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.
Ornate gold decorated percussion pistol originating from India, early to mid 19th century.
Engraved Remington Rider pocket revolver with ivory grips, mid 19th century.
Matchlock “Tamancha” pistol originating from India, late 18th or early 19th century.
Excellent condition World War II Japanese Type 94 semi automatic pistol with original canvas holster and cleaning rod. Manufactured at the Nagoya Arsenal, May 1945.
Sold at Auction: $1,700
A cased set of ivory handled, engraved percussion pistols originating from Liege, Belgium, circa 1830’s.
A silver handled Smith and Wesson New Model No. 3 single action revolver engraved by Tiffany and Co. Circa 1888.
Currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Excellent condition engraved and mother of pearl mounted Chicago Firearms Palm Protector pistol, circa 1893.
Sold at Auction; $2,250
Unique superimposed load ratchet fire pistol, early to mid 19th century.
From Rock Island Auctions:
“Made by an unknown smith, this pistol started life as a single shot underhammer target pistol before being changed to it’s present configuration. The original working guts of the pistol have been stripped, and a novel single trigger, mutli-hammer arrangement has been installed in its place. A series of 4 percussion nipples have been installed on the upper left flat, each with a single hammer that is lifted and dropped in sequence, muzzle to breech, by a ratchet driven camshaft, which is moved by the spring loaded double action trigger. In operation, four charges of powder and ball would be loaded, one atop another, and then (hopefully) fired one at a time.”
Estimated Value: $5,000 - $7,500
The German C-96 “Red 9” Broomhandle Pistol,
During World War I, the famous Luger pistol was the most popular side arm of the German Army. However production of the Luger was slow due to its complicated and precise engineering. To make up for the shortage the German Army contracted Mauser Works to manufacture a version of the C-96 chambered in 9mm Luger as an alternative. The new pistol produced was identical to the original C-96, the only difference being the change in caliber. To ensure that it was not accidentally loaded with the wrong ammunition, a large red painted 9 was carved into the handle, hence its nickname. Like other broomhandle pistols they were often issued with a detachable wooden buttstock which also served as a holster. 150,000 “Red 9” broomhandles were produced, of which approximately 137,000 were delivered to the German Army.
An incredible set of cased, engraved, gold plated, and ivory stocked Model 1854 Lefaucheux pinfire revolvers. Inscribed “Viterbo Hosta, 1862”.
A marriet style 18 shot percussion pepperbox revolver crafted by Auguste Francotte of Liege, Belgium. Early to mid 19th century.
Rare Venditti lever action pistol. Originates From Italy, circa 1870’s. One of only 100 produced.
Estimated Value: $4,500 - $7,000
Factory engraved Merwin Hulbert single action revolver with ivory grips. Late 1870’s.