Oh ok so are the proofs irrelevant than? Like fake proofs to make the gun look older?This looks more like a recent kit gun then an actual antique?
Ya it's hard because I don't know what to look for the closest think I found was Belgian coat gun but I don't know if it's Belgian or English or France or even Europe. Any info helps . ThanksPersonally I think it's old, they were still making selling and using these things into the early 20th century in Europe. Sorry but I don't recognize the mark on the barrel, it may not be a government proof house mark but a makers mark. Not all countries had proofing laws and proofing houses.
ok. I was going by the shape of the hammer. French guns are the only ones I've seen with it. Check out the 7th one down. http://hstrial-twomountainsf.homestead.com/Antique-Guns.htmlI can say that according to Wirnsberger's it is neither French nor Spanish.
You are correct sir. I may not have been clear myself. I don't think the gun is French but is a copy of a French gun. Unless somebody can ID the mark on it we'll likely never know where it was made.Sorry Hawg, I left my previous post too open. I meant the mark wasn't a French or Spanish proof mark. I don't know about the gun itself but, proof laws in France go back to 1729 for provisional proof and 1782 for royal proof which I take to be compulsory. That pretty much eliminates France as both dates predate the pictured pistol. Spain's mandated proof law dates from 1844 so Spanish could be a possibility if the gun predates 1844...which seems very unlikely to me. Italian proof did not become compulsory until 1923.
The lack of real proof marks makes me want to change my mind about its age. If it were a modern reproduction from any of the European countries that have made them it seems to me it would have to have a recognizable proof mark, no?