Percussion pistol, cal. 22 mm. (at muzzle). Made in Belgium, circa 1850.
A cheap cast steel pistol popular with gold diggers during the gold rush period. For this reason they are known as "miners pistols" in Australia.
Alternative name: Miners Pistol
Muzzle loading, smooth bore, cannon shaped barrel 102 mm. long, belled at the muzzle. Box lock with central hammer, oval steel trigger guard, flat wooden grip.
Donation from Mrs R. M. Downes, 18 Oct 1945
Place & Date Made
Belgian proof & inspection mark on barrel. Pistol numbered 36.
Type of item
Exhibition Collection Management
225 mm (Length), 29 mm (Width), 100 mm (Height)
Width = Diameter of barrel at widest point; Width of butt = 20mm