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Welcome to the Friends of the Centaure Society (FROCS). This website is for collectors and gun enthusiasts who are interested in the"Belgian Colt" and want to learn more about the European brother to the Hartford Colt 1860.
It's A Small World - Original Stock Reunited with Centaure
Sometime in 2010 Centaure Cavalry 2nd variation 2nd sub-variation Cavalry #F11103 was liberated at some German gun show. She came NIB and cased but without the shoulder stock. There were no (scratch) marks on the frame or grip indicating that a shoulder stock was ever attached to the pistol.
In December 2013 our Swiss FROCS #80 Arizona Pete who lives in Belgium wrote me that he was about to close a deal with a Belgian gun collector including a 2nd gen Colt Buntline and a run of the mill Centaure RNMA variant in the 7### serial number range with Belgian shoulder stock attached. He asked me about some price assessment.
Upon some further digging it turned out the shoulder stock's serial number was … you guessed it already … #F11103. No other visible stamps or marks.
#F11103 and the matching shoulder stock did not ring a bell at the time.
Only when I added the specs of the stock to my Cavalry master spread sheet a couple of days later did I note that there were now 2 objects on record with the serial number #F11103. I saw the light.
Gave Arizona Pete the bad news on the phone: that he could not follow through on that deal as far as the shoulder stock was concerned … because a family re-union has prioritiy over adding a Centaure sholder stock to a RNMA with 3 screw frame only and not matching serials. Which he took like a true FROCS would do.
He understood under the condition that I would obtain for him another (Italian) shoulder stock. Which is fair enough and I am doing today if everything works out as planned.
Today the postman rang twice and delivered the Arizona Pete's parcel from Belgium. Fits the pistol perfect, see for yourself!
Wolf and Paden