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Related to Clément Auto Pistols

 

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A trademark or tradename card. “This mark represents two letters C interlaced in the opposite direction with the words "forged steel", placed to the right and to the left.”

 

Clement-Envelope-back

The back of an envelope from a private collection. The image of the early Model 1903 appears to be printed on the envelope. The stamp on the front is postmarked March 18-19, 1906, but the image is of the Type II Model 1903, the early 5 mm model.

 

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Iver Johnson Sporting Goods Company advertisement for the Clément Model 1903 in .25 caliber.

 

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Opposite side of the above advertisement, with directions for cleaning and loading.

 

Waffenschmied - 10-Oct-1906

This Adolf Frank advertisement from Waffenschmied for 10 October 1906 never mentions the name Clément, nor does it mention caliber, but touts the gun as an “Eight-shot automatic recoil-loader pocket pistol Modell 1906,” offering “8 shots in 3 seconds.” It also states that of all previous recoil-loaders it is the best, smallest, lightest, and most accurate--effective at 150 meters!

 

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An advertisement from the New York Sporting Goods Company in the U.S.-based Hardware Magazine of 10 April 1907. The Model 1903 is still offered for sale, but in 6.35 mm (.25 calibre) rather than 5 mm. It notes that a .32 version will be available soon.

 

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The Adolf Frank advertisement on the left is from Waffenschmied for 10 July 1907 and still uses the same language as the 1906 ad, stating 8 shots in 3 seconds, even though the magazine only holds 6 cartridges in the new pistol. The identical advertisement ran again on 10 October 1907 (right) except the gun is listed (correctly) as the Modell 1907.

 

Waffenschmied-10-Oct-1908

This a general Adolf Frank (ALFA) advertisement from Waffenschmied for 10 October 1908 that happens to be illustrated with a Model 1907 Clément pistol. The ad states that the company is the cheapest and fastest source for hunting and military weapons and ammunition, and that they offer recoil-loading pistols by Clement, Colt, Winchester, Webley-Scott, and Browning.

 

Roggen 1909

Roggen advertisement for the Clément Model 1907 in their 1909 catalogue.  Roggen had a shop in downtown Moscow. The Model 1907 sold for 25 rubles and a spare magazine was 1.50 rubles.

 

Falkowski-and-Shirokoryadenko-1908-Moscow

This listing is from the Moscow-based Falkowski and Shirokoryadenko catalog for 1908, showing the Model 1908 Clément. The basic gun is 22 rubles, and the same gun with better work is 26 rubles. We suspect this meant with engraving, rather than nickel plating, but do not know for certain.

 

JSHCo-1908-Clement-Ad

Listing for Clément 1908 pistol in the Jenny, Semple, Hill, & Co. catalogue. J.S.H.&Co. was a wholesaler to hardware stores, based in Minneapolis. We do not know the date, but likely January of 1909.

 

Waffenschmied-10-Jan-1909

Clement advertisement from Waffenschmied for 10 January 1909 shows the Model 1908 on the left and the Model 1909 on the right already being advertised in the first month of the year. The same advertisement was still running in the 25 December 1909 issue, and so we see that the Model 1908 was still available at the end of 1909. The Model 1908 is labeled “with fixed barrel” and the Model 1909 is labeled “with tiltable barrel”. The headline reads “Newest Model! The best, safest, and most comfortable for cleaning.”

 

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Clement advertisement from the 1911 Adolf Frank (ALFA) catalogue showing both calibers of the Model 1909.

 

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Clement advertisement from Waffenschmied for 10 March 1913 shows the Model 1909 on the left and the Model 1912 on the right. The Model 1909 is again described as “with tiltable barrel” and is listed only in 6.35mm. The Model 1912 is show as “Le Fulgor” and listed as available in both 6.35mm and 7.65mm. The advertisement alleges the Clement pistols are “The best shooting, safest, and most comfortable automatic pistols. Cheapest, lightest, and best. Available from all arms dealers.”

 

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Clement advertisement from 1913 Georg Carl Dornheim (GECADO) catalogue.

 

Fulgor-ad

Clément advertisement, date unknown. Reproduced in Allain Daubresse’s book Les armuriers Liégeois and also on his website littlegun.be. The advertisement says: “New creation. With safety-security. Weight 300 grams, thickness 2 cm. “The Fulgor” in guaranteed steel. The best defensive weapon, by price, is available to all. The best bargain, the most convenient, and simplest of all automatics.”

Another unillustrated document on the same page, from H. Génisson of Paris, French agent, states:

New Automatic Pistol “The Lightning” Patented. Manufactured in Liége. Guaranteed steel. Trademark.

Require The Fulgor brand - Clément’s patent - Guaranteed steel.

Sir and Dear Customer:

Concerned to satisfy the customers in the use of a Serious, Irreproachable  Automatic Pistol, of Advantageous Price, our research led us to the creation of the "Fulgor" which an agreement with the House of Clément of  Liege allows us at the same time.to offer you interesting conditions for both the seller and the consumer.

  • The "Fulgor" has nothing of all the shoddy cast iron that floods the market.
  • The "Fulgor" is all steel, guaranteed, demountable instantly and very simply.
  • The "Fulgor" is built by the firm Clement, of Liege, one of the Best Houses, creator of automatic weapons.
  • The "Fulgor" is light (300 grams weight) thin (thickness 2 centimeters).
  • The cartridge is powerful and accurate, with penetration of: 0.06 centimeters to 10 meters - 0.04 centimeters to 100 meters.

We are conscious of presenting you an interesting  weapon at a very low price, because serious, practical and cheap, obtained as a result of  great sacrifices made by the manufacturer and by ourselves, well persuaded that you will help us in your interest in the spread of this remarkable weapon.

Please accept my sincere civilities.
H. Genisson

 

Geco-1914

Clement advertisement from the 1914 Gustav Genschow (GECO) catalogue, Austrian edition.
It offers the Model 1909 in both calibers, but offers the Model 1912 only in 6.35mm.

 

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Neumann Frères and Clément advertisement. On the right it says “Old house C. Clément, M. Neumann, successor, 39 Rue Cheri, Liége”, which is the old address of the Clément company. This provides evidence that M. Neumann took over Clément’s business and may have operated it from the same location. The date is unknown, but the advertisement mentions the Delu automatic pistol, which did not appear until about 1923. The small number at the bottom may indicate 1928.

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