Revolver exported to Germay, delivered to The Boers, South Afrika.
Serial number 34.
Serial number 34.
There were a 10+mm and maybe 11+mm Nagants, the originals were made for South America (Brazil and maybe someone else), but they could also sell same models commercially. So to find 0.40+ Nagant revolver in area where 0.40+ revolvers were popular would not surprise me.9mm or 7.5mm Nagants
Germany was NOT the enemy of Britain at this time - in fact Kaiser Wilhelm II was Queen Victoria's grandson, her daughter's own child. Victorias husband was Albert, Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and until the time of WW1, inter-marriage of ghreat German families and the British royalty was common-place. Queen Mary, wife of George V, was formerly Princess Mary of Teck - a principality in the Kingdom of Württemberg, At this time most of German royalty and British royalty were inextricably mixed up - a fact that remains with us today.From 1891 was started to mark all weapons for foreing country's with the crowned V. This period was véry short, because Germany was started to unite as one big nation. The crowned V is the first unique mark for all export weapens arriving in Germany. As enemy of Britain they bouth everywere in Europe Weapons to deliver at the Boers.
Actually, not right. Nagant is definitely a manufacturer. “Arms Factory of Emil and Leon Nagant” (Fabrique d’Armes Emile and Leon Nagant) was located at Quai of Ourthe, 41 in Liege. However, by 1896 Emil Nagant had become practically blind and withdrew from the business. On 28 April 1896 the factory became the “Arms Factory Leon Nagant” (Fabrique d’Armes Leon Nagant”). Nagant designs were made under licence and copied all over the world. The company was liquidated in 1931.Nagant is a design not a manufacturer. They were made in several countries and in several calibers. The word 'Brevet' on the frame means license, as in a licensed copy, and appears on some Belgian pistols so the pistol probably was made in Belgium. As an aside, some Colt 1851 Navy percussion revolvers were made in Belgium under license and have the word 'Brevet' stamped on the barrel. I think the star F marks on the barrel and frame are Belgian inspection marks. Look on the cylinder face for an oval with the letters ELG and a star inside for confirmation of Belgian manufacture. I can't make out the symbol on the cylinder so I can't look it up in my reference book.