This rifle is the subject of a patent of 1862; it is all that I can say. At that time is indexed a "Fontvieille & Co" to St Quentin in Aisne (F). I suppose that Fontvieille proposed its invention (actually a transformation) with the tests of the Belgian army, which explains its presence in the collections of the Royal Museum of Brussel.
Many thanks to the "ROYAL ARMY MUSEUM" Bruxelles and especially the section "ARMES PORTATIVE".
(N° identification : F29/196 Collection of "Comte de Ribaucourt")
Length 141mm/Barrel 100mm/18mm riffled.
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