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« on: September 10, 2014, 12:41:25 pm »


At lunch today I picked up a small pocket revolver that is heavily engraved and stocked with real ivory grips. It appears to be around a .32 caliber, proofed in Liege Belgium and it is engraved on top of the barrel "BRITISH CONSTABULARY". I am guessing it was one of the cheap imported revolvers sold at the end of the 19th century, but this one has very nice engraving and ivory grips, so I am wondering if it is a higher end model.


I really have no deep interest in it, so I will probably use it as trade fodder for something more interesting.


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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2014, 02:34:43 pm »

Pics would help.

The only real British Constabulary revolvers so marked are the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) models. There were any number of counterfeit or brevete models made with or without licence in Belgium and elsewhere. Some are of questionable quality in workmanship and materials.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2014, 02:53:49 pm »

Grenadier,

Photos of what you have, with a ruler/measuring stick, would be nice.
It may also help identify  what you have?
The caliber you mention would make it a rather small size revolver.
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2014, 02:56:53 pm »

In this case, it's most definitely 'not' a 'Royal Irish Constabulary' revolver - it's just a Belgian-made pocket revolver marked with a catchy name designed to lure the gullible into thinking that it was somehow 'approved' by an official agency.

The 'ivory' is probably bone - but many were engraved.

They were built by one of the hundreds of gunsmiths in and around Liege, Belgium - and they built thousands of various copies of established makers' firearms - most notably British firms because they had solid reputations.

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2014, 12:22:48 am »

for your entertainment -

here is a fancy one



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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014, 12:17:17 pm »

I like to collect the older different styles when i can..
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