Re: help identify old gun
I see two triggers on this pistol.
Pistols like this were made in various places in Europe cira 1845 - 1870. My first guess is that it was made in Belgium, one of the largest gunmaking centers at that time. If Belgian, it will have Belgian proof marks on the barrels under the stock. My next guess would be one of the German states or France. If French or German it might not have proof marks depending upon the age of the pistol. Spain also made alot of double barrel pistols, while it could be Spanish I think the style is not of the type they usualy made.
Such pistols often came in pairs fitted into a case with bullet mould, flask, etc.
I would advise against doing any repair work other than a little oil to stop active rust. It looks like someone tried to remove the lock screw and broke it off. In my experince, broken screws are a common problem with antique firearms.
In general, it's a nice find. I'm sure many collectors would enjoy owning it. With a little work by the right gunsmith it will be even better.
Last edited by 45Auto; 11-03-2010 at 04:05 PM..