to Le Mat
Col. Le Mat
Alexander Le Matĝckel:
born 1824 in Paris, moved 1840 to New Orleans,
receives 1856 patent for his revolver where the base / cylinder pin is also used as a buckshot barrel. The revolvers started to be made 1859/1860 by Dr. Girard, Paris.
ELG proof stamp and V with crown for insdpector
A. LE MAT BRTE. 123
COLL. A. LE MAT BRTE,
a very rare pinfire variation, serial # 123, caliber 12mm in the 9-shot
cylinder and 14mm buckshot in the cylinder axis. The firing pin can be easily
switched. The revolver is now blued, but my experience is, that those were kept
in the white - therefore I presume somebody cleaned the antique and blued.
The bluing might be by Bannerman around 1900. According to my
sources the Richmond Arsenal ordered for the Confederated Army percussion and
also pinfire revolvers. The revolver is in good working order, the
condition is NRA very good. There are less than ten pieces known to exist, 5 are
listed in the book by Forgett + Serpette, LeMat, The Man, the Gun, page
86 - 95, 186 - 18.
A similar revolver in the NRA Museum.