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St Etienne pistol

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by tinakikr, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. tinakikr

    tinakikr New Member

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    Hello, my daughter came across two flint lock pistols, marked St Etienne, any idea on the value?
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    BETH Well-Known Member

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    welcome to the forum but need more information or a least pictures
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    St Etienne was a French arsenal where military arms were made for many decades, many types, sizes, models of pistols. A useful reply will require good photos including close-ups of markings and measurements of the pieces.:):):)
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  5. Jim K

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    The pic is too small to blow up, but the gun looks good. With some "aging", could it pass as original?

    Jim
  6. tinakikr

    tinakikr New Member

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    She has two of them, one is clearly marked and very beautifully detailed. The other is a little more "plain", she sent me a pic via text messaging so I'm not sure how to download it onto the internet. The plainer one has a face on the handle and a crown on the side. I found some that looked similar online but the prices were in euros, (not sure about euros).
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    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Good quality photos are needed for any hope of identifying. If she has a decent digital camera, tell her to use the macro setting for closeups of markings.
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    St. Etienne is a city that had a lot of different arms manufacturers.
  9. tinakikr

    tinakikr New Member

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    Gotcha! She's sending me some pics, I'll post them as soon as they arrive.:)
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    tinakikr New Member

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    I have some pictures but I am unable to copy and paste them into this box. any ideas?
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    tinakikr New Member

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    I think this may do the trick!

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  12. Jim K

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    Sorry, but that is a modern gun made as a decorator. I am not sure it could even be called a reproduction as it is probably not a copy of any specific pistol and I am virtually certain it was never intended to be fired. I suspect the metal parts are cast zinc, not steel or iron.

    Guns like that are sold for display in restaurants, bars and the like to give an "old-time" look to the place. Of course, as "non-guns" they do not involve any legal problems as the display of real guns might. Surprisingly, they are reasonably well made and not cheap, often selling for $100-150.

    Jim
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    tinakikr New Member

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    Thank you, I appreciate it!
    :)
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