10.6mm, 10.25" octagonal-to-round barrel, S/N 186. Blued and color case hardened finish, finely checkered walnut grips. Single-shot, tip-down target pistol with side button action release, spur triggerguard, dovetailed rear notch and front blade sights. Frame with tight banknote-style foliate scroll engraving. Checkered trigger. Top of barrel marked in a single line: PNT PAR GASTINNE-RENETTE. Liege proofs and controller marks on left barrel flat, concealed by frame, along with caliber marking. Pistol is in the original retailer marked green baize lined, French fitted wood casing with a brass tipped wooden cleaning rod and a turnscrew. The original key for the case lock is present as well and works correctly. The firm of Gastinne-Renette was established in Paris in 1839 and at the time of the publishing of Heer de Neue Stockel, was still in business. The firm advertised themselves as "Gun Makers to the Emperor Napoleon III."
Fine. Pistol retains most of the blued finish on the barrel with some of the vivid case color present on the frame with some thinning, fading and light wear on all parts. Barrel with a couple of tiny impact marks on the right side. Mechanically functional, fine bore, fine grip with minor handling marks. Case good with a nice original interior showing some fading and discoloration but with the exterior sanded, void of original finish and poorly refinished. Accessories all fine.