March 15th & 16th Firearms Auction
Totals Over $16 Million!

Auction: March 15 & 16, 2015

Preview: March 12-14, 2015

Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.

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2000

**M1 THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN MANUFACTURED IN BRIDGEPORT (C&R).

SN 13381. Cal. 45 ACP, bbl 10-1/2″. This Thompson has a fixed peep sight and has crossed cannons Ordnance symbol on left side of receiver near magazine well, also partial cartouche of initials “GHC” above and forward of magazine well. It also has Thompson bullet logo on top of receiver with Auto Ordnance Bridgeport address on right side of receiver. Top of receiver clearly marked “MARANA ARMS MFG.” and “MDL. S SERIAL NO. 111”. Lower and upper SN matches. Includes one “SW CO.” marked 30 round magazine. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is good with nearly all of original blued finish absent from receiver, lower and bbl leaving a smooth gray appearance. There is some very slight pitting along the top of the receiver near the cocking handle with some other light pitting on other parts of the receiver. The forward edge of the lower has some finish remaining in the recessed areas as well as some finish around the band of the front sight. Wood is very serviceable and presents an extremely fine appearance with pleasing dark brown color. Bore is shiny and bright with some frosting in the grooves and some pitting near the muzzle. Bolt face is also very good with some darkness in the recessed areas. Ever popular at the range, some skilled refinish work could make this a very handsome Thompson indeed. 4-51759 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2000

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2001

**AUTO ORDNANCE M1A1 THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN MFG IN BRIDGEPORT (C&R).

SN 849107. Cal. 45 ACP, bbl 10-1/2″. This M1A1 Thompson has a Lyman adjustable rear sight riveted to the upper receiver with brass rivets. The lower assembly is not a match to the upper based upon the color of the bluing and the texture of the milling and it has a white line recoil pad fitted to absorb recoil. Bridgeport address on right side of receiver markings partially buffed away during the refinishing process of the upper. Receiver is cracked just at the rear of the cocking handle slot on the right side running perpendicular to the bore line across the top of the receiver about halfway. It is repairable, but gun will fire as is without any further work. This lot includes one 30-round Seymour magazine. Bolt moves smoothly within receiver. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is near excellent where refinished, over 95% lustrous blue on receiver until bbl. Bbl end is mostly devoid of finish with maybe 10% remaining on the non-finned areas. Wood of forend, handgrip and buttstock is of an attractive brown color with handgrip being of a lighter color brown. Bore has worn lands with some pitting in the grooves, particularly near the muzzle. Gun presents just fine when viewed from the left side and is in a fireable condition as is. A skilled, welder and finisher could repair the crack in the receiver. 4-51758 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2001

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2002

**COLT MODEL 1921AC THOMPSON SUB-MACHINE GUN (C&R).

SN 1554. Cal. .45 ACP. Bbl is 12-3/4″ with compensator. This Colt Thompson retains its orig 1921 bolts and buttstock without any provision for sling swivel. Remington proof mark on the wood just below the attachment hardware. Includes one Bridgeport marked parkerized 50 rnd drum. Consignor states there have only been 150 rnds fired through this gun since it underwent reactivation in March 2010. This Colt Thompson has the usual markings on the right side of receiver “AUTO-ORDNANCE CORPORATION. NEW YORK. U.S.A.” together with patent dates. Left side of receiver has typical Thompson sub-machine gun & Colt’s Patent Firearms Mfg. Co. Lower assembly & upper assembly match in SN. Compensator without logo or patent dates. Internal parts are 1921 parts with the exception of breech oiler which is 1928. Wood appears to be orig to the gun without sling swivels and retains Remington anchor proof mark on buttstock. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. Drum fits properly in the receiver. This weapon received a new Thompson 21 AC bbl when it was reactivated in March of 2010 and the bbl socket and feed ramp areas were re-machined. PROVENANCE: Copy of Invoice showing re-activation in March, 2010. CONDITION: Overall finish & appearance is fine with the bbl retaining almost all of a glossy blue finish while the rest of the upper has a brownish finish thinning to bare metal in spots with almost a plum color in places, together with some old scattered very, very light pitting. Lower assembly retains more of a lustrous dark blue finish with some wear to bare metal at the high points and where the stock attaches to the lower. Wood has several chips and has been filled in a couple of spots and has been sanded and refinished but is still very serviceable. Bolt and boltface is clean. Bore is shiny, bright and clean. Compensator is also clean. Buttstock hardware has been buffed and refinished. Auto Ordnance Bridgeport drum retains over 95% parkerized finish. This iconic sub-machine gun of top quality manufacture is sure to draw a crowd at the range and lets face it, is a great conversation piece in addition to being great fun to shoot. 4-55406 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2002

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2003
Revised: 3/3/2015

Additional information: Great news! The consignor has informed us that the gun came from “San Patrico County, Texas Sheriff’s Department”. This gun is listed in the Tracy Hill Ultimate Thompson book, and in Gordon Herigstad’s Colt Thompson book.

**COLT THOMPSON MODEL 1921/28AC WITH U.S. NAVY & “8” OVERSTAMP MARKING (C&R).

SN 13727. Cal. .45 ACP. Bbl is 12-3/4″ with compensator. This Colt Thompson retains its orig buttstock without any provision for sling swivels, which also retains its Remington proof mark on the wood just below the attachment hardware. Also included in this lot is one after market 50-rnd drum which is marked on the front only “50 CARTRIDGES CAL. 45 WIND TO 9 CLICKS”. Consignor states this is a good operating drum. This Colt Thompson has the usual markings on the right side of receiver “AUTO-ORDNANCE CORPORATION. NEW YORK. U.S.A.” together with patent dates. Left side of receiver has typical Thompson sub-machine gun & Colt’s Patent Firearms Mfg. Co. markings with “U.S. NAVY” added above the model of 1921 orig marking. There has also been an “8” overstamped over the “1” in 1921. Lower assembly & upper assembly match in SN. Compensator has Cutts logo & patent dates. Internal parts are 1928 parts. Wood appears to be orig to the gun and a pleasing dark brown finish. Consignor states that this specimen was at one time in the hands of a Texas Police Department and that the blemishes in the finish on the left side are from improper rack storage. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. Drum fits properly in the receiver. CONDITION: Overall finish & appearance is extremely fine to near excellent. When viewed from the right side, the appearance is truly outstanding with a few slight scratches in the finish & some wear to the compensator as well as a couple of noticeable dings in the buttstock. When viewed from the left side, there are some significant blemishes on the upper receiver just to the rear of the drum feedway and right above the Model 1921 markings with a lesser loss of finish over the Colt address markings. There is also some pitting in these areas as well as, along the high points of the rear sight, protective channels. Wood shows some dings & light scratches from handling. Bore is shiny & bright with some frosting in the grooves and on lands. Bolt face and internals are extremely fine. Lyman rear sight also extremely fine. Drum is in near new condition with virtually all of its finish remaining. This specimen of the top quality iconic Thompson sub-machine gun would make an outstanding display piece and yet still could be taken out to the range without diminishing its value. 4-55301 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2003

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2004

**COLLECTOR’S RECREATIONAL LOT OF NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT ITEMS INCLUDING M3 GUIDE LAMP GREASE GUN, 60MM MORTAR, & SUPPRESSOR-FITTED MOSSBERG SEMI-AUTO 22 RIFLE.

SN 1) Rifle NSN, suppressor IRS-2935; 2) 416553; 3) 32752. 1) Mossberg Model 152 semi-auto .22 cal rifle fitted with a 8″ long suppressor (fully transferable) of unknown manufacture but registered with an IRS number. Bbl is 24-1/2″ long with suppressor. No magazine present, no rear sight present, swivel-down forend not present. Action operates smoothly & rifle appears fully functional. 2) M3 (grease gun) sub-machine gun manufactured by Guide Lamp as registered by William Hamill (fully transferable). .45 ACP Cal. Bbl 8-1/2″. Includes one 30-rnd magazine. This is a standard model with the cocking lever on the right side and U.S. cross cannon ordnance mark on left side of the magazine housing. Typical low cost construction with welded seams evident but nonetheless, a popular and very functional sub-machine gun model immortalized by actor Lee Marvin’s character Major Reisman in the film, “The Dirty Dozen”. Telescoping stock latch is stiff, but functional. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. 3) U.S. 60mm mortar manufactured by “KVS MFG & ENG” but registered as unknown manufacturer (C&R). This standard U.S. WWII mortar comes complete with its orig bipod, baseplate & sight in its leather carrying case. Also included is one inert round-nosed practice round without any propellant or explosive material. These mortars are fun at the range as inert practice rounds can be loaded with propellant and reused as long as they can be found. This cataloger knows of one collector who spends the occasional afternoon dropping mortar rounds into a 55-gallon drum to maintain his sharp ability as a former Korean War era mortarman. Sight remains intact & serviceable, bipod mechanism operates properly. This destructive device appears fully functional. The suppressor M3 sub-machine gun and 60mm mortar destructive device with each transfer on their own Form 3 or Form 4 as applicable. The semi-automatic .22 rifle will transfer as a modern firearm. CONDITION: 1) Overall condition of rifle is very good with over 85% of blue remaining without any sights of any kind. Orig stock in extremely fine condition with very few marks, however forend & magazine not present as noted above. Bore very good but needs a cleaning. Suppressor exterior has a pebbled exterior finish, an end cap which unscrews to reveal hard rubber baffles inside. Threaded to fit on the muzzle of this .22, it is easily removable for cleaning. 2) Overall finish & appearance very good with about 80% of its black enamel painted finish remaining worn away to bare metal at the front edges of magazine housing & on the sling loops as well as at along the high points. Magazine has scattered corrosion & only about 70% finish remaining. Bore is good with distinct rifling with some corrosion in the grooves. There is some scattered oxidation throughout, particularly on trigger guard & along front of the hand grip. 3) 60mm mortar retains about 95% of its repainted green finish. Tube has some scale inside, but with a brushing should clean up. M5 mortar mount, (bipod) retains about 80% of its green painted finish with mechanisms all operating properly. Baseplate retains 85% of its green painted finish. Leather optic case in good condition with numerous scratches & marks. M4 sight in fair condition, leveling bubbles intact but sight glass is clouding. 4-55446 (9,000-15,000) – Lot 2004

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2005

**OUTSTANDING LOW SN BROWNING MODEL 1917 MACHINE GUN BY WESTINGHOUSE (C&R).

SN 23. Cal. 30-06, bbl 24″. This is a scarce and extremely sought after early Browning machine gun manufactured by N.E. Westinghouse Co. Marked with SN and manufacture’s marking on right receiver plate and with a large “Z” on top of the brass trunnion. Bolt unmarked on the top flat but does have drawing number on the bottom. Top cover latch has the small knurled crosshatching. Attractive brown Bakelite grips on the handgrip. Original cork, brass chain, water fill and drain plugs are intact and present. Included in this lot is an original model of 1918 tripod manufactured by “NELSON BLOWER & FURNACE CO. BOSTON, MASS. U.S.A. SN54158”. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. Tripod traverse and elevation functions properly as well. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance approaching excellent with deep lustrous blue on top cover fading to brown on sideplates. Brass trunnion has only some slight wear marks across the feedway. Exterior of brass trunnion and brass nose cap have a coat of black paint which slightly oversprays onto the bluing of the water jacket. The color matches extremely well and some of the black enamel is also on the forward side of the sideplates. The cork, chain, water filler and drain caps are in extremely fine condition. Bottom brass trunnion still shiny within the recessed areas of the sideplates. Original floor plate and tripod mounting hardware in fine, clean condition. Bottom plate/tripod attachment bracket on the bottom receiver has never been removed and screws have been staked in place. Hand grip assembly has a gray/blue finish and may be a replacement but it has extremely attractive dark brown grip panels which are in extremely fine condition. Bore could use a cleaning but has strong rifling. Bolt face is extremely fine. Tripod retains 80% of its olive green paint 4-51698 (18,000-22,000) – Lot 2005

