Object Title

Percussion breech-loading rifle - By J. H. Jamar-Smits

Percussion breech-loading rifle - By J. H. Jamar-Smits

Date

about 1860

Object Number

XII.1514

Provenance

From the Renkin Collection, acquired 1967

Physical Description

The breech is opened by downward pressure on a lever positioned in front of the trigger-guard by means of which the barrel is slid forward for the insertion of a paper cartridge. The barrel has a raised flat at the rear on which slides a backsight, with a long leaf hinged between two shoulders, of the type fitted to the Swiss military rile of 1851, the slide being calibrated from 1 to 1700 metres. The foresight is adjustable laterally and has a clamping-screw. To the right of the slide the barrel is inlaid with the maker’s name in gold J.H. JAMAR-SMITS FABT D’ARMES A LIEGE. The underside of the barrel is stamped with the Liége marks for acceptance and provisional proof, the private mark of the proof-house inspector, probably an N under a crown, and the numbers 13 and 10.6. Back action lock. Stock with fore-end of military type with two bands. Steel mounts with scrolled trigger-guard. The lock and mounts are engraved with a design of scrollwork and are finished bright, the barrel being blued. The barrel has a standard for a bayonet and is rifled with six grooves.

Techniques

Inlaid

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength35.39 inches
BarrelLength899 mm
OverallLength1320 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible visible

Calibre

0.43 in

Inscriptions and Marks

?
13 10.6
Underside of barrel
Stamped
Liege Marks for acceptance and provisional proof
? - Cannot look
Underside of barrel
Stamped
makers name
J. H. JAMAR-SMITS FABT D'ARMIES A LIEGE (in gold)
Barrel
Inlaid
Proof-house Inspectors Private mark
Probably an N under a crown
Underside of barrel
Stamped

Associations

Notes

Lambert Jean Joseph Ghaye patented his breech-loading system in Belgium in 1857 with modifications in 1859, 1865, and 1866. No English patent exists. Ghaye held a commission in a volunteer rifle corps and his name sometimes appears of weapons of his design as Lt. Ghaye. e.g. No.XXIV q.v