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A single-shot Belgian Flobert saloon or 'parlour' pistol, retailed by James W. Rosier, Melbourne.
A common form of small European calibre pistol when indoor target shooting was popular during the mid-nineteenth century, it is a little unusual to see them retailed in Australia where outdoor sports shooting predominated. Rosier's name is engraved in flowing cursive script along the barrel, surrounded by inlaid foliate motifs in silver and copper wire.
In typical Continental style, with its tendril foliate relief carving along the stock and spurred triggerguard, this is one of a pair of identical pistols retailed by Rosier with matching serial numbers. Sadly, a previous owner separated them at auction several years apart, and while I got one, I missed the other. Hopefully the 'brothers' won't roam solo for too long before they can be reunited.
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