An Adams double-action revolver with scrolling metal work and a lion’s head grip will be up for auction next month. Illinois-based Rock Island Auction House describes the antique French revolver as in “very fine” condition.
Designed by the Le Page business, a family of gunmakers from 1717 until 1913, the handgun is signed “MANFD BY A.F. LICENSED BY/LEANE ADAMS & DEANE LONDON.” Le Page weapons won many awards at the famous mid-19th century Paris exhibitions, according to the listing.
Also, the right side of the frame is marked “ADAMS PATENT 7288” followed by a crown over “AF” proofmark. The left side of the frame is marked “ADAMS/1851/PATENT” inside an oval.
The engraved floral scrollwork executed by a period master engraver is featured on the frame, grip straps, trigger guard, and barrel with full coverage on the cylinder.
Overall, the revolver appears to have been left in the white with nickel plated trigger guard and bobbed hammer and niter blue on some of the small components.
The one piece ivory grip exhibits a deep relief floral scroll carving on the sides and a carved open mouth lion’s head on the butt which features jeweled eyes and silver teeth.
Bids for the Adams revolver start at $15,000. The auction is scheduled Sept. 9-11.