A pair of gold decorated Spanish ball butt miquelet pistols, circa 1700.
The Velodog Revolver,
A creation of the French pistol maker Charles Francois Galland in the late 19th century, the Velodog was a small pocket revolver popular in France and Belgium in the late 19th and early 20th century. While there were many makers of Velodog revolvers in Europe at the time, most share common characteristics. First, they were small five or six shot double action revolvers, often hammerless and lacking a trigger guard. Instead of a trigger guard, for the safety most Velodogs had a folding trigger, which also made the pistol more compact for carrying. Secondly, most Velodogs were of small caliber. At first they were produced in a caliber called 5.75 Velodog, a 5.5mm (.22 caliber) jacket cartridge similar to the .22 magnum today. Later Velodogs were produced in other small calibers such a .22 long rifle and .25 ACP.
The purpose of the velodog was very specific, for bicyclers to defend themselves against dog attacks. The name “velodog” is a portmanteau of the words “velocipede”, an early type of bicycle (pictured above), and “dog”. While this may seem laughable today, remember that at the time, bicycles were crude, slow vehicles and that 19th century Paris was infested with thousands of dangerous, rabid dogs. For those seeking a more humane solution, 5.75 Velodog cartridges were produced loaded with cayenne pepper.
A Native American tack and leather decorated Winchester Model 1873.
Historic and Cultural Value: Priceless
Engraved Stevens Model 52 Junior single shot target rifle, late 19th century.
Estimated Value: $7,000 - $10,000
An experimental prototype semi automatic pistol chambered in 7.63 Mauser. Late 19th or early 20th century.
The Delhaxhe Knuckleduster Revolver,
While the most famous, the Apache pinfire revolver was not the first knuckleduster revolver design. There were several that came before, and many more that were made after. The Delhaxhe was a design that was produced in 1870 six years before the introduction of the Apache. Made in Belgium, the Delhaxhe fired an 11mm pinfire cartridge. The Delhaxhe was different from the Apache in two major ways. First, the Apache had a folding grip/knuckleduster whereas the Delhaxhe was solid frame and grip. Finally the Apache had a forward pointing blade whereas the Delhaxhe’s blade was located under the grip. To make use of the blade, the user either had to turn the pistol upside down, creating a formidable knife and knuckleduster combo, or the user could simple swing the blade in a hammerfist style fashion.
An excellent condition nickle plated Dolne Apache knuckleduster revolver. Originates from Paris, cira 1880.
A factory engraved Smith and Wesson No. 3 revolver with pearl grips. Exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.
Estimated Value: $22,500 - 35,000
Ornate silver and gold decorated flintlock jaegar rifle of contemporary make, crafted by Mark Silver,