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REVOLVER Smith and Wesson Lady Smith kit, second model, with dagger on garter and holster
United States - XIXth century
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Caliber: 22 long rifle - hand ejector
Barrel with seven rooms, round barrel marked "Smith and Wesson Springfiel Mass USA" and accompanied by the dates of patents. The carcass marked with the symbol of the manufacturer accompanied by the mention: "Trade mark".
Stock with mother-of-pearl plates inlaid with two small round gold medallions, engraved with the manufacture. Nickel-plated finish. All parts numbered.
Carries the n°16647 and struck with the star.
Very good condition.
This revolver would have belonged to a prostitute; complete in a case, with its dagger on garter, also called pike-shell. Its fuse is in mother-of-pearl and its scabbard in leather. An elastic with lace allowed to hide the knife under the skirt.
The revolver was kept in a brown leather holster decorated with the same rose pattern as the scabbard.
We can easily imagine the danger that the girls of joy could sometimes incur. As a risky profession, it is necessary to be able to protect oneself or even to threaten the customers. The defense aids were concealed, embellished, appropriate - we have noted the roses, also note the golden dollar sign.
A more common and better known tool is the virtue dagger, known as the "pickaxe". It is the combination of these two tusks that might point to the particular status of this woman: she was likely to face more danger, such as perhaps the management of a salon or a house of joy.
This weapon of collection is, according to the article L311-2 of the Code of the internal security, classified weapons of collection, category D. Its acquisition and its detention are free. We remind you that their sale is forbidden to minors.
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