Lefaucheux Pinfire Purse
A European ladies’ special pistol made popular between 1850 and 1890 and presented in its original leather purse.
The pinfire was invented by Frenchman Casimir Lefaucheux in the 1830s but not patented until 1835. It was one of the earliest practical designs of a metallic cartridge.
Ours is an engraved “Luiks” revolver from the Belgian gunmakers, Lepage Freeres, Liege and is an immaculately presented factory-engraved 6 shot revolver in the popular 5mm calibre. It bears Liege proofs to frame and cylinder. It is a breech-loaded, double action model with foldaway trigger and features an ejection rod. It has a 55mm (2 1/4 inch) length barrel and is finished in polished nickel with ebony grips.
This little revolver has been in family possession in Europe for well over 150 years and represents the golden era of elegant personal-carry cartridge pistols of the late 1860’s to -labelled 1890’s. It comes in its own Lepage velevet-lined leather purse.