1879 wallet / palm pistol
Le "Qui est qui": Charles Baylè, Paris, 1879 inventor of an ultra flat pistol.
◄ with 5mm French
ejector screwed in
La Mitrailleue de Poche * Charles Baylè
French Patent 131971 of July 26, 1879 in 5mm French centre fire
Gazette des Armes # 196, where a similar piece with patent dates and 4 page description is included.
rare French wallet-style palm pistol, serial # 108, 6 shot double action only,
caliber 5mm French (1 cartridge included), superimposed barrels, nickel over brass frame; left side of frame marked
The pistol retains approx. 75 - 85% original nickel with some
flaking and peeling exposing the brass body underneath which has gone to a
natural patina. The original loading rod is screwed into the handle portion; all
small parts are retained. This
is considered the rarest of the palm squeezer and wallet pistol 19th century
oddities. Sophisticated collectors estimate less than 10 in American collections
and this is the best known to this cataloger. The included Gun Report, where
this pistol is described and pictured mentions only 3 number known # 35, # 93
and this # 108. Also included is the French issue of the Gazette des Armes.
The price for the pistol and the 2 magazines $10,500.
If you wish copies of the Gun Report, where the next pistol is described and pictured mentions only 3 number known # 35, # 93 and this # 108. Also a copy of the French issue of the Gazette des Armes. In good working order and very good condition sold