Hippolit Mehles

The weapon

Revolver with central percussion and box frame of type CONSTABLE.

The cylinder with 6 blows is grooved.

The barrel is with 8 sides with a back sight brought back to dovetail.

The left side of the console carries a pedal of safety to “german”.

The head of hammer is milled.

The stick consists of two wood crossettes of drowning finely squared.

They are maintained by a screw and two rivet washers of brass.

The stick ends in a ring of suspension and its screw-pivot.


The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

ELG on star in a vertical oval: acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.

E spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.

The weapon was thus manufactured between 1877 and 1893.


FV on the back face of the barrel could be a mark of manufacturer; I however did not find any correspondence among the arms manufacturers of the time.

N and D on the metal amounts of stick, also unknown, perhaps acts it of marks of subcontractors ?


“HM” in Berlin, it was the firm of HIPPOLIT MEHLES, to see publicities in appendix.

This revolver (10,6 mm of Reichsrevolver gauge, I think) at summer manufactured before 1891. It thus carries the letter “V” under crown for “Vorrat” (reserve) because it was not to be tested according to the law of 1891.

“PRIMA GUSS-STAHL” = perfect crucible cast steel

“EINGESCHOSSEN” = tested with the shooting