ID help

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by texasarch, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. texasarch

    texasarch New Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    This pistol was recently recovered by the Belize Department of Archaeology they have asked my assistance in identifying it - time period, make, etc.
    Belize was formerly British Honduras so I am assuming the pistol is British. The only markings on the gun say "Torp" Any help you can provide is deeply appreciated. If you need additional pics I can post them.

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  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    It appears to be a Flobert parlor pistol. German, from the proof marks.

  3. Buffalochip

    Buffalochip Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Any idea what caliber it is? If it is a .22, I'm thinking it might be an old parlor pistol--used for shooting targets with CB caps in what would have been the living room in the late 1800s. Try doing that today...
  4. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Probably either 22 BB cap, or 6mm Flobert.
  5. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    beats me but it's neat!
  6. the Riddick

    the Riddick Former Guest

    Feb 12, 2011
    Can you post pictures looking inside the barrel? And the hammer?? Does it have a breech?
  7. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    If you google Flobert you will find information galore. Made by the boat load late 1880's to the 1930's. Uses a small light power . 22 cartridge ( CB Caps ). Also made in other calibers but yours looks to be . 22. Used for indoor target practice and in taverns to bet for drinks. There is no way to pin a date down, they were also made by a number of makers. most of them Belgium but also Spain and France. They could also be used as a garden gun against birds and gophers.
  8. grcsat

    grcsat Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2010
    Yep thats a flobert pistol.

    This is what it should look like in working condition

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  9. Parlorpistol

    Parlorpistol New Member

    May 31, 2012
    The markings are exact on a parlor pistol I have been trying to find info on.
    Do you know exact specs on the 2 crowns and U? I have been researching and have found its german and its a second inspection mark, but mine has 78 stamped on it and no other marks. I have taken the wooden grips off and there is nothing.
    TO conclude I am trying to find info from anyone. Please let me know if anyone has. THANKS!
  10. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    Not exactly a Flobert. Floberts used the hammer as the breech block. This is a parlor pistol, but it uses a cannon breech.
  11. rhmc24

    rhmc24 Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    Ardmore, OK
    Bill D is right. True Floberts have a very heavy hammer with the firing pin on it that serves to close the breech against the very low power cartridge it is intended to use.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2012
  12. 45Auto

    45Auto Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    If you can locate a copy of the 1911 Alfa arms and sporting goods catalog you will see many examples of these pistols for sale back then.

    Considering the proof marks and historical data, your pistol would have been made in Germany from around 1893 to 1914.
  13. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Parlorpistol, the two crowns and U are German proof marks. They are actually two proof marks - one crown alone is the proof for revolvers, muzzle loading pistols and single shot pistols; the crown/U is the final and definitive proof for arms proved in the finished state. Those marks were discontinued in 1939.

  14. bartswt

    bartswt New Member

    Oct 2, 2012
    It appears I have the same parlor pistol with the double crown and a U on it. This gun also has the serial #1 on the breech lock. I wasn't sure if that was on every gun made or a unique serial #. It sounds like it is a unique #. Anyone confident on the value of these pistols?
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