This interesting breech-loading bicyclist's pistol with a screw-off barrel dates to the mid-1800s. 26.5 cm-long, 15 mm caliber smooth-bore brass barrel is marked with a St.Etienne proofing cartouche at the breech. Pistols of this type were carried by the early bicyclists as protection against stray dogs. Slender profile, with minimum exposed parts facilitated easy removal from bicyclist's boot.
Frame is engraved with foliate motifs, folding trigger pops out when the pistol is cocked. The butt has a compartment for percussion caps. Mechanism functions flawlessly, and the pistol is in overall excellent collectible condition. A nice and unusual piece. Obviously it's not recommended to fire this antique weapon!