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2006

**MARLIN POTATO DIGGER ON TRIPOD (C&R).

SN 499. Cal. 30-06, bbl 28″. This Marlin “digger” is registered as Marlin 1917 and includes, in addition to the functional bbl on the gun SN 1669, the original bbl SN 499 which has been plugged at the chamber with weld. Also included in this lot is an original brass head tripod and metal ammo box. The diggers unique system utilized a piston operated by gas from the bbl pushing downward on an operating lever which would function the action. When close to the ground, this piston lever would dig into the ground causing the soil to fly, hence the name “potato digger”. The Marlin is generally considered to be a superior manufacturer of the “diggers”. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is extremely fine with over 90% deep blue finish remaining turning gray, especially on the front sight hood and on the top of the bbl and receiver near the lettering. The bbl numbered to the gun has less finish remaining, more like 70%, with loss of finish to the high points and wear where the bbl meets the front retaining ring. Bore of bl on gun is shiny and bright with strong rifling with just some slight pitting in the grooves. Bolt face is fine. Internals are in good serviceable condition. Unable to determine condition of other bbl bore due to chamber being welded shut. Wooden handles on grip are an attractive brown color and in good serviceable condition with some dings and handling marks. Tripod and ammo box retain about 90% green drab paint with areas of brass showing on the head and brass base as well as on the elevation knob. Wooden paddle in fine serviceable condition with no cracks and it too retains over 90% of its green painted finish. Cover retaining belt on ammo box has been neatly cut 3″ above the buckle but what remains is serviceable. This gun is a must have for any machine gun collection that wishes to include US WWI machine guns. 4-51747 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2006

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2007

**GERMAN WWII MP 43/1 ASSAULT RIFLE (C&R).

SN 1353b. Cal. 8mm Kurz (7.92 x 33mm), bbl 16-1/2″. SN is actually 1353 b, but this weapon is registered simply as 1353. This can be requested to be corrected upon transfer. Gun is clearly stamped on the left side of receiver MP 43/1, and this assault rifle appears to be all matching and was made using subcontracted parts from Mertz-Werke (cos), Erma (WaA 280) and J.P. Sauer with C.G. Haenel final proof (Eagle/37). Hand grip was made by Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG (awt). Bolt is early type without cutout and was made by Mauser (ar) as was operating rod. Bbl was made Erma (WaA 280). This lot includes one original German 30-round magazine. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is very good with about 80% original finish remaining with significant loss to the bbl and gas lock which have thinned to a gray patina. There is considerably more finish on the rest of this arm with scattered spots of bare metal and abrasion. Wooden buttstock and handgrip also show some handling marks, bruises and chips but are still serviceable. Bore has shiny rifling with some pitting near the muzzle and scattered in the grooves. This is a really well made example and a fairly early production gun of the iconic original assault rifle. 4-51780 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2007

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2008
Revised: 3/16/2015

Please Note: Gun is not included in this lot. Only the barrel.

EXTREMELY SCARCE GERMAN WWII CURVED BBL CHUTE WITH SIGHT APPARATUS FOR MP 43/MP 44/STG 44 (KRUMMLAUF).

This exceedingly scarce accessory to the German assault rifle is complete with its intact and serviceable sighting apparatus, as well as its screw-on grenade cup attachment. Marked on the curve of the bbl near the hooded front sight is “VG 13”. On the bottom of the clamp assembly are two letters “GG”. The first thought one has when seeing this item is that it must have been clamped on German rifles in order to shoot around corners of buildings. Its intended use was more directed towards armor crewmen who could clamp this onto their assault rifles and then direct their fire at enemy personnel attacking their tank. This afforded them the ability to shoot without completely exposing themselves to enemy fire. A very ingenious idea implemented in the later stages of WWII. What makes this specimen even more rare is that it has the grenade launching cup screwed onto the muzzle. It appears complete to include the gas port cut off ring below the prismatic optic. The optic has a triangular deflection shield between the bbl and the front glass of the optic so that the gasses escaping from the ports would not cloud or damage the sight glass. Although clamp is functional and will hold, the retention screw was broken at one time and repaired by drilling and inserting a pin inside the threaded bolt. This pin has itself broken and although in the full closed position there is sufficient threads to hold the clamp shut, this needs to be repaired again. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is extremely fine with over 95% of a dark green thick enamel finish over red primer on the sight apparatus with over 85% blued finish remaining on the bbl and attached parts. The mounting block for the prismatic sight has more of a grey patina appearance. The sight glasses are clear and serviceable, although the rear glass has one small chip in the left edge area. One can view the front sight post clearly. The rifled bbl shows evidence of firing, but still has bright, strong rifling. This incredible and intricate piece of firearms engineering is a wonderful opportunity for the advanced German military and/or Class 3 collector. It is photographed here mounted on a MP 43/1 as an example. The assault rifle is NOT included in this lot but is available, being auctioned in this same sale. 4-54744 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2008

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2009

*◊ RARE GERMAN WWII PROTOTYPE 30 DEGREE CURVED BARREL BULLET DEFLECTOR WITHOUT SIGHTING APPARATUS FOR MP 43/MP 44/STG 44 (KRUMMLAUF).

Designed to fit on the German assault rifle, this curved bbl bullet deflector assembly is rifled and has 4 gas pressure release holes at the top of the bbl just forward of where the muzzle is inserted. This late war prototype example was never fitted with the complex and no doubt highly expensive prismatic sighting apparatus, nor a front sight post or front sight but served only to test the viability of the bullet deflection principle. It is marked at the bottom of the clamp mechanism (converted from a G.Gr.Ger grenade cup mounting) “djh” over a Nazi eagle over “WAA 76” (the numbers are very difficult to discern, but there is no doubt these are orig markings). The clamp assembly is completely serviceable and it appears this item would function fine if attached to a German assault rifle. PROVENANCE: The Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is good with significant loss of its orig finish, with significant light pitting and grey patina on exterior surfaces. Crude welding is in evidence where the bbl meets the clamp assembly. The rifling is strong although the bore is dark and dirty. These bullet deflectors were primarily developed for armored troops to use to fend off assaults on their tanks and were tested in versions with 30, 45 and 90 degree deflection angles, to be fired through a ball joint fitted into the tank armor. This is an interesting and scarce prototype of an accessory which is sought after by the German WWII collector as well as the Class 3 enthusiast who happens to have an example of the German WWII assault rifle. 4-53326 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2009

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2010

**RARE AND DESIRABLE BERGMANN MP 18/1 WITH SNAIL DRUM AND SPARE BARREL (C&R).

SN 33883. Cal. 9mm. 8″ bbl. This MP 18 is marked on top of magazine housing “M.P. 18, I.” followed by “1920” indicating it was taken into service after WWI had ended. Both the magazine housing and tube itself retain proof marks and matching SN. SN on takedown latch also matches receiver. Bbl also has matching SN discernible when viewing through shroud perforation. Front endcap also matches receiver SN. Bolt is SN 7299. Wooden buttstock dated 1920 on left side with SN matching receiver number, with eagle cartouche to rear of trigger guard with barely discernible eagle over Swastika over proof indicating that this arm continued in service through the WWII era. Included in this lot is an orig snail drum with adapter for this magazine housing. SN on snail drum is 395565. Spare bbl included in this lot is numbered “111”. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. This weapon is registered with the BATF under the National Firearms Act and will transfer on a Form 3 or Form 4. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is extremely fine with evidence of touch up blue on lower left quadrant of shroud near magazine housing. There are indications that at one time this weapon may have been unserviceable as there is evidence of removed weld within the forward edge of magazine housing and discoloration at the 7 o’clock area of the shroud. This combined together with the mismatched bolt are indicators. The bore is shiny and bright. Boltface is good with some areas of pitting which do not detract from serviceability. Spring tension in snail drum is strong. Bluing on trigger guard and buttplate faded to a grey patina. Rear swing swivel loop not present. This gun may not be all matching but the fact that it is in its original configuration with snail drum and sports both pre-Nazi and Nazi era proof marks make it a scarce and desirable collectors item and one that would be welcome in any WWI or WII collection. 4-55376 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2010

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2011

**STEYR MP 34ö SUBMACHINE GUN IN 9MM MAUSER (C&R).

SN 3375. Cal. 9mm Mauser, bbl 8-1/4″. Currently showing registered as M-37. This can be requested to be corrected upon transfer. This early production model of the milled steel Steyr submachine gun and has the safety just forward of the trigger guard with German semi and full markings on selector switch of stock assembly. Year of manufacture is visible on left side of receiver next to Austrian Eagle proofmark. Cal marking underneath rear sight. Bolt does not match receiver number (3044). This lot includes two 9mm Mauser 32 round magazines. Bbl does not match receiver. Wooden stock of the swept-back type and stock SN does not match receiver. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance near excellent as refinished, over 95% dark blue finish with some washing of the markings due to buffing and some pitting in evidence underneath the refinish. Wood stock also has been sanded but SN is still barely legible on left side. There has also been some wood filler applied just above the trigger assembly. Bore has worn lands with some pitting in the grooves. Bolt face has some corrosion around the edges. These Steyr submachine guns are of a high quality manufacture and were among the last of the milled steel submachine guns. 4-51775 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2011

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2012

**STEYR MP-34o SUBMACHINE GUN WITH TWO SPARE BARRELS (REGISTERED DEWAT) (C&R).

SN 5275. Cal. 9mm Mauser. 8-1/2″ bbl. This is a typical Austrian made MP34o with matching numbers between receiver, safety and stock. Bbl SN does not match and chamber has been welded shut and heavily welded to front edge of receiver and shroud, as well as welded where the front of shroud meets the bbl. Bolt does not appear to have a SN and is almost certainly a later replacement as it has an eagle over 189 proof mark. No Cal designation under rear sight. This lot includes one orig 32 rnd magazine and two spare, serviceable bbls. Spare bbls are apparently in 9mm parabellum. Although unserviceable due to weld in chamber, firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand and bolt appears to be in serviceable condition. This weapon is registered with the BATF as unserviceable and National Firearms Act rules apply. It will transfer on a Form 3 or Form 5. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is fine with about 75% of orig blue finish remaining. Thinning at the high points and on bbl shroud. There is some welding discoloration at the bottom of the shroud where the bbl meets the receiver and some gouges and handling marks to the stock. Unable to check condition of bore of bbl within gun. Spare bbls have strong rifling with some pitting in the grooves as well as some spots of corrosion and pitting on the exterior. The MP 34o is a finely crafted machined steel submachine gun, one of the last before stamping of metal parts became commonplace. This example, although deactivated, would make a welcome addition to any WWII machine gun collection. 4-55377 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 2012

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2013

**BRITISH HOTCHKISS PORTABLE MACHINE GUN MODEL 1909 MKI (C&R).

SN E15430. Cal. 303, bbl 23″. Portable British Hotchkiss with leather band still present on the wooden shoulder stock assembly. Bbl is non matching, numbered B38470, with British proof marks prominent on top of bbl forward of SN. Bracket on top of feed assembly is SN 38701. Side of receiver has broad arrow proof marks and is also marked “JPL T AZ8565” which indicates this gun was once in the possession of a prominent machine gun enthusiast in Arizona. Gas port retaining band dated 1918 and retains orig brass chain. Top of feed shuttle is marked “BELT OR STRIP FEED”. Rear stock retention bolt is a non-standard bolt, washer and nut. Action cocks and actuates properly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: Ex-Dolf Goldsmith collection; The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is extremely fine retaining about 85% of a smooth blued re-finish with some scattered spots of pitting under gray patina with the blue thinning, especially at the high points. Metal forend has much higher percentage of finish. Wooden shoulder stock is strong and serviceable and retains leather loop on right rear side of stock. Shoulder stock has dings, chips and gouges but this does not detract from the handsomeness of this arm. Bore is excellent, shiny and bright. Nicest portable Hotchkiss bore this cataloger has ever seen. Bolt face is also excellent. Gas nut is dark with some slight pitting. This is a fine example of the British WWI portable Hotchkiss and is sure to please an class III enthusiast and WWI collector. 4-51714 (10,000-14,000) – Lot 2013

