Re: vintage gun
That style of revolver was made in a number of European countries, mainly Belgium and Spain, from roughly 1880-1914, and were comparable in concept and purpose to our various pocket model revolvers made by H&R, Iver Johnson, and others.
Some were made for the 5.7 Velo-Dog cartridge. The term is a combination of "Velocipede" (an old term for bicycle) and "Dog" and those revolvers were originally intended for use by bicyclists for protection against attacking dogs. Some collectors refer to any revolver of that general design as a "Velo-Dog" even though that term really applies only to guns chambered for the Velo-Dog cartridge.
The gun shown was made in Spain in that general era and, while the cylinder appears to be long enough for the Velo-Dog round, an 8mm caliber would indicate chambering for the old British .320 cartridge, nearly identical to the .32 Short Colt, though many will accept and fire the .32 Long Colt. Some might even accept the .38 Special, but firing it would not be recommended.
Value, in that condition, maybe $250-300.
I don't know his connection with that revolver, but Jose de Lopez Arnaiz is better known for his Jo-Lo-Ar line of autoloading pistols made to be loaded and cocked with the firing hand.
Last edited by Jim K; 06-20-2011 at 10:30 PM..