Can you identify this old revolver for me please?


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Ali Beg
August 28, 2013, 01:20 PM
Rusted but in fair condition, found burried, 4 digit serial number (looks like 2877), 6 chambers, hexagonal barrel, in perfect working condition.

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Ron James
August 28, 2013, 01:42 PM
Well, any markings look to be gone, it is typical of the many revolvers made between the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Most were made in Belgium but Spain and France were also guilty. It looks to be in the style of the Webley bulldog, I believe every gun maker in Belgium copied them, scale is hard to determine but .320 was a popular caliber at the time.They were not high value when new and even today , unless it is like new, they do not bring much in the way of money. Your gun is a relic, perfect for a nice display and to lie about its history when company comes over.

Ali Beg
August 28, 2013, 06:05 PM
Can you offer me an appraisal in terms of money value? I want to know if I overpaid. Thank you.

Ron James
August 28, 2013, 06:15 PM
Wow, something of this nature is not listed in the books, it is worth what ever the market will bear. It is not rare or scarce and in it's condition it has no collectors value, it is suitable only as a display piece. IMHO if you paid more than 25 dollars for it, you paid too much. Could be wrong, been wrong before, perhaps others may have a different view.

Barry the Bear
August 28, 2013, 06:24 PM
Holy Hell, thats a rough one. Its definitely not of American origin and as Ron pointed out may in fact be of some European descent. I agree that its only use is as an interesting paperweight.

Jim Watson
August 28, 2013, 06:31 PM
With no measurements or items to give scale, it is hard to tell, but the length of the cylinder looks right for one of the cheap revolvers in 8mm Mle '92 "Lebel."

rswartsell
August 28, 2013, 10:49 PM
This revolver does not in any way look safe to shoot. The opinions about European manufacture are right on, Belgium, Spain, less likely France. Early 20th century "cottage industry" gun which was prevalent and such a checkered and undocumented lineage that it becomes all but impossible to nail down.

As such, collector value is likely nil. Useful shooter value likely the same. It would seem obvious that the value of this piece is restricted to decorative/curio. With a little imagination it could be pretty cool in that application. Nothing else is likely possible or safe.

Ali Beg
August 28, 2013, 11:46 PM
so i did overpay, thanks...

ArchAngelCD
August 28, 2013, 11:50 PM
If you can find someone set up to do electrolysis to reverse some of that rusting it will make a nice wall hanger. Other than that I have to agree it's probably not worth more than $25. (but I'm no expert at all)

hboy35
August 29, 2013, 01:25 PM
My son and I regularly metal detect in old fields and places around Texas and what you have would thrill us to death if we uncovered it! Not sure about its worth, but would make a good metal detecting story. Sorry to hear you might have overpaid, but it looks to be a great wall hanger.
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