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2014

**HOTCHKISS 1914 PORTABLE MACHINE GUN MADE FOR BRAZIL (C&R).

SN 144. 7 mm. 23-1/2″ bbl. French made portable Hotchkiss with fixed wooden stock made under contract for Brazil. Marked on left side of receiver “MITRAILLEUSE LEGERE HOTCHKISS/BREVETEE S.G.D.G. CALIBRE 7M/M”. Gun appears to have all matching parts. Bbl, bbl retaining collar, bolt, charging handle, feed shuttle and buttstock. Bbl threaded for flash hider which is not present. Brazilian crest on right side of receiver. Bi-pod legs and spring clips present and serviceable. Mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is very good to fine with about 50% blue finish thinning along receiver and forend assembly. Bbl retains significantly more finish. Wooden buttstock has some scratches and brassing to bottom of hand grip and 1″ crack on left side where it meets receiver but is otherwise complete and serviceable. Bore has strong rifling with slight darkness to grooves. Bolt face is excellent. Gas nut is clean with only slight pitting. This weapon appears as if someone just took it from a Brazilian soldier and brought it home. Nice orig, unaltered condition. 4-51732 (10,000-14,000) – Lot 2014

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2015

**FRENCH MODEL 1922 HOTCHKISS MACHINE GUN AS MADE FOR BRAZIL (C&R).

SN 985. Cal. 7mm, bbl 24″. This portable model of the Hotchkiss is marked on the left side of the receiver “MITRAILLEUSE LEGERE HOTCHKISS”/”BREVETEE S.G.D.G. CALIBRE 7M/M” followed by the SN. Many of these were made in 7mm for South America. Bbl is numbered 953. Flash hider and bipod legs are not present. One forward retaining screw in buttstock not present. Forend assembly is SN 264. Brazilian crest present on right side of receiver. Main spring extremely strong. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This gun appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance extremely fine to near excellent exclusive of forend. Forend is mostly a gray patina with only about 5% of the blued finish remaining. The rest of the gun retains over 90% of its deep, lustrous blued finish with some noticeable scuffing and slight pitting on the top of the feed mechanism cover and loss of finish on the high edges. Wooden buttstock has some nicks, chips and gouges but is still very strong and serviceable. Bore has crisp strong rifling, shiny on the lands. Bolt face is also extremely fine with some grease. This is an attractive Hotchkiss gun and in a Cal. still readily available. 4-51790 (8,000-15,000) – Lot 2015

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2016

**SCARCE FUSIL MITRAILLEUR HOTCHKISS TYPE TWO MACHINE GUN (C&R).

SN 4. 7 mm. 22″ bbl. This rare variation of Hotchkiss gun is marked on left side of receiver as stated in lead, “FUSIL MITRAILLEUR HOTCHKISS TYPE II CAL. 7M/M”. On right side of receiver “BREVETE S.C.D.G.”. Although left hand bi-pod leg is present, right hand bi-pod leg is not. Chambered in 7 mm this weapon was made for Brazil and has Brazilian crest on top of receiver band. Visible SNs appear to be matching. Muzzle is threaded for flash hider but not present. Mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. Strip feeding mechanism operates properly. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is extremely fine. About 80% blued finish thin to bare metal at muzzle and on charging handle, turning to a brown patina elsewhere. Wooden hardware shows numerous dings and bruises and a couple of chips. There are two 1/2″ cracks on forward hand grip but this does not detract from serviceability. Bore has strong rifling but dark with significant pitting. Bolt face is excellent. Gas nut has old pitting but is still extremely serviceable. This is a scarce and extremely well made machine gun. In 7 mm ammunition is readily available and reloadable. 4-51769 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2016

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2017

**BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS LEWIS MODEL 1914 GROUND GUN (REGISTERED DEWAT) (C&R).

SN A560. Cal. 303 British. 26″ bbl. This 1914 Lewis gun is typical of most seen on the market in that it is a re-number to an “A” prefix SN. The number on the top of the shroud does not match the receiver number nor the “A” number. Typical broad arrow proof marks on both receiver and lower assembly. Stock has a 3″ long x 1″ deep repair at the top near the butt. Non-standard screw retains the stock against the receiver. This example includes one standard British marked pan magazine and one orig bi-pod assembly marked “MOUNT FIELD 30 NOTTINGHAM”. Also included, is one serviceable orig bbl with British proof marks. Bbl in this gun has been heavily welded to receiver and chamber filled with weld rendering it unserviceable, however, bolt and boltface appear serviceable. Front sling swivel has been bent out of shape and some point, but this could be remedied. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand, but this weapon is unserviceable. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is very good with about 75% of orig finish remaining, mostly thinning on the shroud and turning to a somewhat grey patina on the lower assembly. Bi-pod retains about 60% of its orig green paint over a grey patina. Stock has repair at top rear as noted, as well as a plug in the bottom just to the rear of the sling swivel. It also has numerous nicks and handling marks. Bore of bbl within gun unable to be checked due to welded chamber. Bore of spare bbl shiny and bright and clean. Although currently unserviceable, this weapon is registered under the National Firearms Act and will transfer on an approved Form 3 or Form 5. This would make a fine display piece for the WWI enthusiast or with appropriate effort could likely be restored to a firing condition. 4-55378 (7,500-10,500) – Lot 2017

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2018

**BEAUTIFUL BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS BRITISH MODEL 1914 LEWIS GUN (C&R).

SN A-37289. Cal. 303 British, bbl 26-1/4″. This very attractive Lewis gun comes complete with carrying handle, anti-aircraft sights, clamp on bipod, original sling and one 47-round pan magazine. Matching SN on receiver in 3 places. Carrying handle marked “GUN. LEWIS. .303.” Front AA sight band retains broad arrow proof. Bipod clamp marked “MOUNT FIELD 303″/”LEWIS GUN MARK III”/”LD B’HAM”. Receiver also retains usual Birmingham Small Arms Co. markings as well as broad arrow proofmark. Pan is marked 303 MKVI & VII with broad arrow proofmark. Original brass headed lubrication brush present and marked “H.J.P” with broad arrow proof. Brass AA rear sight extension also present and marked “LW.S.”/”R.L.” Receiver is marked on both sides “JPL T AZ 85653” which indicates it was once in the possession of noted firearms enthusiast, Pat Tomlinson. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: Ex Dolf Goldsmith Collection; The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance near excellent as refinished. Over 90% bluing remaining on metal parts except for clamp on carrying handle and bipod which retain more of a brown patina of an original finish. Pan also retains more than 90% of a glossy black painted finish. Wooden handgrip and stock also are oil refinished and very handsome but showing some slight scratches and handling marks. Sling is very strong, supple and serviceable but somewhat soiled. Clamp on carrying handle retains its brass chains and the leather covering on the handle is intact and soft to touch. Bore is very clean, shiny and bright with well defined rifling. Bolt face also extremely fine and clean. It would be difficult to imagine a more completely set up Lewis gun or one in a more handsome condition. This is an outstanding find for the WWI machine gun collector. 4-51798 (14,000-20,000) – Lot 2018

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2019

**INGLIS MANUFACTURED BREN MARKII MACHINE GUN DATED 1944 (C&R).

SN 14T2324. Cal. 303 British, bbl 23″. This WWII Bren gun is marked “ENGLISH 1944 BREN MKII” on right side of receiver. It is also marked in small letters on right side of receiver “MARANA ARMS MFG. MARANA ARIZONA” which indicates that at one time this may have been a deactivated gun reactivated by Marana Arms. This is further supported by the fact that the bbl SN, FB271D, does not match the receiver number. The bbl release latch has two numbers one of which matches the receiver SN. Proof marks and date “44” are clearly visible on left side of receiver forward of bbl latch. Included in this lot are three 30-round Bren gun magazines and canvas sling attached to this gun. Bipod is also present. Although clearly marked MKII on receiver this gun is registered as a model “MARK I” on the current ATF form 4. Correction may be requested upon transfer through the BATF. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is fine. Receiver retains over 80% of its gray military blued finish, worn to bare metal at the high points and thinning in places with some scratches. Bbl retains about 80% of a dark matte blued finished with some scratches and brassing. Wood of carrying handle, hand grip and butt stock extremely strong and serviceable but they display some chips, nicks and scratches. Sling is strong, supple and serviceable. Bipod still has some remnants of earth on the bottom of the feet from a desert environment. Uncleaned bore has strong to fine rifling and grooves. Bolt face could also use a cleaning but edges are well defined. Magazines finish is consistent with the rest of this arm with one of the magazines having a much darker blued finish then the other two. The Bren gun is an outstanding performing machine gun. Comfortable to shoot and durable under all conditions. The action on this Bren gun is very smooth and this is a very attractive piece for the WWII machine gun collector. 4-51791 (30,000-35,000) – Lot 2019

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2020

**FRENCH CHATELLERAULT MODEL 1924/M 29 (C&R).

SN C15380. Cal. 7.5mm French, bbl 23″. This Chatellrault is marked on right side of the receiver “MLE 1924 M 29” with SN. Additionally marked “JPL T AZ85653” which indicates this was at one time in the possession of Pat Tomlinson, a noted firearms enthusiast in Arizona. SN visible on gas tube when viewed through magazine well does not match receiver SN. Included in this lot is one 30-round magazine which fits properly in magazine well. Bipod legs retain cast brass feet and deploys properly. Tripod mounting latch and buttstock serviceable as is flip up buttplate. Leather cover still present and serviceable on cocking handle. Firing mechanism functions properly when operated by hand. This weapons appears fully functional. It is worth noting that the bolt holds open on the final shot when the magazine is in place on this arm. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is fine retaining over 90% of a blue refinish on the receiver and . cylinder. Bbl assembly retains about 90% of a black enamel paint with some scratch rings on three locations. Bipod also appears to have finished steel parts as does muzzle assembly. The hardened steel retention lashes over the bbl and magazine release as well as the ejection port cover latch all have a plum appearance as is often found after refinish. Wooden forend, handgrip and buttstock have some chips, dings and handling marks but are still strong and serviceable and present a good appearance. Bore is shiny and bright with crisp rifling. Bolt could use a cleaning but is in good condition. The Chatellrault was a successful adaptation of the Browning automatic rifling principal by the French with the idea it could provide “walking fire” upon offensive maneuver. Those who have fired this machine gun will attest to its effectiveness. 4-51705 (8,000-15,000) – Lot 2020

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2021

**SCARCE AND DESIRABLE WWII RUSSIAN DP28 MACHINE GUN (C&R).

SN 6531. Cal. 7.62 X 54R, bbl 28″. This DP28 was manufactured at Tula Arsenal in 1941 as indicated by the arrow within a square marking and date on top of the receiver. Charging handle does not match receiver SN. Buttstock is not an exact fit to the receiver tang and is in such clean condition it is likely a replacement. One original pan magazine is included with this lot. This weapon is marked on the bottom of the receiver “JPL T AZ85653” which indicates that it was one time in the possession of Pat Tomlinson, a noted firearms and aviation enthusiast in Arizona. On the right side of the receiver are “SS IIX”. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is extremely fine as refinished with over 90% of the blue remaining on the receiver and shroud over some scratches, dings. Blue is more of a brown patina in the front sight area. Op rod is gray. Wooden stock is in clean, smooth condition, probably sanded and not a very good fit in the receiver tangs. This could be remedied by a good stock worker. Bore is clean with strong rifling. Bolt face is very good. Pan magazine has a finish consistent with the rest of this arm. This is a highly sought after and relatively scarce machine gun in the United States and its sure to please both the WWII collector and the shooting enthusiast. 4-51706 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2021

