A RARE .177 CO2-POWERED GIFFARD'S PATENT AIR-PISTOL SIGNED 'MANUFACTURE FRANCAISE D'ARMES ET CYCLES', serial no. 3563,
circa 1895, with round, stepped 11in. barrel signed 'MANUFACTURE FRANCAISE D'ARMES ET CYCLES DE SAINT ETIENNE', dove-tailed beaded-blade fore-sight, elevating tangent rear-sight, scroll engraved slab-sided receiver with rotating loading tap for ball and external hammer, detachable reservoir under the barrel (bearing the serial number), chequered walnut grips with domed iron pommel fitted with central finial, spurred trigger-guard and adjustable trigger, traces only of original blued finish
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