Need help identifying/valuing an old revolver (possibly Fagnus)


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1KPerDay
June 20, 2008, 04:40 PM
Any gun collectors/militaria enthusiasts here who can help identify this? Friend of mine inherited it along with some junk; I think it's a Belgian or French-made Fagnus service revolver, from around the late 1800's-early 1900's:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/2595043325_0942ee0f70_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3037/2595877350_12390c6d32_o.jpg

No external brand indicated on it; not even a caliber. The left side of the barrel has 'Acier Fondu' (French for 'Cast Steel') inscribed. Haven't broken it down to see what internal stamps or other markings there might be on it.

Looks nearly identical to the one pictured here; except for a longer barrel:

http://www.littlegun.be/arme%20belge/artisans%20identifies%20e%20f/a%20fagnus%20gb.htm

I haven't broken it down to look for any other markings.

Someone on a gun dealers' forum responded that it is indeed a Fagnus; and possibly worth a lot to European collectors in particular. I've found one currently being auctioned for 1400 Euros.

The serial numbers all match, and put it in the 5000's lot.


Motorcycle buddy of mine asked me to post this up... any info from THR?

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barman
June 20, 2008, 05:42 PM
It is indeed a Fagnus - Maquaire revolver, built in Belgium for the civilian market in the 1880s.

It is probably chambered for 11 mm 73, the French ordonnance revolver ammo of that time, given the fact that the Fagnus was advertised as being an improved civilian version of the "Mle 1873" (mostly because of its bouncing hammer)

In terms of value that gun can be sold from 800 (good) to 1200 euros (mint) in France and Belgium, if the bore is in nice shape and the lock is tight. 1400 euros is excessive.

What's interesting with this one is that the barrel seems longer than on the standard version, which is possibly quite rare and desirable.

1KPerDay
June 20, 2008, 06:00 PM
Thank you. Any statesiders have an idea of U.S. value?

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