Le Petit Protector is an extremely rare 19th-century-style French ring gun It’s filled with live 4mm rounds that can be fired straight from the hand The tiny weapon is expected to fetch more than £1,500 at auction and it’s no bigger than the size of an average fingernail. Le Petit Protector is an extremely rare 19th-century-style French ring gun that can be worn as jewellery. The tiny firearm is the first documented example of its kind to be placed on top of a ring.
Sitting where a jewel would usually be, the 'petit' has a steel recoil plate that serves as the base for a pinfire cylinder. The cylinder is filled with live 4mm rounds that could be fired straight from the hand. These minuscule rounds make a loud sound when fired but generate little force - enough to penetrate one side of a tin can
Alain Dilmen, Catawiki's specialist auctioneer, said: 'This rare piece is a spectacular show of craftsmanship and it is undeniably intriguing. 'Lots such as this rarely come to auction and with this gun being so unique we expect to see an influx of bids from across the globe.' The gun is being sold through the European online auction house Catawiki. The sale ran from March 11 to March 18