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training-pistols for dueling,

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Belgian proof stamps

(1682) a single training-pistol with screw-on hand-protection for future dueling partners.  The protecting shield similar to swords is to avoid hurting the hand and is used together with heavy lined coats and face masks. The tip-down barrel is almost 11" long, built for a 10.4mm salon cartridge driven by a small load. The condition of the pistol is fine with most of the bright blue, case hardening and varnish remaining. No makers name visible. The fore-end can easily taken off and beneath are the Belgian proof stamps. There are also numbers 1/181 under the barrel. In good working order and very rare!    $2,750.

 

 

 

 

a pair of training-pistols with screw-on hand-protection for future dueling partners.  The protecting shield similar to swords is to avoid hurting the hand and is used together with heavy lined coats and face masks. The tip-down barrel is almost 11" long, built for a .44 salon cartridge driven by a small load. The condition of the pistols is excellent with most of the bright blue, case hardening and varnish remain. No makers name visible. The fore-end can easily taken off and beneath are the Belgian proof stamps including the black powder mark and the Perron (= tower). There are also numbers 1/346 and 2/346 on the steel and wooden parts.
The scarce pair are sold.

It a "bloodless duelling" pistol invented by a French medical doctor named de Villers. They were promoted circa 1905 by the Parisian Club de Pistolet.

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