G. W.
Libeau, New Orleans, 1847.
made without serial #, cal. .34 percussion, 4 11/16" octagonal barrel with dove-tailed front-sight and flush gold inlaid on top flat NEW ORLEANS. 12-groove-rifling with rapid twist, lock-plate engraved in script as pictured. 1 15/16" five-shot cylinder with unusual individual countersunk spring system, applying pressure an each nipple and allowing incorrect size percussion caps. Forward of cylinder periphery over each chamber and each nipple springs engraved sequentially 1 to 5, a feature shared with some of the pre-Colt-Paterson prototypes. As with a Paterson, the cylinder revolves with cocking the hammer "single action". Unusual silver for end, designed to act also as a shield covering the front of cylinder - yet another feature shared with early pre-Paterson prototype revolvers. The hammer fitted with hood to prevent spent caps from flying into the face of the shooter. Rear sight mounted on top of frame and secured by single screw. For end secured to barrel lug and to bottom of frame by a steel yoke with one screw in barrel lug and two into the frame bottom. Finely checkered hammer spur. Unique, tiny loading lever on left side of barrel lug, measuring 1
internet information: V.G.W. Libeau
is listed at No. 9 Camp Street, in New Orleans city directories 1832 - 1845.
The Lebeau families are innovative and well-known gun makers in Liège, Belgium.
Included is also an auction catalog where this particular revolver honors the title page. $60,000.