Belgian Apache Knuckle-Duster Pepperbox Revolver

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Description: Serial #2292, 5mm Pinfire, 1 1/2” fluted barrel cluster with fair, lightly pitted bores. This sinister looking, Dolne marked pepperbox was the brainchild of Mr. Louis Dolne of Liege and combines a folding set of brass knuckles with both a six shot pinfire revolver and a swing-out 2 7/8” double-edged, flambard (or flame-shaped) blade. The steel components of this weapon retain some faint traces of original blue but have otherwise turned to a mottled and freckled plum-brown patina with some spots of mild surface oxidation and pinprick pitting, mainly in and around the flutes on the barrel cluster. The brass frame and knuckles/grip have likewise developed a pale yellow patina over time. The spring latches for the knife blade and grip are original and still lock firmly in place but the revolver mechanism is only partially functional: the hammer functions as intended in double-action but the barrels do not rotate nor does the trigger return spring function. These curious firearms were quite popular with the thugs and toughs of the late 19th century Parisian underworld, known as “Les Apaches” for their brutal nature, and it was from them that these little revolvers received their familiar nickname. This example is in good condition but looks fantastic and would make a great addition to any collection of firearms curiosities or gambling paraphernalia. The design dates from the 1860s, and is attributed to Louis Dolne. The gun was manufactured though the end of the 1800s. The gun operates on the principle of a pepperbox revolver using a pinfire action and incorporates a fold-over knuckle duster forming the grip and also a rudimentary foldout, dual-edged knife. Due to the lack of a barrel, the revolver's effective range is very limited, but since all of its component parts can be folded inward towards the cylinder, it was easily concealable inside a pocket. It was common to leave an empty chamber with no cartridge under the firing pin to prevent shooting oneself while having it concealed in a pocket or bag, as the weapon has no trigger guard or safety. This weapon is not able to be aimed precisely because of its lack of front and rear sights. Despite its limited potential, the revolver proved deadly at extremely close range. A 9 mm revolver of similar design (but no official designation) was allegedly used by British commandos during World War II, though exact statistics about production numbers and technical details have as yet remained undisclosed to the public. Antique.Les Apaches (French) were members of a Parisian Belle Époque underworld subculture. Apaches were so called because their alleged savagery was compared with that attributed by Europeans to the Native American tribes of Apaches. The Apaches were especially associated with some districts of Paris: Belleville, la Bastille, La Villette and Montmartre which was also home to the famous Moulin Rouge dance hall and nightclub. During their heyday, the prospect of being mugged or otherwise assaulted by Apache gangsters was especially feared by members of the emergent bourgeois middle class. Some of the gangs used a unique type of pistol which was named the "Apache revolver" or "Apache pistol": a pinfire cartridge revolver with no barrel, a set of foldover brass knuckles for a handgrip, and a folding knife mounted right underneath the revolver drum for use as a stabbing weapon. The Apaches also evolved a semi-codified collection of "tricks" used in mugging and hand-to-hand combat. The most famous was the coup du père François, a tactic by which a victim was stalked by several Apaches before being garroted from behind; one Apache was assigned the job of searching through the victim's pockets for any valuables, while another served as a lookout. Certain elements of the Apache "style" became influential in French and then international popular culture, including the Apache dance and Apache shirt. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story,

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Item #: 926130142
Seller Since: Jan. 2012
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