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2022

**OUTSTANDING GERMAN WWII MG42 MACHINE GUN MANUFACTURED BY GUSTLOFF (C&R).

SN 5306d. Cal. 8mm, bbl 22-1/2″. This MG42 is unusual in that the the handgrip has been fitted with wooden grip panels. This lot also includes one 50-round assault drum and one anti-aircraft spider sight. Left side of receiver is marked “M.U.”/”M.G. 42″/”5306d”/”dfb”. This indicates the gun was manufactured in 1944 by Gustloff Werke in Suhl. Top cover is marked “cof” and “WaA 518” which indicates Carl Eckenhorn Mfg. Feed cover is non matching in SN as is shroud reinforcement bracket. Bipod retains Nazi proofs but does not match gun SN. Bbl also does not match gun SN. Right side of receiver has an X followed by a square proofmark of unknown meaning. Handgrip assembly is also marked “cof” with WaA 518 proof marks. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is extremely fine with over 90% blued finish as refinished. There are scratches to the finish with some finish over slight pitting in spots. Bolt head presents a blued finish appearance. There are some scuff marks where the moving parts interact with each other. Wooden handgrips have a fine appearance with cut horizontal lines on both sides. Wooden stock shows customary dings, scratches and gouges but still presents well. Bore has good rifling, dark in the grooves with more loss of finish on exterior. 50-round drum and anti-aircraft sight present a finish consistent with the rest of this arm. No doubt some fortunate and discerning machine gun collector will snap this up and have an excellent example of the iconic German machine gun of WWII. 4-51799 (30,000-40,000) – Lot 2022

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2023

**NEARLY ALL MATCHING GERMAN WWII MG 34 MACHINE GUN (C&R).

SN 3260a. Cal. 8mm, bbl 28″. This MG 34 machine gun was made by Waffenwerke Brunn (dot) in 1944 as indicated on top of bbl shroud. Eagle over WaA 63 proofmark is also on top of receiver above SN. Bbl shroud, top cover, receiver, buffer, shoulder stock cup and wooden shoulder stock as well as handgrip all match in SN. Charging handle has no number visible when on gun. Bipod has eagle over WaA proofmark but no apparent SN. Feed shuttle mechanism also has very clear eagle over swastika and WaA 63 mark but no apparent SN. Bolt is matching in number and manufacturer (dot) to rest of gun with 3260a SN and eagle over 63 proofmark. Bbl and feed tray are the only parts which numbers do not match this gun. This indicates very strongly that this was a GI bringback gun. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is fine with about 90% original blued finish remaining with the loss being mostly on the charging handle, feed tray and thinning in places with some bare areas along the high points. Bipod presents more of a brown patina finish with some old scale in places. Hand grips appear intact and serviceable with some scuffs and handling marks. Stock has some chips and scratches but is still very serviceable. Bore has strong rifling. Bolt face is clean with crisp edges with a slight ring around the firing pin hole. It is fairly routine to find bringback guns with non-matching parts and very unusual to find one of these guns so close to all matching as this one. 4-51689 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2023

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2024

**WWII ZB-26 MACHINE GUN WITH NAZI PROOF MARKS MANUFACTURED WAFFENWERKE BRUNN (C&R).

SN 0561. Cal. 8mm, bbl 26″. This interesting ZB-26 looks every inch the WWII bringback gun. Bbl number does not match receiver number but does have eagle over 63 and eagle over swastika proof mark on bbl. Eagle over swastika final proofmark is visible on the top of the receiver at the forward edge of the magazine well. Top rear of receiver retains Czech cartouche as well as SN and Nazi eagle proof marks WaA 63, which indicates manufacture at Waffenwerke Brunn A.G. which is stamped on left side of receiver. “JPL T AZ85653″ is engraved just forward of the sight adjustment knob which indicates that this arm was once in the possession of a noted firearms owner in Arizona, Pat Tomlinson. Buttplate number is 3620 which does not match SN. Bbl has two SNs, 33641 is struck through and A054. This lot includes one unmarked 30-round magazine. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: Ex Dolf Goldsmith Collection; The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is good with uniform coverage of a brown patina with some spots of old scale and areas, particularly on the left side of the receiver, where gray metal is showing through the patina. All metal parts, including the magazine, present this appearance which indicates that this gun saw field use. Further indication of this is that the bore is quite good with distinct rifling and is shiny and bright. Bolt face and bolt is also clean. This weapon has all the indicators of it being a soldiers weapon used in the field. Butt stock has a significant 2″ long ding and chip on the left side about 4” from the receiver as well as some significant small gouges on the left side of the stock. Wooden hand grip is of a much lighter wood as is the bbl carrying handle. There is no doubt that this will become a prized possession to a WWII collector and/or machine gun shooting enthusiast. 4-51730 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2024

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2025

**DWM MAXIM MODEL 1910 HEAVY MACHINE GUN MADE FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF COSTA RICA (C&R).

SN 5623. 7 mm. 24″ bbl. Made by DWM under contract for Costa Rica on orig DWM tripod SN 5620. Water jacket, feed shuttle, top cover, backplate, fusee cover retaining plate, muzzle and cross bolt are all matching. Bolt is numbered 5629A from same production run and likely swapped out when guns were all together in Costa Rica. Marked on fusee cover “DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN BERLIN 1910”. Top cover displays a very attractive Costa Rican crest. Cork and chain plug for drain is not present. Mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is fine. 75% blue mostly turning to brown patina on water jacket and feed shuttle. Also loss of finish to high points and tripod attachment collar which shows as gray metal with some brown patina. Numerous scratches and light pitting on water jacket. Backplate wooden handles are cracked with some significant loss due to chipping particularly on left handle. Checkering is much worn. Also significant pitting to metal hardware of handles but they are still very serviceable. Bore is excellent, shiny and bright. Bolt face is excellent. Tripod retains about 60% of its orig dark green paint with significant chipping to legs and loss of finish to brown patina on elevation gear; attachment for knee pads not present; data plate marked “DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN BERLIN 1910”; traverse and elevation mechanism stiff but functional. This gun shows evidence of use and firing and is an excellent example of DWM quality. 4-51740 (14,000-20,000) – Lot 2025

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2026

**FLUTED JACKET VICKERS WATER COOLED MACHINE GUN (C&R).

SN 81384. Cal 303 British, 28″. This “VSM” marked Vickers gun has a mixture of original and Australian manufactured parts. Top of water jacket and trunnion are marked “VSM”, however brass feed block is marked “MA-42”, indicating Australian manufacture. Bolt is SN U7342 with British proof marks. Rails and crosshead have broad arrow proof marks. Muzzle and booster is of the armored type. Water jacket, drain fitting, cork, and drain plug are present as is water fill plug. Rear sight is marked “3 VII NoII MKI”. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is fine with over 90% blue finish on side plates, cover and water jacket. Water jacket has only a couple of slight dings. Fusee cover has turned a brown patina and has several dings and dents but is still completely serviceable. Wooden hand grips are in very good condition with some nicks and gouges. Bore has strong rifling, dark in the grooves. Muzzle and muzzle cup could use a good cleaning but appears very serviceable. This is a very attractive looking Vickers gun. Vickers are popular guns due to their quality design and ability to be converted to other calibers. 4-51735 (12,000-16,000) – Lot 2026

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2027

**SMOOTH JACKET WWII VICKERS MACHINE GUN ON FAKTS SIDE PLATE (FULLY TRANSFERABLE).

SN 2736. Cal 303, bbl 28-1/2″. This Vickers was manufactured by Fred Kaase using one of his own manufactured transferable side plates and a 1941 dated Australian Vickers kit. Most parts are marked “MA 41”. The Fusee cover is marked on the top “DP” indicating it was relegated for drill purpose use at some time in the past. Muzzle assembly is of the armored type. Drain plug and water fill plug are present but steam release brass cap and chain not present. 303 feed block is brass and marked “MA”. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. Lock does not hold tension or cork. Othewise, this weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is excellent as refinished. 97%+ dark blue refinish on side plates, Fuzee cover, top cover and back plate. Water jacket is repainted green. Muzzle could use a good cleaning but has good blue coverage. Lock is dated 1936 and is SN JZ5147. Bolt face is clean around the firing pin and cannelure guides with some pitting in the area near the top of the Gibbs spring. Bore is shiny with strong rifling and some slight pitting. The Vickers gun is a great shooting platform adaptable to fire several different cartridges including 7.62 Russian. No doubt this will make a fine addition to a shooting enthusiasts collection. 4-51744 (12,000-16,000) – Lot 2027

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2028

**DWM MAXIM MG08 MACHINE GUN (C&R).

SN 46861. Cal. 8mm, bbl 30″. This MG08 Maxim was made by D.W.M. in Berlin in 1918 and SN matches on top cover, feed shuttle, rear sight base, optical sight base, charging handle and back plate. Fusee cover appears to be an unnumbered armorers replacement. Handle brushes are both numbered 16 and could have been transposition of numbers when applied. Bbl is marked DWM and “18 together with cal designation 7.9”. Bolt is a renumber from 318 to 3545. Connecting rod and cross head match gun SN. Water drain fitting at forward end of jacket not present nor is drain cock. Left oil cap retention spring broken off and not present. Included in this lot is an original repainted sled mount with trunnion bracket SN 3568. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. Sled mount levers move freely, elevation mechanism operates smoothly. Knee pads, mounting hardware, spare bolt, spare bbl and tool box attachments are not present. A nicely lightened functional sled mount for the shooting enthusiast. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is very good with about 85% original blue finish remaining on side plates, cover and feed shuttle. Water jacket retains 60% of its blue finish turning mostly a gray patina with scattered old corrosion together with some dings and remnants of field gray paint around the front sight trunnion and water filler cap. Fusee spring cover retains about 80% of orig olive green colored paint with bare areas and gray patina with numerous dings and old scattered pitting. Side plates also have some scattered pitting. Feed shuttle retains about 80% of its blue finish with about a 1″ square area of significant pitting on the left side. Wooden thumb piece extension on water filler cap not present but retaining chain is present. Wooden hand grips are cracked but serviceable. Checkering is well defined. Bore has crisp strong rifling. Sled mount is repainted an olive green with about 95% coverage. This is a very nice example of the German WWI Maxim gun and would be suitable for display or to take to the range. 4-51746 (12,000-16,000) – Lot 2028

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2029

**AUSTRIAN WWI SCHWARZLOSE MODEL 7/12 MANUFACTURED BY STEYR ON TRIPOD (C&R).

SN 23908. Cal 8x50mm, 21-1/2″ bbl. This matching numbered Schwarzlose was manufactured by Steyr in 1917 and retains its drain lever intact as well has mostly intact water fill cap, oil fill cap and original sights. The steam hose fitting on the end of the water jacket is also present with 2 nuts and a washer. Tripod retains its attachment hardware and traverse blocks as well as pins with chain. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is very good with about 50% of the original finish remaining, mostly turning to a brown patina, particularly on the water jacket. Muzzle retains more of a blued finish, probably a refinish. Internals are in the white with the bolt itself having more of a brown patina and the main recoil spring, although strong and serviceable, has some spots of corrosion. Wooden handles are in good serviceable condition but have some dings and handling marks. Water fill plug has crack along the top edges and lost some material but is still serviceable and the brass retaining ring remains in place. Bore has strong rifling with some shine on the lands, somewhat darker in the grooves. Bolt face is in fine serviceable condition. Tripod retains 80% of green paint finish and adjustments in both elevation and traverse function properly. This is a scarce and sought after example of a quality made WWI machine gun. 4-51709 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2029

