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The ring gun - French made Le Petit Protector 1800's & what it is worth

What's it worth for The ring gun - French made Le Petit Protector. For this estimated valuation the ring gun - French made Le Petit Protector should be in it's original case. The estimation is quite broad but a value can still be determined based on condition and accessories.

Posted by worthmoney on July 10, 2015

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The ring gun - French made Le Petit Protector

1800's & what it is worth

 

 

What's it worth for The ring gun - French made Le Petit Protector. For this estimated valuation the ring gun - French made Le Petit Protector should be in it's original case. The estimation is quite broad but a value can still be determined based on condition and accessories.

 

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The description:

In the early 1800s saw the height of the Industrial Revolution, in which factories and mechanization took hold of the country and the human imagination.

At the time, personal protection guns were popular. The derringer, the pen-gun, the cane gun, and many other things we see as James Bond-style today had their origins in small shops across Europe and the US during this period.

The ring gun, a revolver mounted to a piece of hand jewelry, was the next logical step.

Six shot Le Petit protector.
The French-made Le Petit Protector was the first documented example of this type of firearm. The frame of this manually operated pepperbox revolver is nothing more than a ring made from German silver.

This copper-nickel alloy actually contains no silver so don’t let that fool you—German silver is just a term for 19th century electroplating that originated in that country for inexpensive silverware, inlays on musical instruments, and the like. Placed atop the ring, where a stone would be on a normal piece of jewelry, is a fire-blued steel recoil plate that serves as the base for a cylinder full of actual, live rounds that could be fired while wearing the piece on the hand.

 

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Large enough to be worn on most any finger, the revolver had to be manually rotated through each cylinder. Around the base of the cylinder were three surface control attachments. The largest of these was the sideways facing pinfire hammer, followed by the cylinder release, and the smallest would be the trigger button. Typically, the gun would be worn on the index finger and the thumb used to fire the hammer. There was no barrel, each round fired simply from its individual cylinder. To load, unload, or reload the handgun, the user had to take a small slotted jewelers screwdriver and remove the cylinder from the ring base. Once removed, each self-contained pinfire cartridge was seated into the cylinder and then it was replaced.

ring gun trigger and release - The top lever around the cylinder is the hammer cylinder releaser. The lever on the bottom is the trigger.

 

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The Le Petit Protector and the Femme Fatal both used little brass pinfire rounds for ammunition. The pinfire was one of the first one-piece cartridges ever made. Invented by Frenchman Casimir Lefaucheux in 1828, they could also be made much smaller than the rimfire and centerfire round of today. Some of the loadings went all the way up to shotgun shell, but those fired by the ring guns were on the other end of the spectrum. These pipsqueak rounds, 2mm and 4mm, were smaller than today’s .22 rimfire CB. They sound comparable when they fire, but with just 2-5 grains lead flying at less than 500-fps from a cylinder with no barrel propelled by a tiny charge of blackpowder, the weapon only generates less than 2 ft. lbs of force. This is less than most pellet guns today, and is about enough to penetrate an inch of ballistics gel, or one side of a tin can.

SELLING – If you want to sell this item or similar expect to get the following amount if selling on-line: $5000 to $15000 Australian
BUYING – If you wish to buy this item on-line or a similar item on-line it’s a bargain if less than the following amount: $4000 Australian
PAYING TOO MUCH– if more than: $15000 Australian
VALUE – This items full estimated value at the date of posting taking into account on-line and offline prices: Our estimated value is between $4000 - $5000 Australian no case or accessories.
$5000 - $10000 with case and some accessories
$10000 - $15000 with case, rounds and all accessories in best condition.
KEEPING – If you’re thinking about keeping this item or a similar item for it to grow in value we suggest the following Waiting for at least 10 years for this item to grow in value!
AUCTION START PRICE – If you’re thinking about selling this item on-line at an auction site we suggest a minimum starting price of $4500 Australian
IS THIS ITEM RARE ON A SCALE OF 1 to 10 (10 is extremely rare) 8.4
BRAND NEW IF AVAILABLE - n/a
TIPS FOR GENUINITY - Original box, photos if online, not silver electroplate only.

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