POTD: Slash and Bang – Dumonthier Pinfire Knife Revolver
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! I am a sucker for the past because it is something to learn from; stuff like what did and did not work. Take this Dumonthier Pinfire Knife Revolver for instance. Who would not want a backup to their first line of self-defense? Boom! Revolver plus knife, it is a no-brainer. Obviously, this idea did not take off, but it was not an uncommon business adventure for most of the 1800s. There were all sorts of handguns that had bayonets, folding knives, and built-in knives just like this knife revolver.
“Combination double-action revolver and knife with Liege proofmarks. This double-action, six-shot 11M/M pinfire revolver, has a part-octagon barrel with 12-inch knife blade. The revolver has two-piece wooden grips with iron screw escutcheons, a loading gate on the right side of the frame and a round butt with a lanyard ring. The unidentified revolver is very similar to the Belgium 11 M/M Lefaucheux double-action revolver with the exception of the combination knife/barrel. The left side of the barrel lug is roll-stamped: “DUMONTHIER/BREVET BTG” in two lines. An oval, Liege, proofmark is stamped on the cylinder. The revolver was probably manufactured in the early-mid 1860s.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 235: Dumonthier Pinfire Revolver/Knife Revolver 11 mm pinfire/20 gaug [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #49, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 20, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/49/235/dumonthier-pinfire-revolverknife-revolver-11-mm-pinfire20-gaug