Chapter 4 – Fiction, Odds and Ends
4.6 Accessories of the Centaure
Accessories of the Centaure
Display Cases – English Fit
Display Cases – French Fit
Bullet Molds – Steel
Bullet Molds – Brass
Oil Bottles and Vent Picks
Original Cartons and Leaflets
Cartons from Germany
Cartons from the U.S.A.
U.S. Handling Instructions
U.S. Warranty Slip
Like Colt Firearms in Hartford the maker of our favourite Belgian percussion revolver Fabriques d’Armes Unies de Liège (F.A.U.L.), particularly their main U.S. dealer Centennial Arms Corporation of Lincolnwood but other dealers and distributors in Europe and New Zealand as well offered wooden display cases for the Centaures. Different grades seem to have been available including elaborate presentation cases like for two pistols or for Cavalry Models with shoulder stocks.
According to our survey data this cased option could be had for three of the five models of the New Model Army (NMA) except for the Marshal and the special-order Pocket Army. Although cased Marshals and Pocket Armies are recorded their cases were originally for the 8” barrelled brothers.
Original F.A.U.L. accessories namely powder flasks, cap boxes, bullet moulds or nipple wrenches could be had during the 1960s and into the 1970s. Today the cases with original accessories are rare and pricey finds. If you happen to spot one for sale today, there are often Italian accessories added.
Varying colors of the interior of the cases was noted including different shades of blue, green and red. The cases you find in the next chapters are taken from the picture collection of the data bank of the Centaure & FROCS website https://wp.1960nma.org/. Cases were filled with both plain and engraved Centaures.
Display Cases – English Fit
Most cases recorded were made in English fit, much less in French fit. English fit implies partitions. The listing of the sets is by models and serial numbers, starting with Regular New Model Armies (RNMAs).
184.108.40.206_2 Cased and custom engraved RNMA 2nd variation #2211 with F.A.U.L. made mould, original cap box, Italian flask discovered in the U.S.A.
220.127.116.11_3 Custom cased RNMA 1st variation #6017 with Italian accessories found in Finland
18.104.22.168_4 Cased and custom engraved RNMA 5th variation #7425 with Italian flask, mould and cap box of unknown origin spotted in France
22.214.171.124_5 Cased RNMA 1st variation #8645 with Italian accessories unearthed in Germany
126.96.36.199_6 Custom cased RNMA 3rd variation #9960 with Italian accessories from in the U.S.A.
188.8.131.52_7 Cased and custom engraved RNMA 5th variation #14164 with original accessories discovered in Germany
184.108.40.206_8 Custom cased Civilian 1st variation #C320 with Italian accessories from the U.S.A.
220.127.116.11_9 Cased Civilian 2nd variation #C782 with Italian accessories found in the U.S.A.
18.104.22.168_10 Rare custom cased Cavalry set 1st variation #F220 with accessories of unknown origin discovered in the U.S.A.