French Chamelot Delvigne Transitional Revolver #11 #O-39
Exceedingly early French Chamelot Delvigne 1873/74 single action/double action Commercial Revolver with quick release sideplate as developed and marketed by Gerest of St Etienne. SN: 11. Cal: 11mm. Standard configuration revolver with 4.5 inch octagonal/round barrel, having fixed front sight and grooved rear sight. The right side of the frame and one of the barrel flutes is marked with the St Etienne location and proofing; there are no other external markings on this revolver, except for the serial number "11" on the grip cap. Several of the small parts show "3" as an assembly number. Novel to this particular revolver is the quick release lever mounted on the sideplate that was purportedly developed and sold by Gerest of St Etienne. Checkered wood panels, right side secured with a single screw and escutcheon. Lanyard ring with loop at base. CONDITION: VG+ faded original finish with commensurate aging of the hammer and trigger. Grips are near excellent with the left panel having a few tiny losses at the base. Bright bore with strong rifling. Excellent manual mechanics. Very unusual and super early M1873/74 Commercial with quick sideplate release, rarely offered for sale. ANTIQUE!! A HISTORIC INVESTMENT!
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