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Stųckel: Casimir, Paris, over takes in 1825 the patents of Roux and Picherau and develops in 1837 the famous pin fire cartridge.
unique short sword with etched blade and scabbard combined with pinfire revolver.

a 7mm inserted



unique short sword with etched blade and scabbard combined with pinfire revolver.

This very uncommon weapon is 23" from tip of blade to the butt, the blade is 15¼" long and 1½" wide and has dual fullers on the front.  8¼ on each side is etched with floral scrollwork on both sides and retailer additional on the right side  ALFREDO HEROUARD and underneath LIMA. The guard and pommel cap are German silver with engraved floral scrollwork. The scabbard has a leather body and matching engraving on the German silver fittings. Two similar Herouard marked swords complete with sheaths are pictured on page 194 of "The Pinfire System" by Smith & Curtis. This weapon is Provenance Gillespie collection. A similar weapon was owned by Peruvian President Jose Balta (1814-1872) and was auctioned in 2012.

The 7mm pinfire revolver is built into the hilt and has a "E. Lefaucheux Bte. ą  Paris" marking on the 3⅛" round barrel, serial # 8655, six-shot cylinder, ejector and hinged loading gate. The grips are checkered ebony with a massive engraved German silver butt cap.

Fine overall with traces of original silver and nickel plating, nearly all of the nickel plating on the barrel, aged patina on the German silver, mottled dark gray patina on the blade, dark brown patina on the iron, some minor oxidation and pitting, a secure but somewhat loose fitting blade, and mild wear on the leather. Mechanically fine. Rare and desirable!   $10,000.

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