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2030

**JAPANESE TYPE 92 HEAVY MACHINE GUN ON TRIPOD (C&R).

SN 36725. Cal 7mm Mauser, bbl 28″. This type 92 HMG was manufactured by Hitachi in February 1942 as indicated by the markings on the left side of the receiver. Back plate, buffer and top cover match receiver SN. Bolt does not match nor does operating piston. Bbl not removed to check SN, but this is indeed a 7mm barrel not 7.7 Japanese. Ejection port cover is SN 418. Also marked in channel of charging handle “FAKTS” which indicates that at one time this arm was in the possession of Fred Kaase, a noted firearms enthusiast in Texas. Optic locking screws are not present. This weapon has an added appertinance bolted onto the bottom plate to adapt it to some kind of tripod, and trunnions have been extended by adding Allen screws holding extension knobs. It also has extensions screwed into both sides of the trunnion knobs which also indicate an adaptation to some kind of a tripod. Included with this gun is an original Japanese heavy gun tripod. SN 40833 made by Hitachi. Windage locking knob and leather boot at bottom of elevation shaft are not present but otherwise tripod is functional. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is fine. About 80% finish remaining overall fading to a gray patina, especially on the top cover and roller, also loss of finish on high points. Gun presents more of a gray finish coverage than dark black. Oiler brush is in good serviceable condition. Wooden handles are complete and serviceable but left one has several longitudinal cracks and both have some gouges and nicks. Rear sight seems to adjust properly. Bore has strong rifling, dark in the grooves. Bolt face in good serviceable condition. Tripod retains 85% olive green paint with loss of paint to the high edges as well as some chips and scattered spots of corrosion. Elevation works and locks properly and traverses freely back and forth. This would make a good shooting machine gun for the firearms enthusiast and also is an historic item from the Pacific theater of WWII. 4-51691 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2030

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2031

**COLT BROWNING AIRCRAFT .30 CAL MACHINE GUN MG 40 AS REGISTERED BY MARANA ARMS (FULLY TRANSFERABLE).

SN 115993. Cal. 30-06, bbl 25-1/2″. This Colt aircraft Browning machine gun retains its original receiver top plate to the rear of the top cover. Left side plate marked “COLT AC MG”/”30 CAL.”. Right sight plate marked “REMFG. BY”/”MARANA ARMS MFG.”/”MARANA, ARIZONA, U.S.A.”. Bottom plate marked “MARANA ARMS MFG.”/”MDL. H.”/”SERIAL NO. II”. Cocking handle not present but these are readily available from parts vendors. Firing trigger is an aluminum bar which pivots below the buffer assembly. Gun is currently set up to feed from left to right. Bolt operates smoothly within receiver and firing pin strike is strong. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance near excellent with over 95% of gray/blue finish remaining with loss of finish along high edges and on top of rivet of top cover. Bolt is in the white as is extractor. Firing actuator is non-anodized aluminum. Bottom of trunnion inside sideplates shows some evidence of welding. Bbl has an excellent bright bore. Bolt face is likewise in extremely clean condition. These fast firing aircraft machine guns pack a lot of firepower and this one would no doubt be an impressive shooter on any range. 4-51726 (12,000-18,000) – Lot 2031

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2032

**BROWNING 1919 A4 MACHINE GUN AS MANUFACTURED BY MARANA ARMS (FULLY TRANSFERABLE).

SN 4. Cal. 30-06, bbl 24″. This is a standard Browning 1919A4 built on a Marana Arms registered sideplate. It includes a clamp on carrying handle just forward of the flip down front sight. Bolt is unmarked. Bolt hole open safety bracket is not present on right side of receiver. Rear sight bracket is bolted on with non-standard bolts but still looks appropriate even though holes have been drilled in a different position on left sideplate. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is fine with over 85% of a military gray finish remaining on the metal parts. There is a prominent weld seam on the right sideplate just above the cocking handle slot at the rear. There is also an area of weld below the stamped in Marana Arms manufactured marking where the gun SN has been stamped on the right sideplate. Sideplate is also stamped “MARANA ARMS MFG. MOD. H MARANA AZ.” on right sideplate. Below that are the standard Browning machine gun right sideplate markings. Bore has strong rifling, dark in the grooves. Bolt face is dark. This iconic American machine gun would be a good shooter. 4-51738 (12,000-16,000) – Lot 2032

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2033

**INGRAM MAC M10A1 9MM, 45 A.C.P. SUBMACHINE GUN (FULLY TRANSFERABLE).

SN A6041105. Cal. 45ACP with 6″ bbl like new in the box with one magazine and magazine loader. Also included is a 9mm upper, including bolt, buffer and bbl, and also 9mm magazine and mag loader. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. Includes orig styrofoam packing box with cardboard oversleeve, with SN written on the side in black marker. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is as new in the box, with grey parkerized finish. Receiver is a parkerized grey while bbl is a high luster blue. 45 ACP magazine is lustrous blue and 9mm is parkerized. Condition of 45 ACP bore is excellent and bright. 9mm bore is also in extremely fine condition, although dusty. This would be a fine entry level submachine gun package in two popular and common calibers. 4-54026 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2033

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2034

***WALTHER MPK SUB MACHINE GUN (PRE-86 DEALER SAMPLE).

SN 5161. 9 MM. 7″ bbl. This example has the Walther banner logo on left side of receiver followed by “MP Walther Cal. 9mm” also marked with eagle/”N” proof mark below “63” next to Walther proof mark to left of SN. Upper SN matches with eagle/”N” proof mark to left of this number as well as “Mod. Kurz”. Bolt SN also matches. Lower assembly also has a marking within an oval just forward of rear sling swivel. Folding shoulder loop has gray hard rubber casing to provide comfort to the firer when aiming. Included in this lot are two 32-rnd magazines marked “MP 9 mm”. Also included are both German and English versions of the Provisional Operation and Servicing Manuals, editions of 1963, which is when this gun was made. Mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This gun appears fully functional. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is extremely fine with over 95% dark blue parkerized finish with scratches to bare metal in places and loss of finish at some high points. Bore is excellent, shiny and bright. Bolt face is extremely fine. There is a coat of dust in recessed areas from long term storage. Magazine finish is consistent with gun. This is a nice, fairly early example of this model and these seem to consistently run well. 4-51284 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2034

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2035

**ONE OF A KIND M110 SEMI-AUTOMATIC STONER RIFLE SNIPER SYSTEM SIGNED BY C. REED KNIGHT, WITH REGISTERED SUPPRESSOR.

SN KM090341. Cal. 7.62mm. Bbl 22″. This is a complete sniper system as produced for the U.S. Military by C. Reed Knight of Knight’s Manufacturing Co. This state of the art sniper system includes a Leupold 3.5-10X variable power daytime optic, a Harris swivel bipod and PALs magazine pouches, and its registered Class III suppressor in its own case all within its orig transit case complete with cleaning kit, four 20-rnd magazines and four 10-rnd magazines. This system is the product of extensive testing in competition in which this Knight’s Armament manufactured rifle won and was selected for military use. Its semi-automatic capability and outstanding quality & accuracy, together with its ambidextrous features make it an ideal sniper’s weapon. As of this cataloging, Reed Knight has confirmed that he has only ever signed two firearms, this being one of them, and there are very few examples of this model in private hands. CONDITION: Overall finish & appearance is excellent, test fired only, with battery for scope still in zip-lock bag, 20-rnd magazines still in their sealed, plastic bags and screws on scope mount unblemished in every respect. The condition is about as fine as possible. This is a tremendous opportunity for both the modern military enthusiast & rifle accuracy enthusiast. The fact that this comes with its orig Class III registered suppressor only enhances the attractiveness of this package. 4-54755 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2035

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2036

*TIPPMANN ARMS CO. MODEL 1917 MINIATURE SEMI-AUTO REPLICA OF BROWNING 1917 A1 WATER COOLED MACHINE GUN SN 001.

SN 001. Cal. 22 LR, bbl 11″. This is the first SN’d gun of the semi-automatic Tippmann replicas of the Browning 1917A1 water cooled machine gun. This beautifully crafted firing replica includes brass and steel parts and includes a miniature tripod, traverse and elevation gear, 2 compartment wooden ammo box with belted ammunition and wooden crate made to hold this replica and its accessories. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. Traverse and elevation gear fits properly. This weapon appears fully functional as semi-auto only. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is simply outstanding with near 100% glossy blue finish on steel parts with attractive shiny brass nose cap, filler and drain plugs, rear trunnion and feed shuttle block. Wooden hand grips are of an attractive brown color with a brass escutcheon. Tripod likewise near excellent as is traverse and elevation mechanism. Internal parts show that the bolt has been back and forth and there is evidence that it has been fired. Bore is near excellent, shiny and bright. Bolt face is also excellent. It would be hard to imagine a more attractive little conversation piece in a den or office 4-54049 (4,000-8,000) – Lot 2036

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2037
Revised: 3/11/2015

Please Note: We have just received some additional history on this cannon. It was NOT taken to New York, but was according to Wayne Stark’s 1984 Cannon Registry, donated to a GAR Post #134 in 1946 and was on display at the local GAR in Wood River, Nebraska until it eventually sold. It was also featured on a television series “Sons of Guns” on Discovery Channel in 2010.

EXTREMELY RARE CONFEDERATE NEW ORLEANS MADE 12-POUND BRONZE NAPOLEON ON CARRIAGE WITH LIMBER.

SN 30. This spectacular gun, just recently discovered, is the only privately owned New Orleans made Napoleon cannon. Bronze gun metal was not available to the foundries in New Orleans so a proclamation was sent out from Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard to the Southern States to send their bells to N.O. to help the war effort. This is no doubt one of the Napoleons cast by Leeds from bells sent to New Orleans from churches, plantations and such across the South. Records of Leeds & Co, New Orleans indicate they shipped two light 12 pdrs on the December 19, 1861…probably foundry #19 & 20; by February 19th they shipped four more #5,30,37,and 38. Robertson’s Alabama Battery had four Leeds Napoleons on Ruggles line at Shiloh in April of ’62 of which gun was most likely one. The Federals reported capturing six Leeds Napoleons after the battle of Missionary Ridge. It seems safe to say this gun was at Shiloh and quite possibly captured at Missionary Ridge. The other five known examples listed in Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War by Hazlett, Olmstead & Parks, 2004 are all in museums or owned by National Park Service. Other listed existing SNs are 19, which is at the Petersburg National Battlefield Park; SN 38, at John Browning Museum, Rock Island. IL; SNs 45 & 53, on display at Augusta Arsenal Museum, GA; and SN 49, at Carlisle Barracks, PA. SN 30, which we offer here, is in beautiful condition with complete markings as on other examples: “1862” on left trunnion, “LEEDS & CO. NEW ORLEANS” on right trunnion. This cannon is mounted on an exacting #2 regulation field carriage with limber and implements. This cannon is ready to be taken into the field and get revenge on the Yankees who originally captured her and took her to New York. This is the only Confederate Napoleon to ever be offered at public auction and we can find only two Confederate 6-pound bronze tubes ever auctioned in the last 30 years. There are no more than 4 or 5 Confederate bronze Napoleons by any maker that are privately owned; this is your opportunity to get the most desirable bronze Confederate cannon extant. CONDITION: Very good as can be seen in photographs, as is carriage and limber. Markings are crisp and fine. 4-54465 (200,000-250,000) – Lot 2037

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2038

RARE & HISTORIC U.S. NAVY LIGHT BRONZE 12-POUNDER DAHLGREN BOAT HOWITZER AND ORIGINAL CARRIAGE.

