A Good French Military Model 1822 Percussion Service Pistol, St. Etienne Arsenal
An Antique French Military Model 1822 Percussion Service Pistol made at the St. Etienne Arsenal, circa. dated "1856". 7 13/16" .69 cal. octagon-to-round iron barrel struck w/multiple Arsenal and inspector's marks, tang engraved; ' Mle 1822 bis '. Lock marked; ' Mre Imp ale de St Etienne', and, an inspector's stamp above. Regulation brass and iron furniture stamped w/multible arsenal and inspector's marks. Stock is solid with a stress crack at the wrist (does not go all the way through), dings and scratches from years of handling, left side stamped; w/multiple arsenal and inspector's marks, 'ST ETIENNE', 'P. THOMAS ?' and the round arsenal cartouche. All steel parts have areas of salt and pepper pitting. Original ram rod. In good mechanical working order.
Note: These pistols were imported by the North and South in the first 2 years of the Civil War.
Consignment; Collins Collection, 2015., (AWQQMC)