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LANGENHAHN, Sachsen

Heinrich Harder, Der Reichsrevolver und seine Varianten,
Lander / Brucksch: Ordonanzpistolen der sächsischen Kavallerie vom 16. Jahrhundert bis 1888, 
Gazette Des Armes 422 July 2010;
German states were obligated to adopt a common armament. But the kingdom of Saxony decided to voluntarily introduce a new military handgun. Thus the revolver Saxon Model 1873 became the first German revolver using a metal cartridge. It will take six years to the introduction of the Reichsrevolver 1879.  The contract for the supply of this command to the Saxon government was signed on 15 March 1873 by Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig.  Although it has not yet definitive proof, it is almost certain that the Saxon revolvers were manufactured by the firm Langenhan. Valentin Friedrich Langenhan opened his workshop in 1842 in Zella-Mehlis. These were the first cartridge revolvers service issued in Germany, originally as rim-fire, they were soon converted to central fire, and when obsolete were sold off through the Haenel firm of Suhl in 1892 to the dealer Pire in Antwerp, and were then refinished  and “S. Pire & Co, ANVERS” marked on the top rib with Belgian proofs on the right side. While most of the 4,000 went to Belgium only very few survived in unaltered condition. These two, originally they came out of the Mauser Werke collection in 1945, and from Germany about 20 years ago, when a large collection was disposed of in Europe, some of which went to Geoffrey Sturgess.

 

dated 1874

serial # 1888

88 on cylinder

serial # 1888 and unit stamp

thr earlier unit invalidated

 

extremely rare original Saxon Army revolver model 1873, matching serial # 1888 on back strap and grip, partial on cylinder, caliber .442 rim-fire (11mm), dated 1874, unit stamp C. 4. 4. (Garde du Corps 4. regiment, 4. weapon, 5½" ribbed barrel with pinned front sight, rear sight on he bridge over the cylinder, tips up after squeezing the knurled buttons in front of the cylinder, under the barrel a big and rounded bolt used as ejected, push safety behind hammer, sheeted trigger, single action only, plain wooden grips. The browned finish good visible, but showing some use. With the revolver come copies of the Gazette.
The  rare revolver    $11,000.

 

 

# 1225

 

 

extremely rare original Saxon Army revolver model 1873, matching serial # 1225 on back strap and grip, partial on cylinder, caliber .442 rim-fire (11mm), dated 1877, unit stamp GR.1.7.  = Garde Regiment 1. regiment, 7. weapon.  5½" ribbed barrel with pinned front sight, rear sight on he bridge over the cylinder, tips up after squeezing the knurled buttons in front of the cylinder, under the barrel a big and rounded bolt used as ejected, push safety behind hammer, sheeted trigger, single action only, plain wooden grips. The original finish good visible, but showing some use. With the revolver come copies of the Gazette.      $11,000.

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