Maets Revolver

Circa 1886

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Price $890 Sold

Revolver & Stand 9.6 lbs 21” W x 16” H x 4” D

  • Gun only 5.6 lbs


Steam powered weapon designed by Bernard Maets, a little known but very prolific inventor of the 19th century.

Type and Function:

This revolver is one a series of prototypes of a weapon with tremendous penetration capability in most materials.  Little is know about the revolver.  It was clearly designed for multiple firings and had a significant range. The stand found with the piece was apparently made from a weapons charging station. A scope was mounted on the revolver, but the original lenses are missing.

Attempts to fire the weapon since its discovery have failed. The exact liquid used to create the steam is a secret that has eluded all investigators. Other prototypes have likewise been limited in their functionality due to lack of information on the exact liquid used by Maets in most of his inventions.

Recovery Site:

This model was discovered in 1998 during an excavation of Native American burial mounds that predate the weapon by at least one hundred years.  How it came to be hidden in such an unlikely place is not known at this time. Further research is on going.

Principal Investigator:

This object has been recovered, studied and restored by Ed Kidera.
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