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    French Lefaucheux Patent SWEDISH NAVY CONTRACT **MINT BORE**Large Frame, French Lefaucheux Patent Model 1 12 mm Revolver
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    French Lefaucheux Patent SWEDISH NAVY CONTRACT **MINT BORE**Large Frame, French Lefaucheux Patent Model 1 12 mm Revolver

    Pistol / Hand GunsRevolverUsed£ 1,295

    VERY RARE** ONE OF ONLY 890 SWEDISH NAVY CONTRACT **MINT BORE**Large Frame, French Lefaucheux Patent Model 1863 12mm Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre Single Action Revolver With Military Lanyard Ring. Sn 17641:7 - 17641:7

    In 1854, Frenchman Eugene Lefaucheux introduced the Lefaucheux Patent revolver notable as being the first revolver to use self-contained metallic cartridges rather than loose powder, pistol ball, and percussion caps. Their initial Model 1854 French military revolvers and subsequent models were chambered for the 12 mm pinfire cartridge, based on a design by Casimir Lefaucheux (his father, also a gun designer). In 1863, the Kingdom of Sweden placed an order for 2,000 Lefaucheux Revolvers of the French Naval Model 1858 pattern. The initial order included 100 rounds of ammunition for each revolver. The Swedes, like most of their European counterparts did not issue these new revolvers to the cavalry, but to other branches of service. In this case 1,110 were issued to the Swedish Artillery and the remaining 890 were issued to the Swedish Navy. Like the French M1858 revolvers the Swedish Lefaucheux pistols were finished “in the white” and followed the same profile and design specifications. The Swedish revolvers can only be identified by the application of the mark of the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Sweden on the right flat of the small octagonal portion of the barrel where it meets the frame. This mark is three crowns (tre kronor) arranged in two rows with two crowns in the upper row and a single crown in the lower row, centred under the upper two crowns. All two thousand revolvers purchased by Sweden received this national mark. The guns issued to the artillery were not marked in any additional way, although unit markings occasionally appear on the right side of the frame, forward of the grip. The 890 pistols issued to the Swedish Navy were additionally marked with a small stamp on the lower leading edge of the frame, forward of the cylinder (see System Lefaucheux by Chris Curtis, this mark is referred to as “resembling a crown”, although to me it looks more like a stylized arrowhead). The mark typically appears on the right side, but sometimes appears on the left side of the frame. These Navy marked pistols are occasionally found with an additional frame mark that resembles a cross within a circle, which is the equivalent of a “sold out of service” or “surplus mark”. The left side of the frame is marked with the usual two line oval Lefaucheux patent cartouche, which reads INVON E. LEFAUCHEUX / BREVETÉ SGDG (PARIS). The revolver is additionally marked with a deeply struck small “arrowhead” or “crown” Swedish Navy mark on the lower left side of the frame, in front of the cylinder and with the cryptic “cross in circle” Swedish Navy sold out of service mark in the same location on the right side of the frame. These markings, in conjunction with the three Swedish crowns identify this pistol as one of the very rare Swedish Naval Model 1863 Revolvers. The right side of the frame shows the standard smoking pistol / LF Lefaucheux trademark as a prefix to the serial number 78465. The pistol 12 ½” overall with a 6 ¼”steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech. The bore is near mint clean & bright with crisp rifling. The pistol’s metalwork is clean and undamaged as is its walnut grip with stepped steel butt cap & military lanyard ring. It is side gate loading & is correctly single action only. The cocking and firing action is nice and tight. The pistol has its original captive ejector rod. As nearly all Model 1863 revolvers were subsequently upgraded to Model 1863/79 11mm centre fire revolvers, finding a Swedish M1863 in its original pinfire configuration is incredibly difficult. This would be a fantastic addition to any advanced collection of pinfire revolvers or one that concentrates on 19th century European military handguns. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre pin fire weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 17641:7
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    SubcategoryRevolver
    ConditionUsed
    Price£ 1,295
    Sale typeTrade
    MakeFrench Lefaucheux Patent
    Calibre12 mm
    ModelSWEDISH NAVY CONTRACT **MINT BORE**Large Frame, French Lefaucheux Patent Model 1
    Antiqueyes
    CertificateNo Licence
    Your reference17641:7
    Gun StatusActivated
    Recommended UsageCollection item
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