* A RARE 2.7mm (KOLIBRI) SEMI-AUTOMATIC VEST-PISTOL SIGNED 'F.P.', MODEL 'KOLIBRI', serial no. 34,
circa 1915, with smoothbore 1 3/8in. slab-sided and fluted barrel, slab-sided receiver with ejection port and top-mounted cocking piece with integral sighting notch and groove chequered hard rubber grips marked with the initials 'F.P.' and 'KOLIBRI', exposed trigger and detachable magazine, a strong amount of original blued finish remaining, action at fault
Provenance: The diminutive little Kolibri pistol is a world record holder twice over. Not only is it the worlds smallest central fire semi automatic pistol, it also takes the worlds smallest centre-fire round of ammunition. The brainchild of Austrian watchmaker Franz Pfannl and with financial help from Georg Grabner, it used flash powder as a propellant to increase apparent effectiveness and was only produced in very small numbers. It was not a commercial success. For a similar pistol, serial number '15', see these rooms, Lot number 805, Sale Number A0320
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament