Metallurgica Bresciana Gia Tempini Brescia Catalogue 1932


#1

It always seems to be a bit of a gamble buying old company catalogs, some are quite interesting and thorough, such as the DWM 50th year history, others maybe not as in depth as you would like.
I hadn’t laid eyes on the Brixia/Brescia catalogue before, so took a sight unseen gamble at picking up a copy. It has some nice plates for sure, I just wish the factory images were crisper, and more pertinent.
The book is a large format, to big to fit on my scanners platen, so regrettably the pictures are all I can provide at the moment. It is a 4 language work, Italian, French, German and English. Several pages are fold outs, including a particularly large one of the actual factory.
In all there are 35 plates, the majority are factory pictures, which really show little of interest (empty factory floors, in the same non-crisp style images as can be seen below), and are quite generic. There are nice plates of various machine guns, mortars etc, and the rounds/fuzes/casings shown. I do find the detail in the flash/priming quite interesting though.


#2

Superb!!! you are very lucky to own such a beauty…

Do they have also plates about the mortars, including the 45 mm BRIXIA grenade launcher ?

Phil


#3

You’ll get a lot of this, I know, but if there is anything germane to the Glisenti M910 Pistol, many of which were made by this company, I would sure like to see the information. I did a couple of pretty complete (nothing is ever 100% in this game) articles on the Glisenti cartridges, and always happy to add anything about the pistols or ammunition to my Glisenti file.

That is a beautiful catalog. Right up there with the 50th year DWM catalog.
Con gratulations!


#4

Kolibri,

Very nice! Thank you for sharing this with us.

Are there pages with information that pertain to the items shown in each plate? If so would it be possible to get photos of those pages?

Thanks,

Brian


#5

[quote=“bdgreen”]Kolibri,

Very nice! Thank you for sharing this with us.

Are there pages with information that pertain to the items shown in each plate? If so would it be possible to get photos of those pages?

Thanks,

Brian[/quote]

Unfortunately no. There is no information in the catalogue other than the text I posted above. It is a ‘pretty’ book, but lacks information.

[quote=“JohnMoss”]You’ll get a lot of this, I know, but if there is anything germane to the Glisenti M910 Pistol, many of which were made by this company, I would sure like to see the information. I did a couple of pretty complete (nothing is ever 100% in this game) articles on the Glisenti cartridges, and always happy to add anything about the pistols or ammunition to my Glisenti file.

That is a beautiful catalog. Right up there with the 50th year DWM catalog.
Con gratulations![/quote]

Sorry John, nothing on cartridges other than the image given, and no text on anything, just images of the factory and what they make. The DWM and Mauser books by comparison are a vitual encyclopedia. This reminds me more of the Pykral catalogue, pictures, but not much else. Their casing and powder detail to intrigue me though.

[quote=“stuka222”]Superb!!! you are very lucky to own such a beauty…

Do they have also plates about the mortars, including the 45 mm BRIXIA grenade launcher ?

Phil[/quote]


#6

Hi!

Thanks a lot for the Brixia plate, which is quite interesting as it shows th magazine for the propulsive rounds…

Once again, a beautiful and quite scarce catalogue.

Phil


#7

Hello,
Many thanks

Regards


#8

Another Auto-rifle to look for now…the Brixia M931 (1931) for the specialist Italian collector.

I noted that they produced (?) 11x60R Mauser cartridges, in the 71/84 flat point loading, and also the 8mm Lebel as well ( for export or for the Italian Army stock of 8mm Lebel guns from WW1??( M1907 and M1914 MGs, etc)

Brixia headstamped ammo has not been known in collecting circles, at least not the ones I frequent world wide, nor in the various “libraries” of Italian Made Cartridges…

Beautiful illustration of the Brixia M35 Mortar…saw one being used in a Film Documentary just recently…quite a High rate of fire ( North Africa). The Propulsion cartridges are “8x35 Brixia” ( shortened 6,5 Carcano case, blank crimped.)

Doc AV