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While cleaning out an old family residence we came upon a wooden box with my wife's great-grandfather's name engraved on it. Inside were some civil war era photos of the old boy (he fought for the Confederacy) and other goodies, including a six-shot double-action pin-fire revolver with a fold up trigger (and 20 rounds of ammo). The only marking is on the cylinder. An oval with a capitol "E' over a capitol "L' and "G" with a small crown under them... and a second small crown and another "G" below the oval. The sight groove is in the head of the hammer and only usable when the gun is cocked on single action. The action is amazingly strong and the cylinder tight and the grips are in remarkably good condition.
Question is... value wise... do I display it on the wall of the den or lock it away in the gun vault.
 

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It's a wall hanger, no insurance needed.

The ELG in oval is the Liege, Belgium proofmark, where the majority of these originated, and the folding trigger indicates it's probably the small pocket size in 7mm or 9mm, which were made in large numbers by nameless "cottage industry" workmen.
 

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Thanks for the info. It's headed for a shadow box with the photos, brass buttons, medals, and cap badge we found with it . . . probably best to keep it all together for the old soldier anyhow.
 

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The Pin Fire cartridges are valuable with in them self. They are very much in demand among cartridge collectors.:)
 
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