With thanks to Mike M for these pics and to John G for facilitating.
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This is the only known example of this rare pistol.
This is the pistol featured in the EG catalogue here:
Victoria - Prototype?.
With thanks to Bill for these pics.
Professor John Griffiths, author of The Encyclopedia of Spring Air Pistols, said of this pistol: "The similarity of the action to the Eisenwerke Gaggenau PP pistol and of the grip design to the later Eisenwerke Gaggenau Victoria is too much of a coincidence, so in my opinion the gun was made by that company. As no other example has ever been reported, and no catalogue entries for the 1890-1908 period show this gun, it was probably an experimental design following on from the PP pistol, where the original fancy and very expensive walnut fluted grip was simplified and modernised.
"This was probably still too expensive a system to produce and so the new grip design was kept and a break barrel action introduced, so giving the Victoria pistol...
"Eisenwerke did not always stamp their guns with their crossed pistols logo, so the lack of any makers name is not too surprising, especially if this was an experimental design."