Wanting to find out more about this old cap & ball black powder rifle that an old man gave me as a boy years ago. It's been sitting in the corner of my room behind a bookcase and I really forgot about it. Any information will be appreciated!
"ELG" believe Belgium poof. so European manufacture. Looks like it has some age on it, pretty cool rifle. 32 or 36? caliber, should be some kind of markings on it.
Thanks! I know more than I did an hour ago! I checked for other markings besides those I photographed, nothing.
The circle E L G * is a Belgium proofmark......1811 to 1892 at the proofhouse in Liege
Alphs'e Malherbe is the gunmaker, but I cannot locate his name but many other Malherbe's come up as other Belgium gunmakers, so he is a relative of the more prominent Malherbe's.
"Mons" is a province in the center of Belgium, and the capital of that province.
558 is the actual serial number of the rifle. It takes about a 44 caliber or 11 mm lead ball.
Wow, thank you for all the information!!! that really is good to know!