SN 53. This Howitzer is one of the most historically important and interesting cannon in this collection. It’s history is well documented by SN from records in the National Archives. This cannon is beautifully marked and dated on top of bbl “12PDR / BOAT HOWITZER / 1858 / F.K.M.” (Francis Key Murray was U.S. Naval inspector for only one year, 1858). Cannon marked at breech “US NAVY YARD WASHINGTON, 430 LBS, 26PRE” (26 refers to preponderance weight). John Dahlgren was always concerned with this measurement & all his guns are so marked. This term refers to how heavy the breech is when you lift it when pivoted at the center of the barrel’s trunnion loop. SN 53 also found on bbl. Muzzle is stamped with the initials “CM” inside diamond. Olmstead, Stark & Tucker 1997 THE BIG GUNS, CIVIL WAR SEIGE, SEACOAST & NAVAL CANNON pp. 109: “Nearly half the surviving boat howitzers made at the Washington Navy Yard, have one or two initials in sequence stamped on their lower muzzle faces. One series runs from 1855 to 1864; another starting anew, runs from 1864 to 1874….John L. Morris deduced that these might code each piece produced at the Yard, equivalent to familiar private foundry numbers. We broadly confirm this theory by a scan of 70 known stampings of varying legibility. Roughly one in three thus far recorded is enclosed within a crude diamond, of unknown significance if any, formed by four strikes of a small cold chisel.” The carriage is SN 16 and its weight is marked as 322 lbs. This rare, light howitzer served on three different vessels during the Civil War Era. From about 1858 to early 1861 the steamer WYANDOTTE carried the howitzer, before it was transferred to the steam sloop VANDALIA. The next ship on which it would see service was the steam sloop JUNIATA which captured 5 Confederate blockade runners and helped capture Ft. Fisher near Wilmington, NC. While this weapon was aboard, it no doubt saw action, very likely with one of the landing parties JUNIATA sent into the amphibious assault on the fort. Postwar the howitzer armed the steam tug PINTA until 1911, an unusually long career for any weapon, some 53 years. The piece is very interesting technically as well. The boat howitzers were invented by Admiral John Dahlgren, USN, in the late 1840s to provide a suitable artillery piece which could be carried by boat to shore, then be easily landed and ready for use. The boat howitzer had a special carriage so that it could be fired from the bow of a boat, then readily dismounted from that carriage and remounted on a steel carriage for use ashore. The steel carriage was carried in the stern of the boat. The howitzers were designed to be fired by means of a special bronze percussion lock which was integral to the piece. A third wheel at the rear of the carriage could be raised for firing or lowered for traveling. This example is particularly fine and among the best if not the finest known of only 20 surviving guns. Accompanying cannon is a very rare artillery-man’s pass box for this gun still retaining leather carrying strap. This light boat howitzer is one of only two or three surviving of the earliest pattern, with large blade front sight and central rear-sight hole. In about 1860 the design was changed and the large front sight was replaced by a very small front sight at center-side location, matched by an offset rear-sight hole, which most collectors agree bears no comparison, aesthetically, to Dahlgren’s handsome first pattern. There is a large file of documentation on this particular cannon and its use aboard the USS JUNIATA. PROVENANCE: James Hastings Collection. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Tube and carriage overall are in fine condition, wheels are accurate reproductions. Bore and vent are clean and smooth. All markings are all crisp and discernible as can be seen in photos. Percussion lock is orig but was replaced at some point in service as SN is 170 and inspection date is 1871. Pass box very good overall; strap is fragile but complete, “LT. 12 PDR” still discernible in white paint. Cannon and carriage are 94″ overall; tube is 51″ overall with bbl length of 44-1/2″. 4-54098 (50,000-60,000) – Lot 2038

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2039

RARE AND UNIQUE JAMES BYERS BRONZE 6-POUNDER CANNON MADE FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

SN NSN. This cannon is thought to be among the earliest American made bronze cannon manufactured after Independence. Tube is engraved in script “SNY” monogram (State of New York) on top of bbl, forward of breech. There is a large “6” (6-pounder) engraved on top of barrel between muzzle and trunnions. Weight is engraved on back of breech in quarter-weights 5.3.22 which translates to over 650 lbs. This cannon is in beautiful condition with fine turquoise colored patina with well discerned markings and fine, smooth bore. Surviving records for Byers Foundry prior to the National Armory being built on his site show contract with State of New York in late 1790’s and several 6lb cannon apparently being delivered. Style, breech and cascabel design are consistent with a 3-pounder Byers attributed cannon in part one of the Springfield Arsenal, LLC sale from October 2014. PROVENANCE: Naples, Florida Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Markings all discernible as can be seen in photographs. Cannon is very good to fine overall with mostly green fading to chocolate colored patina. Markings engraved on bbl are outlined in punch dot decorated “frames”, the script “SNY” being 6″ x 4″ and the “6” is in a 6″ x 3″ oval. Surface has typical small dents, dings and scratches, but surface overall is fine. Vent is clear as is bore. There are two holes drilled to right of iron sleeved vent where a gunlock had been added for continued use along with cut-out modification for rear band to mount the lock. 4-54195 (40,000-50,000) – Lot 2039

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2040

ONLY SURVIVING SPECIMEN, DANIEL TREADWELL MODEL 1841 IRON & STEEL 6-POUNDER GUN.

SN NSN. This cannon which was tested by US government in 1843 closely resembles its bronze counterpart and this rare and unique survivor is aptly described in Hazlett, Olmstead & Parks Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War on pgs. 42 & 43. “Another approach turned backward nearly to the origins of cannon. Schemes for built-up cannon became widespread, among which was Harvard professor Daniel Treadwell’s proposal to combine the best features of iron and steel. His eventual English patent of 19 June 1855 described reinforcing cannon with hoops screwed and shrunk onto the body of the piece. On 9 March 1842 he was awarded two contracts, one for six, the other for one ‘6-pounder gun, of a combination of steel and iron.’ Nine such pieces-two of them numbered ‘8’-were inspected and proved by William Wade and Rufus L. Baker on 15, 16, and 17 August 1843. Their dimensions were identical with those of the bronze Model of 1841 with the addition of a band from 8 to 8.5 inches wide, with 8.4-inch diameter, for the trunnions. Against an intended weight of 880 pounds, the eight whose weight was recorded averaged from 780 to 816 pounds, averaging 72 pounds underweight. A second summary tally in the contract record identified the material as ‘a combination of wrought iron and steel.’ There is no clue whether threading or shrinkage or both were featured in these pieces, none of which has been found. Nothing has been learned of their fates.” It is interesting to note that this single example has turned up after the publication of this definitive 1997 text. Professor Treadwell was a brilliant physicist, engineer and philosopher. He was a self-made millionaire in the early 19th century from his textile machine inventions alone. He built the cannon forging plant with his own money to make new steel cannon. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow depicted his friend, Professor Treadwell while a Harvard Professor as the fictional theologian in Tales From the Wayside Inn published in 1863. PROVENANCE: Bannermans. Val Forgett; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Pitted overall with no discernible markings under black paint. Vent has a 3/4″ hexagonal nut as part of a removed ignition device where two holes remain for bracket for hammer. Bore is clear, though rusted and pitted. 4-54210 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2040

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2041

EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR 24-POUND US FLANK HOWITZER MADE IN 1863.

24-pound flank Howitzers were first made in the late 1840’s by several manufacturers. Only 50 were made by Cyrus Alger during the Civil War. However, total production of flank Howitzers from the 1840’s through the Civil War was about 600 cannon, of which many have survived. Most survivors are displayed outside or as part of monuments, many with markings which are no longer discernible. This particular tube is no doubt the finest survivor in condition not much different than when it was made, at least externally, with very fine markings. PROVENANCE: College in Cedar Rapids, IA; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Smooth surfaces painted black. Markings are as crisp & fine as found on any Civil War cannon. No. 1452 (foundry number) found on rimbase just above right trunnion. Muzzle is marked “C. A. & Co. (Cyrus Alger & Co, Boston, Massachusetts) 1488(lbs), 1863, T. J. R. (Inspector Thomas Jackson Rodman), No. 305 (registry number).” Bore is smooth with rust & pitting, vent is plugged. Original tool & lathe marks are visible on tube, none better. This cannon had been stored indoors since the war. 4-54221 (15,000-30,000) – Lot 2041

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2042

EXTREMELY FINE AMES CIVIL WAR 24-POUND COEHORN MORTAR.

SN 208. This is a very fine example of a Civil War bronze cannon with many examples that saw great and hard use at the end of the Civil War, especially in the trenches around Richmond and at Petersburg, VA. This pattern, even though introduced in the United States in 1838, were scarce and were unavailable during the Vicksburg campaign in July of 1863 where they would have been used to great affect. General Grant wrote of improvising cannon to throw common shells into the trenches as he had no Coehorns at Vicksburg where they could have been used effectively. 200 Coehorns were produced after this proclamation by the end of the war. This particular tube is in near pristine condition and one of the very last made, being dated 1865 and inspected by William Augustus Marye, though his inspection marks are not present here or on other examples noted. Registry number on muzzle is 208, weight is 162 lbs and foundry number on rimbase is 272. This is a fairly scarce Civil War cannon, as even though Ames made 200 of these during the war, most were melted over the years for their 160 lbs of bronze. You won’t find a better example of this mortar anywhere especially with the orig shipping tompion with steel ring. This cannon is unmounted but simple iron trimmed wood mounts are readily available. PROVENANCE: Hal Fillinger, Horsham, PA; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall with smooth bronze patina & crisp markings. Tompion is dried & slightly shrunk, and does not fit bore tightly. Iron tompion mounts are rusted & pitted. 4-54133 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2042

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2043

MASSIVE 5-TON PATTERN 1844 8-INCH COLUMBIAD SEACOAST SIEGE GUN.

SN NSN. Of the 61 8″ Columbiads, pattern 1844 made by Cyrus Alger & Co., only 21 survived and this is the only example in private hands. This gun is beautifully marked and at a mere 5 tons of unique American history would make a marvelous addition to any collection where one could brag that my gun is bigger than your gun. This gun conforms to other guns of pattern measuring 119″, 124″ including cascabel. These seacoast Columbiads were America’s first line of defense against naval attack as these guns could easily sink most any vessel coming close enough to take direct shots and that is the reason most all harbors in the world had forts. This particular gun is marked on muzzle face “B.H.” (for ordnance inspector Benjamin Huger who later became a Confederate General) and registry number “44”. Left trunnion is dated “1855” right trunnion is marked, “C.A. & CO / BOSTON”. Breech is marked with weight of 9,105 lbs. *SPECIAL NOTE* This cannon is not at our facilities. It currently resides on the front lawn of John Morris’ home in Springfield, VA, 703-309-0228. It is illustrated and described here and can only be viewed at the above address. If you wish to view it, please call John Morris to set up a mutually convenient appointment to examine. Mr. Morris also has an extraordinary depth of knowledge of cannons in general, and in addition to viewing the cannon in person, it will provide you an opportunity to speak with him and access any information that may be helpful to you regarding the cannon. This cannon will stay on Mr. Morris’ lawn until such time the winning bidder has paid for his purchase and made arrangements for the pickup of the cannon. Mr. Morris is experienced in moving heavy cannons and will advise and assist buyer or buyer’s carrier in loading them on vehicles for highway transportation. To repeat, this cannon cannot be previewed at the auction site. PROVENANCE: Allentown, PA LLC; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Pitted overall but markings all discernible as can be seen in photographs. 4-54190 (35,000-60,000) – Lot 2043

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2044

AMES MODEL 1841 BRONZE 6-POUNDER GUN ON ORIGINAL CARRIAGE.

