Lefaucheux Mle 1854 revolver
Designed and manufactured by Eugene Lefaucheux in Paris, France – serial number 21218.
12mm pinfire six-round cylinder, double action, side loading gate and manual ejector rod.
Eugene Lefaucheux’s father, Casimir, patented pinfire cartridges in 1835 to fit his previous patent, the break action layout for long arms. Improved in the 1840′s by Houiller, this early design of clean-firing metallic cartridges allowed for a multitude of breech-loading firearm designs to pop up in France, Belgium, Germany… you know any country that didn’t have a patent on bored through cylinders or just wasn’t full of stuck up idiots.