* Rare Le Mat system revolver (type 1862/1877), centerfire, nine-shot, octagonal barrel, chambering, diameter 10.4 mm; the centerfire barrel, caliber 16.5 mm, has a numbered ramrod underneath: "83".
Unsigned and unstamped, possibly a modified pinfire prototype with central percussion, all parts numbered: "6", except the ramrod. Cylindrical barrel with a grooved collar on the loading side; white polished finish; model 1862 stock, cap finished with a bore for the passage of a lanyard or ring, checkered walnut stock plates; overall length 31 cm.
Early Third Republic period. Very good condition.
This model does not appear in the book: Colonel François A. LE MAT by Marie-Antoinette and Alain SERPETTE, April 1995.
Dr. François Alexandre LE MAT, Bordeaux 1821, Paris 1895. Medical inventor, colonel and aide-de-camp to the Governor of
Louisiana on April 16, 1859; creator of the famous LE MAT revolver on February 5, 1858, Paris patent no. 35312. He played an important role in the American Civil War.