I got this one yesterday in Columbia, don't know too much about it yet, but found it interesting. It is in great condition. Lots of markings, including s/n 1204, and the letters " V.C.S. * C.G.H. " over " SUHL" in an oval. Did not know what it was, browsed my books until I found a picture of it.
Come on guys !!!!! I know some of you can tell me something about this one. Is there a way to decode the unit markings on the backstrap ? They read "R.1.H.8.2. ". Anyone know of a holster for it ? Value ?
You need to take this to Jan Still's fourm. They have one just on the Reichrevolvers. There are people on there that can tell you all about it. I have one almost like yours mine was mfg. at Erfurt in 1893. They are Model 1883.
Your revolver was made by the consortium of V Christian Shilling and C G Haenel, both of Suhl. Is it dated? I think that the markings decode as revolver number 2 of the 8th squadron of the 1st Hussars reserve unit. However, can you please say what sizes and fonts the markings are; a photo would be much better.
I took 7 pictures of the markings - none came out !!! The letters are same size and both capitals, the 1 & 8 are slightly smaller than the letters, the 2 is about half the size of the letters. A member of another forum offered this translation, what do you think ??? Bavarian Infantry Regiment 1 Company 8 waffe Nr2
Rick Is the R in script (ie fancy curly writing)? I made my decode based on an article in an old Gun Digest. According to that a script R means Reserve, whilst a block capital H Hussars, Infantry is I, and yes the rack or gun number (your 2) should be the smallest.