A nice couple; the white is in original configuration (white, firing pin one piece with the hammer, drum axe not removable), the black was blued about 1881 for Cavalry & Officers use (blued, firing pin fixed to hammer, removable drum axe).
The holster is original.
It is about one of Lefaucheux 1854 manufactured by Glisenti (with rod!!) after the contract of the 5.000 guns manufactured by Eugene for Carabinieri Reali (with barrel of 10 cm and without rod). Mechanics is exactly similar.
Very Fine Cased Pin Fire Revolver by "G. Glisenti" of Brescia
9mm pinfire, 5-shot rd. cyl., 6 1/4" rd. and octagonal barrel. The barrel retains a post front sight and the hammer is notched for the rear sight. This fine pistol is finished in the white with relief factory engraving on the barrel, frame, back strap, hammer, etc. and is fitted with a lanyard ring in the butt stock. Two-piece ivory grips. The pistol is cased in a French style fitted case of maroon velour interior. Brown leatherette exterior. The interior has a small compartment with gold and ivory handle and 12 holes for cartridges.
Many thanks to “CWSLAGLEANTIQUES” for the pictures.
A Glisenti of the years 1874- 1880: It's the model build under licence Chamelot Delvigne for the Royal cavalry
The Glisenti Automatic Pistols
Starting with the 1906 model (invented by Abiel Bethel Revelli, an Italian Army officer) in the 7.65 Glisenti caliber, 8 shots (which resembles closely the 7.65 Para, except for a higher hump and a weaker powder charge).
The Ordnance Board adopted the 1906 (under a different name) and ordered a small quantity of pistols. Later on, considering that the 7.65 caliber was not suitable for military use, a challenge was organized with a view to adopting a 9 mm pistol.
This lead to the adoption of the modified Glisenti 9 mm pistol, that went into production in 1909 and was adopted under the name "model 1910".
Total length: 206 mm
Barrel length : 95 mm
Weight : 800 gram
Magazine capacity: 7 rounds
Square iron slide which contains the obturator, which is locked into position by a springloaded cam. The main spring also operates the firing pin.
The obturator is hold against the breech by a springloaded lever, that keeps the barrel closed until the pressure has fallen down. There are two safety levers, one located in the grip and one, called "butterfly"
at the rear of the breech.
The finish is grey-blue, the inner side polished in small circles. The obturator, its lever and the magazine are nickel plated.
The bakelite grips with the Savoy shield were so weak that when they broke they were immediately replaced by wooden grips.
Two years later, a simplified model was issued, called the "Brixia". It was heavier (950 gram), had no grip safety and a better breech locking system, although not yet allowing for a continue use of the 9 mm Para ammo.
One of the most fascinating semi-auto pistols manufactured by "Societa Siderugica Glisenti, Brescia". The right side of the slide displays following markings, "CROWN FAB 1910" and "TM". Scarce pistol manufactured in the period of 1910-1920-s for Italian army. Italian proofs are stamped on all major parts of the pistol. Italian military black plastic grips with diamond checkering and crowned eagle with crest of Savoy.
Italian Vetterli short rifle in its original single shot configuration. The rifle was issued to Italian "special forces" (Truppe Speciali). The chamber displays following markings, "GLISENTI, Rampant Lion, BRESCIA". Early pattern rear sight is graduated from 100 to 800 meters (for black powder). Bayonet lug is present on the right side of the muzzle.
Many thanks to "COLLECTIBLESFIREARMS" for the photos
Pin Fire Revolver by "G. Glisenti" of Brescia
9mm pinfire, 5-shot rd. cyl., 6 1/4" rd. and oct. bbl. The barrel retains a post front sight and the hammer is notched for the rear sight.
This fine pistol is finished in the white with relief factory engraving on the barrel, frame, back strap, hammer, etc. and is fitted with a lanyard ring in the butt stock. Two-piece ivory grips.
The pistol is cased in a French style fitted case of maroon velour interior. Brown leatherette exterior. The interior has a small compartment with gold and ivory handle and 12 holes for cartridges.
Many thanks to "CWSLAGLEANTIQUES" for the photo.
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