Very Rare Israeli Issue
The Bodeo Model 1889 revolver (Italian: Pistola a Rotazione, Sistema Bodeo, Modello 1889) was named after the head of the Italian firearm commission, Carlo Bodeo.
It was produced by a wide variety of manufacturers between
1889 and 1931.
The Bodeo comes in two distinct varieties with only superficial weapons differences.
A round-barreled version designed with a trigger guard, and an octagonal-barreled version with a folding trigger. The octagonal-barreled version was produced for rank and file Italian soldiers, while the round-barreled version was produced for non-commissioned officers and field officers.
The Bodeo became the standard service revolver of the Italian Army, It remained the principle handgun of the Italian Army until it was increasingly supplanted by the Glisenti Model 1910. The revolver was never declared obsolete and remained as a reserve weapon until the end of World War II. The Italian manufacturers identified with the production of the Bodeo include: Societa Siderurgica Glisenti, Castelli of Brescia, Metallurgica Bresciana, and Vincenzo Bernardelli of Gardone Val Trompia.
During World War II, the Wehrmacht used these as secondary issue pistols
Early Israeli Arms
The Yishuv managed to clandestinely amass arms and military
equipment abroad for transfer to Palestine once the British blockade was
lifted. In the United States, Yishuv agents purchased three Boeing B-17
Flying Fortress bombers, one of which bombed Cairo in July 1948, some
Curtiss C-46 Commando transport planes, and dozens of half-tracks, which
were repainted and defined as "agricultural equipment". In Western
Europe, Haganah agents amassed fifty 65mm French mountain guns, twelve
120mm mortars, ten H-35 light tanks, and a large number of half-tracks.
By mid-May or thereabouts the Yishuv had purchased from Czechoslovakia
25 Avia S-199 fighters (an inferior version of the Messerschmitt Bf 109),
200 heavy machine guns, 5,021 light machine guns, 24,500 rifles &
pistols, and 52 million rounds of ammunition, enough to equip all units,
but short of heavy arms. The airborne arms smuggling missions from Czechoslovakia
were codenamed Operation Balak.
This example has been in Isareli service and would of been part of the early covert Israeli arms aqusitions descibed above.
It hase been held many years by the same collector of
Israeli arms, and has a Proof House Certificate; because one of the chambers
has some damage
The markings make this a unique pistol & worthy of continued preservation
Dated 1902 - Section 7.1 / Section 5