SN 131. This is a wonderful 6-pounder with great color on orig carriage with only the trail wood that is not orig, however all of the irons are orig and correct. This may be the only orig carriage of its type in extant. Cannon is marked “131 JWR” on muzzle face. “N.P. AMES” / “FOUNDER” / “SPRINGFIELD MASS” is found on left trunnion and right trunnion is dated “1844”. Carriage cheek pieces are Watervliet Arsenal marked and dated 1843. Consignor states, “This piece is believed to be one of a pair of 6-pounders which appear in the official Ordnance Returns for Fort Adams during the mid-1800s. The Fort is in Newport, R.I. The piece was acquired from a Newport private LLC in 1978, where it and a twin had apparently been placed after being “disposed of” by the Fort. The twin is now in the possession of the Newport Artillery company. The carriage of the piece is all orig except for the trail, in which only the wood has been replaced. All of the metal is in excellent condition. Wheels are orig and one has had wood restoration. This may be the only orig carriage of its type in existence. It is currently painted gray, except for the metal parts which are gloss black. PROVENANCE: Ft. Adams, Newport, RI; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Typical surface with numerous small blemishes, markings are all discernible as can be seen in photos. Carriage is solid and painted as described. 4-54193 (50,000-70,000) – Lot 2044

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2045

RARE CIVIL WAR 8″ SIEGE MORTAR.

SN 19. Marvelous condition and great markings. You will never find a better example. This gun is beautifully marked on muzzle with registry “No. 19”, inspected “TJR” (Thomas J. Rodman), “1026 LBS” “1863” “C.A. & CO” for Cyrus Alger & Company, Boston, Massachusetts. These mortars saw heavy service in all theaters of war where they could be transported. During the Civil War there were 170 8″ – model 1861 – siege mortars produced by three different contractors, though 89 are known surviving, few are privately owned. PROVENANCE: Ron Weaver Collection, Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon carriage measures about 56″ l x about 23″ trunnion to trunnion. At about 34″ wide overall, height is about 32″ and overall weight on exacting reproduction carriage is slightly less than a ton. Cannon & carriage are painted black. Metal surfaces of mortar & carriage are smooth where machined and markings are crisp and well defined as can be seen in photos. Bore is fairly smooth near muzzle but rusted & pitted at base. 4-54228 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2045

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2046

ARSENAL MODEL U.S. 13″ SIEGE MORTAR “THE DICTATOR”.

Among the most famous cannon of the Civil War was the 13″ siege mortar mounted on railroad car that wreaked havoc to the Confederate’s in their works in Petersburg, VA. Full-sized mortar weighed in at about 8-1/2 tons and threw a ball that weighed over 200 lbs. The orig cannon was cast for Fort Pitt, and this faithful well-made model closely approximates it dimensionally. The consignor has reason to believe this model was cast at Ft. Pitt in the same way that foundry cast small models of their 15 and 20-inch guns. PROVENANCE: Howard Hoffman, Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall, painted black, model weighs 28 lbs, including carriage. Overall 10″ l x 5″ w, bbl is 5-1/2″ l x 4″ dia with a 1.25″ bore. 4-54093 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2046

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2047

PAIR OF LARGE IRON WAR OF 1812 US NAVAL SWIVEL GUNS.

This large pair of iron one-pounder swivel guns is thought by our consignor to be American because of the unusual cast projections on breeches, the overall profile, and the location of the markings. The rectangular-cross-section projections at the breech have wrought-iron bands with the remains of broken-off “monkey tails” which were used to aim swivel guns. Cannons have typical lines of the late 18th century with bands and flared muzzle. Bores are two inches (one-pounder.) Baserings are marked with numbers in the 200-299 range which are a bit difficult to decipher but seem to be either weight or serial number marks. There are also some numbers marked underneath the centers of the guns. These guns are similar in profile to their French bronze contemporaries known as “Pierrier” of which there are a few examples in this sale. The US copied or was at least heavily influenced by French artillery designs during the late 18th-early 19th century. The reason the US did not use bronze for these naval swivel guns, as the French did, was due to an edict issued in 1800 by Secretary of War Henry Dearborn that all US cannon would thereafter be cast from iron. The consignor knows of only two other examples of this particular model of swivel cannon. PROVENANCE: Mark McConnell; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Tubes are about 44″, bbl length 36″, trunnions distance 11″. Good overall. Tubes are good to very good overall with pitting, remnants of old black paint, tillers are broken off but their bases & rings are still attached. 2-1/4″ bores are clear but pitted. Bbls have not been weighed but each gun is probably about 250-300 lbs each. 4-54207 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2047

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2048

CIVIL WAR ERA RARE & UNIQUE 1.5 INCH WHITWORTH BREECH LOADING CANNON.

SN NSN. This very rare Whitworth is seen in an 1860 Vintage photograph being test fired. The carriage accompanying this barrel was copied from the carriage seen in this photograph. This cannon was originally purchased in Thailand along with other obsolete weapons in the 1960’s. Whitworth, a prolific inventive genius, designed revolutionary breechloading and muzzle-loading rifles, cannons, and special projectiles for them to achieve greater accuracy than standard military arms of mid-19th century England. Various calibers of muzzle and breech loading cannons, based upon his extremely long range, phenomenally accurate hexagonally rifled system, were sold to the Confederacy and other countries. His introduction of new standards of accuracy in measurement and machining characterized his weapons, which were made to tolerances of a few ten-thousandths of an inch, unheard-of in the 1850’s. No other specimens of this exact gun are known. Whitworth identified his 1-1/2″ gun as a “3-pounder”. This contemporary description of testing is revealing: “In February last the Whitworth gun was tried on the sands at Southport, Lancashire…The 3-pounder, with an elevation of 35 degrees attained a maximum range of 9688 yards; at 20 degrees, 7073 yards; at 10 degrees, 4281 yards. ‘Nor was the accuracy less marvelous than the range-at 9580 yards the average lateral deviation was not quite 20 yards, at 9015 only 11 yards, at 6793 only 4 yards, at 1579 yards (not quite a mile) only 18 inches!…The charge for the 3-pounder is 8 ounces…The result of these experiments seems to be that the Whitworth exceeds the Armstrong in range, but does not equal it in accuracy. The Whitworth 3-pounder is 6 feet in length and weighs 208 lbs., with a bore of 1.5 inches” (The Annual Register, Or a view of the History and politics of the Year 1860, LONDON:PRINTED FOR J.& F.H. RIVINGTON; p.206. LITERATURE: The Artilleryman Magazine Spring, 1986. Cannon is accompanied by facsimile photograph of it being fired in test in 1860. This may be the only Whitworth piece of field artillery of the Civil War era to ever be offered. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Overall dimensions of gun are 82-1/2″, internal bbl length if 77″, overall length of bbl on carriage is about 10′ and overall width is about 58″. External metal pitted overall such that no marks are discernible. Bore & rifling in good condition. Breech threads in good condition such that breech can be screwed closed & opened easily. Carriage is well made, sound & solid. 4-54208 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2048

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2049

ARSENAL MODEL DAHLGREN 15″ NAVY GUN AND CARRIAGE.

SN NSN. This is an extremely well made and detailed model of a Civil War era Dahlgren Naval gun. This model is 1/10″ scale and measures 20″ overall with a 1.5″ bore diameter. Carriage is wrought iron or steel measuring 9.62″ in length less wheels and 6.4″ wide. Bbl is cast iron measuring 18.12″ overall with a bore length of 15.5″ (muzzle face to rear of chamber). This model has two vents and two associated sets of percussion “lock ears”, only the right hand vent is drilled through to bore. Within the US Navy’s series of 15″ gun designs, this is unique to the pattern of 1870. This was the last pattern of US Navy muzzle-loading 15″ gun to see production. Since all 20 of this pattern gun were cast by Ft. Pitt Foundry it is most likely this model was built there as well. There are no markings other than matching assembly punch marks. Similar high quality models were built in this era at the Washington Navy Yard and the New York Navy Yard. Most of the known official US Navy models bear markings similar to the full scale models they represent. However, the workmanship and precision with which this piece was executed is typical of surviving models in the USNA Museum Collection at Annapolis. PROVENANCE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall. Smooth iron and steel patinas. This model may have once had a percussion lock hammer which is now missing. Toggle bar at top of elevating screw is also missing. 4-54081 (7,000-10,000) – Lot 2049

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2050

ARSENAL MODEL OF 20″ RODMAN CANNON.

SN NSN. This is a unique manufacturer’s model of the massive 20″ Rodman cannon, no doubt made at the Ft. Pitt Foundry. The overall length of this model is about 45-1/2″ with bbl length of about 24-1/2″. Bore diameter is 2-inches which makes this a 1/10 scale model. This model has the remains of a complete set of muzzle markings, which are corroded, but part of “TJR” for Thomas J. Rodman can still be discerned. Other muzzle markings would have included the date, registry number and weight. Modern forensic techniques should be able to make those markings visible. The marks and quality will be similar to those on the 15″ Ft. Pitt model and this larger piece is almost certainly their product as well. It is mounted on the correct type iron carriage. The full sized massive Rodman cannons were manufactured under Rodman’s use of solid casting, among the first large cannon made with this technology, which Americans excelled at during the Civil War era. For a cannon this large the casting process took several days and involved many tens of thousands or maybe hundreds of thousands of gallons of water for cooling the core of the casting to relieve internal stresses caused by the older, “solid casting” method. Ft. Pitt Foundry was the first to use Rodman’s patent for hollow casting guns. The first prototype 15″ cannon was cast December 23, 1859. During the Civil War era only two 20-inch Rodman guns were made. According to Olmstead, Stark and Tucker in their text The Big Guns “of the two 20-inch guns known, only the first is documented. At least one other, also recorded was evidently sold to if not actually cast for the government of Peru.” The two surviving cannon are now located at Ft. Hamilton, NY and Ft. Hancock, NJ each weighing in at a mere 58 tons per tube. Projectiles weighed 1000 lbs and no target could stand up to such a weapon. No wonder so few were made. This particular model is in fine condition and presents quite well. PROVENANCE: Denny Pizzini Collection, George W. Starke; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Smooth, black painted and patinaed surfaces with pitting. Bore is rusted and pitted. 4-54245 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2050

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2051

RARE & UNIQUE PAIR OF MOFFATT PATENTED BREECH LOADING CANNON.

Richard R. Moffatt of Brooklyn, New York patented and produced for trials a new matching pair of cannon, one being a 12-pound smooth-bore and the other a 3.4″ rifle, both utilizing his 1875 patented breech system that reinforced the breech area with less metal in bbl itself. Moffatt had earlier experimented with breech loading cannon during the Civil War and at least one of his designs was tested at the Washington Navy Yard in 1863. This pair of mostly steel construction are very well made with reinforced band at center of tubes and with trunnions on its lower projection. The center of these bands has areas for pivot of the strap-type breech. A long 30″ lever at back of cannon pivots the breech-strap such that a bottom hinged breech block opens, exposing area for deployment of cartridge. A modern 90mm gun casing fits the smooth-bore gun quite well. When the breech is closed, the breech block has a vent that goes to center of casing where various ignition systems could be employed but as now made takes a friction primer. This pair of cannon were made to fit the boat Howitzer cartridges that were currently in use by USN for 12-pounder & 3.4″ rifles. Though there are no markings on either tube, these are no doubt the patterns Moffatt made for trials as illustrated in his US Patent of February 16, 1875 (Patent #159834). An entry in the US Navy’s “Record of Miscellaneous Guns” in the National Archives records these two guns as having been received at the Boston Navy Yard from the Boston Iron Co. in Feb. 1877. This is a remarkable pair of unique tubes and the only pair ever made. A video link on our website shows the function of breech – which is amazing for speed rounds can be fired. These cannon are both fully functional & ready for action. PROVENANCE: Bannerman’s Lenox Resort, Eastover, Massachusetts; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Both cannon measure about 70″ overall including mount with 55″ bbls, 13-1/2″ wide at breech, 12″ trunnion to trunnion. 2″ integral front blade sights are present with a 1/4″ chip on 12-pounder. 12-pounder breech mechanism works well and there is a modified 90mm cartridge that fits breech quite well. Bores in both tubes are smooth & very good, rifling in rifle tube is quite crisp & well discerned. Consigner’s business can supply two types of steel cartridge cases which are easily modified to make usable cases for 12-pounder and 3.4-inch weapons respectively . Tubes are mounted on almost identical, pivoting steel mounts with steel 11mm (.45″) mounting plates. Stands and tubes are painted black overall, surfaces are quite smooth. Rifle has an iron screw in vent & smooth bore has a brass vent. Both have a large brass spanner nut intake attaching a cylindrical downward projection about 10″ long & 3″ diameter, , threaded inside to mate with the existing elevating screws of the Dahlgren field carriages. All orig with restored levers. 4-54243 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2051

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2052

JOHN DAHLGREN’S PERSONAL MODEL “NINE INCH SHELL GUN NO. 2”.

