DescriptionCased Pair of Belgian Percussion Salon Pistols by Vivario-Plomdeur. Auguste PLOMDEUR was a gunmaker ( arquebusier) in Paris 1845-1870, he succeed his father Jacques-Joseph PLOMDEUR who was a gunmaker in Liege ( Belgium) and Paris ( 1825-1840) and applied for several patents related to percussion caps.
Auguste PLOMDEUR entered into a collaboration with N. VIVARIO and created the brand VIVARIO-PLOMDEUR at the end of the French 2nd Empire around 1870. They became gunmaker of his majesty the king of Belgium in Liege.
Comprising: 1) Unserialized, approximately .32 caliber, 10-inch octagonal barrel with address reading: N. VIVARIO PLOMDER ARQR. DU ROI A LIEGE. Pinned front and notched rear sights. Top of breech marked with numeral 1. Leige proofmark to left side of barrel at breech. Fine scroll engraving at breech, upper tang, lock, trigger guard and straps. Carved and fluted ebony grips. Engraved and faceted butt.
2) Same as #1 above. Top of breech marked with numeral 2.
Contained in European-style case with flush-mounted brass handle which is engraved: E. TOUBERT. Maroon felt-lined French casing. Complete with all tools including ebony cleaning rod and ebony, barrel-shaped cap tin with caps. Also contained in the set is a Paris-marked powder flask. Case with one compartment with lid containing antique linen bag, several balls and bronze St. Helen medal. Napoleon III honored in 1857 all still living combatants who fought for France in the period 1792-1815. Among them there were Dutch soldiers.
Pinned to inside of lid is an old card from a famous Paris military weapons expert describing the accessories and stating that Vivario-Plomdeur was a pistol maker to the king of Belgium.
Condition: Fine. Each gun retaining approximately 40-50% of the original bright blue with areas of loss suggesting contact with liquid. Scattered patches of fine pitting. Screw driver appears to be a replacement. All else fine with light age patina. This appears to be a well-preserved set, un-molested for 140 years.
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