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Revolver Hammer.  Art Versailles
A revolver is a system fitted to a firearm in which the chambers (part of the weapon containing the propellant charge and the projectile) are rotated in turn in front of an independent barrel, making it possible to fire several shots without interruption.
The revolver also designates, by synecdoche, the portable handgun equipped with this rotating system.

On a revolver with a barrel which does not tilt, the barrel can turn to allow loading chamber by chamber at the half-cocked notch. This is the position which also allows the “Russian roulette” barrel to be “launched”.
There is only one direction of rotation, except on an old model in the Russian army, precisely, where the elevator did not touch the half-armed barrel, which therefore let it turn without brake in both ways. The weight of a single cartridge was enough, by gravity, to rotate the barrel so as to place the cartridge at the lowest, and this regardless of how it is launched… If all goes as planned, the first and the second armed are safe. Arming the third shot requires a special helping hand when arming to «drop» the bullet away from the barrel.

Bulldog and Velodog type revolvers are mostly very old! Bulldogs were chambered in fairly large caliber, especially compared to their small size. Velodog were created in France in the early 1900s to protect cyclists against dog attacks. They were traditionally chambered in small calibers. These handguns are highly sought after by collectors. Some are real little gems with bone or mother-of-pearl grips!

The weapon we have here is a hammerless Bulldog type five shots 6mm caliber revolver.
The barrel is round with a barrel engraved with foliage, it has a barrel engraved with foliage. The trigger is folding.
The butt plates are ivory.
The revolver dates from the end of the 19th century.
Revolver Hammer
Collectibles and Objects of Art,  Old weapons
Authenticity / Provenance: Original  /   Period: XIXth c  /  
Posted: november 23, 2021 / Modified: november 23, 2021
Copyright Art Versailles

Historien d'art, Archéologue; Chercheur Free-Lance (Er)
Premium members Historien d'art, Archéologue; Chercheur Free-Lance (Er) , November 23
Jolie pièce. Bravo pour les explications.
Mon père, militaire de carrière, en fut doté d'un au Vietnam / Saïgon (-- par obligation, pour leurs sorties, et ceci dans leurs fameux «baise-en-ville»). Il le ramena d'Indochine, ensuite, dans sa cantine, où je l'ai trouvé… Plus tard.
Ce bull-dog, petit & bien dissimulable, lui aura redu bien des services !
Revolver Hammer
160 €  114 £  182 $ 
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