Belgium 1840 Model, with Hidden Trigger

Manufactured c.1840. The smooth bore octagon barrel is fitted with a spring loaded 2 1/4 inch long bayonet on the underside that is released by pulling back the trigger guard; it then locks in place on a lug below the muzzle. The frame has a light floral type engraving with a round Liege "E/LG" proof on the left side and a "1" over a "crown/AF" proof on the bottom just ahead of the trigger guard. This latter proof has been recorded as the mark of Auguste Francotte. It is fitted with a one-piece, checked, bag shaped grip.