Dumoulin Handgun

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Darren42, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Darren42

    Darren42 New Member

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    This one Im keeping. Its not the prettiest of guns but out of the 12 found this is the most interesting to me.
    I have spent countless hours researching and have come up with the following

    Dumoulin made in liege Belgium

    serial number 626

    Punch marks on the cylinder : "S" with a star above , "H.F." possible gunsmith, and "ELG" in a oval .....1810 -1853

    Out of all the Dumoulin items made I have only locate a handful of handgun.....none matched this one. So maybe each was custom made?

    Lenth is about 12 inches and its real heavy.

    Could this be fired?? or am I looking to loose a finger?

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  2. 45Auto

    45Auto Well-Known Member

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    I have had revolvers like yours and fired several of them by loading my shells with black powder. But I only shot them after checking them over with great care.

    The vintage of your Belgian revolver is more likely in the late 1870's to early 1890's era.

    With a few exceptions, the gun trade in Belgium back then was largely a cottage industry; a collection of specialist gun makers working out of their homes and in little work shops here and there. Someone might only make springs, another would specialize in fitting lock parts made by some other small shop. And then after each specialist worked on it the gun, rifle or revolver would go to a finisher. Often the end product had no name until it was purchased by a wholesale or retail outfit which then would put a name on it. Some makers would purchase partially completed revolvers and then add a patented innovation to it before finishing the firearm and adding their name to it. For this reason, you might find similar revolvers with different names on them.

    In my experience, even if you find two Belgian cottage industry revolvers which look the same and have the same name on them the parts are not always interchangeable. This is because of all of the hand work which went into them. There are a few exceptions, of course, such as the Nagant Brothers who used production machine tools and made everything in their own factory. But I think your revolver was a product of the more traditional Belgian cottage industry.

    These revolvers have a following of collectors (like me). There is a drawback to shooting one of these old wheel guns. If anything brakes, such as the trigger return spring, you will have to make your own replacement parts. If it brakes, expect to spend more time fixing it than the gun is worth.
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