Pistol and Holster

Circa 1905

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Price $390 Sold

Pistol & Stand 6.2 lbs 16” W x 10” H x 5” D

  • Pistol and Holster 4 lbs
  • Gun only 3.6 lbs


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

Type and Function:

This pistol is one a series of prototypes of a weapon with tremendous penetration capability in most materials.  No paper work or test firings were found with the pistol.  Included with the pistol is a display stand, extra cartridges and a shoulder holster.  Unfortunately, the cartridges are spent, no longer containing the Maets liquid. 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 2003 in the remains of Maets’ workshop during excavation.  Numerous other complete pieces and parts where discovered with excavation continuing.

Principal Investigator:

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


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