Western Europe, France, St. Etienne, ca. 1862 CE. A fine model 1822 pistol with a wooden stock and knob-shaped handle capped with a brass cap and a carbon steel suspension ring, a slender trigger housed within a trapezoidal guard, a carbon steel percussion firing mechanism which was converted from a flintlock mechanism, a cylindrical .71 gauge barrel with interior polygonal rifling, and a brass strap wrapping around the midsection of the barrel from the side of the stock. The date "S. 1862" is stamped on the barrel in front of the hammer, "M 1822 3 fin" stamped just behind the sight, "G de 17-7 N" and an encircled "B" and "D" on the diagonal face of the barrel next to the hammer, and "5651" stamped on the side of the barrel as well as branded onto the stock above the trigger. Size: 13.625" L x 6.75" H (34.6 cm x 17.1 cm).
Provenance: ex-private estate collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Repair to lower half of handle with small chips along break line. Original ram rod missing. Light abrasions and pitting to carbon steel components and wooden stock, with fading to some stamped and branded information, and light oxidation to carbon steel components. Light earthen deposits and great patina across wood, steel, and brass components.