Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading duelling pistol - Devillers Patent

Centrefire breech-loading duelling pistol - Devillers Patent


about 1905

Object Number



Purchased from a private collection. Formerly deposit 0401

Physical Description

The wooden and baize lined case contains a pair of pistols with fluted barrels and case hardened breech. Also contained in a draw are a steel cleaning rod, a wooden hammer and cartridges for shooting wax bullets. In the lower compartment are two steel hand guards in the shape of a heart, a brass cup, a glass bottle of oil with a cork stopper, a steel screwdriver, two cleaning rods, a mould for wax bullets, a selection of primers, two velvet target patches and four boxes for bullets.


BarrelLength275 mm
OverallLength415 mm
CaseLength570 mm


Serial Number 1 316


.44 in

Inscriptions and Marks

LAM in triangle for Leopold Ancion-Marx of Liege, mark depositied 12.10.1897. Belgian proofs post-1893


Places Belgium


These pistols are designed to fire wax bullets in a mock duel, in which the participants wear masks and coats for protection.