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Lot 26: Very Fine Cased Le Petit Protector Ring Gun
November 30, 2012
Rock Island, IL, USALive Auction
Estimate: $3500 - 5500
This is an example of a unique 19th Century style French ring gun that was most likely manufactured in the 20th Century (whatever the history, these ring pistols are oddities and appeal to collectors purely as a conversation piece). The German silver band of the ring has a light floral type engraving and is marked "LE PETIT PROTECTOR". This ring gun features a small hand rotated 6-shot pinfire cartridge cylinder that must be removed for loading/unloading. The pins of the cartridges are struck by the base of the hammer. The flip top jewelry style case has a "LE PETIT/PROTECTOR" marked silver oval on top of the lid and is lined in purple velvet. Comes with 6 cartridges and bore brush.
Gauge: 2 mm
Finish: niter blue/German silver
Serial Number: NSN
Condition: Excellent. The pistol retains 95% attractive original niter blue finish showing some minor thinning. The German silver is fine with a clear engraving. Mechanically fine. The case is very fine with some minor wear.