Jules Digonnet

Rifle pinfire juxtaposed “Fini par Digonnet à Lyon” (Finished by Digonnet in Lyon) on locks.

That which corresponds more it is:

Jules Digonnet St Etienne of 1854 - 1892 street Villeboeuf in Lyon.

Arms manufacturer (retailer) in Lyon and President of the trade union of the arms manufacturers of South-east at the end of XIXme century (circa 1890).

The barrel carries the trademark of L. Piney, which was a famous platinor of St Etienne at this same time, like Heurdrieu, specialist in the Damas barrels.

Blazon under trigger guard: probably weapons of the owner of the time.

Antoine Heurtier - It was initially leading Trade union of the mechanics extractors of coal between 1888 and 1893 before leaving the mine to become arms manufacturer.

Patentee of fitting of rifle, it becomes thereafter one of the best gunners of Saint-Etienne of his time, founder member of the Union of the inventors and industrial artists of the Loire.

Piney - Nothing in the files on called Piney at that time. But one on several occasions finds this name in the history of the arms manufacturers of Saint-Etienne, at older dates. Its initial coupled with that of Heurtier on the punches HP let imply an association of the two men at the time or rifle was manufactured.