Manufactured in Lige, Belgium c.1910~14 for the Montenegrin market, due to King Nicholas the first of Montenegro’s wish for everyone of his citizens to be armed with such a handgun. 11,3x36mm six-round cylinder, single and double action, side loading gate and manual ejector rod. Thing is, when you’re a king your wishes literally are the law. That’s why you can be sure that every old photograph of a Montenegrin subject will have them packing heat.
On November 19th, 1789, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria died. She was the second born
child, and second daughter, of Maria Theresa and Francis I.
marriage because of a physical disability, she had instead become an Abbess, which was a typical path for Royal Women who didn’t marry.
Her health began deteriorating
in the winter of 1788, causing a shortness of breath
and the inability for her to move without a wheelchair. She died the
following year, leaving her entire inheritance to the monastery in
Klagenfurt, where she had lived for many yeas. Her
last words were said to have been:
“It is probably a good country, I’ve had it ever loving. There are
good people with whom I lived happily and I leave with difficulty.“
Maria Anna was buried at Klagenfurt, one of four of her siblings not to be buried in the Imperial Crypt with their Habsburg ancestors.