.40 caliber (10mm) "rocket ball," 9.125" octagonal barrel, S/N VC 1290. Blued finish, fluted wood grip with some raised floral carving. Single action, magazine fed, gravity operated pistol firing "rocket ball" type self contained lead ball ammunition. Frame profusely engraved with foliate scrolls and themes, bottom of frame engraved Jongen Freres Liege. Pistol is contained in a dark green velvet lined French fitted case that contains the pistol and its accoutrements. These include an iron bullet mould, engraved en suite with the frame of the pistol, an ebony handled cleaning rod with a brass jag, an ebony handled turnscrew and an ebony handled base punch for the mold that was also likely used to compress the priming/firing compound in the recess of the bullet. Case includes one lidded compartment. The case appears to be of more recent vintage than the form fit interior. A scarce gun with a complete set of tools.
Victor Colette (1836-1909) was a Belgian gun maker and designer who patented his gravity pistol design in 1857. During his working life he developed and produced a variety of cartridge firearms. Jongen Freres was a Belgian gun making and retailing firm that was in operation ca 1856-1873. This pistol appears to have been produced by Colette but was retailed and possibly embellished by Jongen Freres.
Fine. Barrel retains much of the blued finish with thinning, fading and some loss. Frame a pewter patina with crisp engraving. Mechanically functional, fine micro-groove bore is mostly bright with some scattered oxidation. Grip is fine with some light handling marks and crisp carving. Case good with wear to the interior and scuffs and mars on the exterior. Accessories all about good to very good.