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Janssen Sons & Co. Belgian Vest Pocket Revolver + Traveling Case  -

Item sold by Gregg Martin Auctions on for :

Lot 359 Detail

Cased Janssen Sons & Co. Belgian Vest Pocket Revolver, with Leather Traveling Business Case Gold-Embossed "R. BLANCHARD RAFFLES./DEC. 25th 1870"

.22 caliber rimfire, 6 shot, 1 5/16-inch round barrel; engraved, the topstrap inscribed "JANSSEN SONS & Co."; FJ & Co on right side of frame. Blued, with checkered ebony grips. With fabric-covered wood case, the interior lid blind-tooled: "Katz Brothers Ltd./SINGAPORE". With unopened box of 50 obsolete .22 short rimfire cartridges by Remington Arms Co. Accompanied by elegant leather-covered business traveling case; the cover flap gold-embossed: R. BLANCHARD RAFFLES./DEC. 25TH 1870." Measuring 14- x 11- x 4-inches; blind-tooled; the brass lock stamped: PARKINS & GOTTO/LONDON. Gold-embossed trademark on inside compartment with leather-covered lid, including maker's name and Oxford St., London, address. Body of case with three compartments, each with leather lids; one compartment including removable mahogany tray and glass ink bottle with silver-plated lid. Key on leather strap attached to traveling case handle.

Condition: Fine. Light wear to pistol case and to traveling case; mahogany box in small compartment needs minor regluing of bottom.

Note: Accompanied by newspaper article from The Observer, Singapore, August 15, 1965, with article about Sir T.S. Raffles, credited with founding colonial Singapore as a British protectorate. Case may have belonged to a descendent of T.S. Raffles.

Estimate: $1800 - $2500

Cased Janssen Sons & Co. Belgian Vest Pocket Revolver, with Leather Traveling Business Case Gold-Embossed "R. BLANCHARD RAFFLES./DEC. 25th 1870"

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