Catawiki, Europe’s fastest growing online auction house is offering collectors the chance to bid on the world’s smallest gun, which is no bigger than the size of an average fingernail. The extremely rare 19th century style French ring gun named ‘Le Petit Protector’ is estimated to sell between £900- £1,300. The French-made ‘Le Petit Protector’ is the first documented example of a firearm placed on top of a ring. Sitting where a jewel would usually be, is a steel recoil plate that serves as the base for a cylinder filled with live rounds that could be fired straight from the hand. This unique lot is set in an intricately designed brass band ring, engraved with an eye-catching vine and leaf design. The ring revolver is presented in a good condition and comes complete in a velvet-lined case with the exterior marked ‘Le Petit Protector’ in silver on the lid. Alain Dilmen, Catawiki’s specialist auctioneer, comments, “This rare piece is a spectacular show of craftsmanship and undeniably intriguing. Lots such as this rarely come to auction and with this gun being so unique we expect to see an influx of bids from across the globe.” The auction will run from the 11th to the 18th March 2016 at http://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/4941215-a-cased-le-petit-protector-ring-revolver
What is CatawikiFounded in 2008, Catawiki was originally designed as a website where collectors could manage their collections online. In 2011, Catawiki started hosting weekly online auctions in various categories including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewellery, fashion, comics and stamps. Most objects on Catawiki have a fascinating story and you won't be able to find them in an average store. Before being auctioned, each object is screened by our extensive team of experts. They help guarantee a varied and high quality selection of lots in our auctions. Nowadays, for millions of people around the world, Catawiki is the place to go for buying and selling special objects. Catawiki has offices in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Sweden among others. In 2015 Catawiki received an investment of €75 million and won the award for being the fastest growing company in Europe.
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Special ObjectsOn Catawiki everyone can find something to suit his or her interests. Every week tens of thousands of fascinating objects are available in our auctions. A few examples of objects that have been auctioned on Catawiki in the past include: a complete mammoth skeleton, the most expensive LEGO brick in the world, the pope's hat, a meteorite from Mars, Napoleon's hair, the oldest condom in the world and Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves.
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