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    Posted 5 years ago

    deville
    (1 item)

    The only thing i know about this is what is written on it.

    one side has 1914 - 1918 LE POILU on the trigger it has modele

    other side on trigger DEPOSE and a number 468 on end of barrel

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    Comments

    1. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      brass knuckle duster gun:
      http://phatzine.com/design/vintage-brass-knuckle-duster-gun-1358.html
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      I'm still trying to figure out how this would work dependably! Maybe, glue the cartridge in ? Pull the trigger forward 1st ? In my mind, I've already redesigned this into a 3 shot .22 long, automatic !! LOL!! Hey, it's what I'm good at ! If you ever shot somebody with a .22 short & somebody told them, they might get pissed !!
    3. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 5 years ago
      Interesting piece! I wonder why someone filled the fluted section with metal (compare with the one at the URL. Both have only three digit serials. Makes me wonder how many were made.

      Blunder, my brother-in-law got shot in the forehead with a .22 short. The bullet just flattened against his skull and caused no permanent damage beyond a scar. That's supplied us with years of "Thick Skull" and "Shot in the head but didn't hit anything vital" jokes!
    4. Deano Deano, 5 years ago
      This is a fantastic item. I too wonder how many were made. Very cool.
    5. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 5 years ago
      Is this trench art?
    6. deville, 5 years ago
      There is a heavy brass spring under the emblem so when the hammer is cocked the trigger is armed ready to fire. The barrel had been made inoperable at some stage in its life buy the look of it and now it works fine at close range with a 22 short.
      Is LE POILU french for the police ?
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      It means : Hairy. Whatever that's supposed to mean here.
    8. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      Poilu is an informal term for a French World War I infantryman; so the dates and emblems go along with that interpretation:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poilu
    9. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      the link in the first comment also mentions the WWI connection.
      Another informative link:
      http://feldgrau.info/waffen/11302-le-centenaire-i-le-poilu
    10. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      if that last link doesn't come up with the correct language for you check the language box at top of page...
    11. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      more Le Centenaire high res photos:
      http://www.littlegun.info/arme%20francaise/artisans%20c%20d/a%20centenaire%20gb.htm
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Great research TC. Thanks.

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