SN NSN. This fabulous model was originally made at John Dahlgren’s direction in 1853. This 1/8th scale model is marked “9-INCH SHELL GUN NO. 2”. The No. 2″ refers to his second and final design for the famous 9-inch gun-No. 1 design having been much less streamlined, was discarded after only one example was made. There is no doubt that this model is described in minute detail in John Dahlgren’s personal design notebook for the 9-Inch gun found at The Library of Congress. John Dahlgren’s notes precisely match the 17.56 pound weight, the 16.5″ length overall and 1-1/8″ bore and the name inscribed on tube as can be seen in photos. John Dahlgren in his notebook calculates the density of this model noting that a full scale gun made to these dimensions would weight 9,114 pounds. Dahlgren describes in his design notebook how he used the bbl model, weighing it in water then in air, and balancing it on knife edges to ascertain the exact breech preponderance, a weight which greatly concerned him. Thus he had no use for a carriage for the model, and none exists (see photos). Indeed surviving 9″ Navy guns are very close to this weight. Registry number 117 cast at Tredegar Foundry, Richmond, VA was aboard the USS Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay, all 9,000 pounds of it. This is an outstanding historical model with impeccable aesthetics and provenance. PROVENANCE: Ordnance Museum, Washington Navy Yard. Retired Admiral’s Estate, Annapolis, MD. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall with dark iron patina, markings easily discerned. 4-54083 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2052

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2053

HOTCHKISS TWO-POUNDER RIFLED BREECH LOADING MOUNTAIN GUN ON ORIGINAL CARRIAGE.

SN 60. Bbl measures 46″ with 1.65″ rifled bore. Hotchkiss mountain guns were first tested by the U.S. Army in 1881, having been purchased from the famous Hotchkiss Company in Paris. The guns were ideal for use in rugged terrain, such as the American West, since the entire weapon weighed only 362 pounds, and could be broken down into parts so that a gun and its ammunition could be transported on three mules. The gun could fire quite rapidly since it was used fixed (but separately primed) ammunition. In fact, this was the first U.S. artillery piece to utilize fixed metallic-cartridge type ammunition. Two basic types of ammunition were issued, explosive shells with impact fuzes, and canister. The former was effective to 3500 yards, and the latter to a few hundred, against personnel or animals. Four of the guns made history on December 29, 1891 at Wounded Knee Creek, Dakota Territory. They had been positioned on a hill near where U.S. Troops were disarming Sioux Indians when firing broke out in the Indian camp. The battery began firing to support the troops. The Sioux lost over 150 of their number, and were so badly beaten that they never fought again, thus finally ending the Indian Wars. Hotchkiss 2-pounders were also used in the Spanish-American war. This particular example made in 1881 is as fine and complete example as can be found. Accompanying this cannon is an extensive file of historical and technical details. Gun was converted to centerfire by Rock Island Arsenal in 1905. The friction primer fitting remains on the breech, so the external appearance on the gun is much the same, but a percussion firing pin has been added inside the breech block. The firing mechanism is automatically cocked on opening the breech and released by pulling on the lanyard attached to the release loop below the breech handle. Prior to gun’s conversion it was listed as being in Manila at the end of the Spanish American War in 1902. A large framed photo of the famous Hotchkiss battery taken shortly after the battle is included. Though dated 1881 this gun was contracted as 1 of 11 guns purchased by the US Army in 1880. Accompanying this gun are 15 centerfire cartridge casings and lead projectiles and a fine reproduction adjustable sight that fits gun mount on breech. An original wood-and-brass cleaning rod is mounted in the rod brackets on the side of the carriage, and an original corrugated steel 22-round ammunition shipping drum is also included. This fine Hotchkiss rifle has large file of research and provenance. PROVENANCE: Reilly Gunter Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall. Surfaces all appear orig except carriage was repainted long ago. Markings crisp and clear, excellent crisp rifled bore, and fully functional. 4-54096 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2053

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2054

EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PACK SADDLES & ACCESSORIES FOR HOTCHKISS MOUNTAIN RIFLE.

As stated in last description of the fine Hotchkiss Mountain rifle being offered, gun & carriage were carried by two horses or mules and a third animal carried ammunition. Each animal carried a special designed saddle: saddle one carried wheels & bbl; the second animal carried the carriage; the third animal carried four ammunition boxes, each containing 18 rounds of ammunition. This grouping has all three distinctive saddles with mountings & cinches. There is also a splinter bar and pole-yoke, and a special separate small saddle bag that holds six rounds of fixed ammunition that can be quickly taken without going into ammunition boxes and worn by first horse with barrel. There is also one orig ammunition box. Much of this leather has “Rock Island Arsenal” markings. There is a large canvas bag which holds cinches & harnesses. The two large cinches are distinct & each stenciled as to which saddle they go with. If you have the Mountain rifle, all you need now are three pack animals and ammo, and you are ready for the field that is too rough for wheeled vehicles. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall, though leather is mostly dry & there are a few broken or cracked straps, but all in all, this horse hardware is fine considering it is well over 100 years old. The orig wooden ammo chest has a replaced sliding end & there is also a reproduction ammo chest. 4-54096-1 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2054

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2055

US NAVY 500-POUND BREECH LOADING CANNON SN 19 ON ORIGINAL CARRIAGE.

SN 19. This beautiful 3” rifle of the 500-pound class is a very rare survivor with few specimens known. This example is well marked “3”/RIFLE/500LBS/NO.19/anchor proof” on top of tube between trunnions. Breech is marked “ORD.DEP.U.S.N.Y. WASHINGTON”. Brass elevation screw on carriage is U.S.N.Y.W. inspected and dated 1883. Right brass hub is also Washington Navy Yard inspector marked and dated 1890. This is a great example of an early breech loading Navy gun that replaced the classic Dahlgren Boat Howitzers which could not provide the fire power of these powerful breech-loading bag guns. This gun is fully functional and breech functions well. This gun retains two restored ammunition boxes, though brass hardware appears orig as hinges are also Navy marked and dated. Rifling is crisp and discernible and this gun is ready for action. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Trunnions are pitted & markings there are weak & not discernible though other markings are excellent as can be seen in photos. Cannon appears orig & complete with only the brass hand grip to breech being accurately recast. Carriage is sound & solid as are the restored ammunition crates. Brass on gun & carriage all polished bright with patina. Carriage components have numerous small proofs & assembly letters and carriage is overall very good to fine and quite solid & functional. 4-54238 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2055

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2056

1893 KRUPP BREECHLOADING MOUNTAIN GUN SN 9.

65mm Krupp Mountain Howitzer made in 1893 and is so marked on the breech. It is also marked by a brass plate on the left side of the carriage “FRIED. KRUPP/ESSEN A/R. NO 9″ indicating this is SN 9. This is also indicated on the breech. This is the only survivor of this particular type of Krupp cannon that we’re aware of. Accessories include prolong handle, vent pick and loading rammer. The removable, two-section percussion firing lock will accept blank starter pistol cartridges which ignite the powder charge very reliably. Tube is 41″ long, trunnions 10″ wide, and the width hub to hub is 36″. Overall length is 70”. Height with wheels is 33-1/2″, and carriage only is 13″ high. Carriage is green enamel painted steel with leather retention straps and buckles intact and serviceable. Axle housing is steel, wheels are wood with brass hubs and steel tires. Breech mechanism is well greased and moves freely. This weapon appears fully serviceable. These guns were made to be “portable” to mountainous terrain by being able to be readily disassembled, packed onto mules or horses as components, and then reassembled at whatever position they were to be employed. As such, these are perfect for the modern collector who desires a quality made piece which is also easily “rolled” by one man. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Tube retains over 90% of black enamel finish. Wooden wheels and carriage are repainted green with over 90% coverage. Axle is black enamel. Brass hubs are fairly bright with steel retention bolts. Bore has strong rifling. 4-54233 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2056

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2057

1893 AUSTRIAN 2-3/4″ BRONZE BREECH-LOADER, 7 CM SN 332.

SN 332. Tube is 39″ long, 9-1/2″ trunnion width, 64″ overall. Overall width is 39″, overall height is 38″. Carriage only height is 12″, length is 56″. Manufactured by Skoda. The 7cm Breechloading Mountain Rifle M75 was the baby of a famous family of Skoda artillery pieces, the 9cm and 8cm Field Cannons, also known as M75, and the 7cm mountain gun. The mountain gun was made of “Steel Bronze” which was a very strong type of phosphor bronze nearly as strong as steel. These weapons were very popular on the export market during the late 19th C. and were used in many countries including Poland, Thailand, Japan, etc. This particular gun was part of the Austrian army as is noted by 1/2″ “A” surcharge on top of bbl about 4″ forward of vent. The breech mechanism was a horizontal sliding wedge with some unique gas-sealing features. This gun fired explosive shell or canister rounds, the propellant being contained in a powder bag, which saved weight compared to a gun using metallic cartridge cases. The Skoda Company: The noble Waldstein family founded the company in 1859 in Plzeň); Emil Škoda bought it in 1869. It soon became Austria-Hungary’s leading arms manufacturer producing heavy guns for the navy, mountain guns or mortars along with the Škoda M1909 machine gun as one of its noted products. Besides producing arms for the Austro-Hungarian military, Škoda also manufactured locomotives, aircraft, ships, machine tools, steam turbines and equipment for power utilities and still does so. Reference: “Artyeria Austro-Wegierska w Latach 1860-1890” Warsaw, 2008. SN marked 332 on right trunnion and on right side of sliding breech housing. Rear of breech marked “7cm 1893 NR 332 90KS”. Carriage is black painted enamel riveted steel. Wheels are orig wood with steel tires, and bronze hubs with a steel axle housing. Elevation gear turns. The breech mechanism works perfectly with an improvised operating handle, now missing as it broke when last fired. The 2.75-inch bore diameter is ideal for shooting plaster-filled soda cans. The vent is slightly enlarged from firing but is still serviceable. Vent hole on top of breech open with ring of green discoloration. Green discoloration also at muzzle. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is fine with the bronze a pleasing golden patina, with same green copper sulfate at muzzle and primer hole as noted. Wooden wheels are fine and serviceable with about 70% old finish remaining with scattered gouges and chips. Bronze hubs retain same patina as tube. Metal of carriage retains over 90% of black enamel finish. Bore has strong rifling. This is a great portable cannon which would be fun to shoot and easy to maintain. 4-54239 (20,000-40,000) – Lot 2057

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2058

ENGLISH 6-POUNDER SHIP’S GUNADE CIRCA 1820.

SN NSN. This is a fine example of a cannon commonly found on early 19th century merchant ships where insurance requirements required a gun for protection from pirates or other threats. The US Navy also had a number of 6-pounder gunades nearly identical to this one. Captain Thomas AP Catesby Jones, in his 1833 report included in the Congressional “Rep No. 141” entitled “National Foundry” describes six of them he inspected at Gosport Navy Yard, VA, in 1833: “From 1 to 6 inclusive, are 6 pound gunades; all have breech rings, have trunnions below the centre”. On the same page (pp. 183) Jones writes regarding the English-made iron gunades “…will answer as boat guns” Therefore we would expect that such gunades would have been used as boat guns (cannons mounted in the bow of a ship’s launch) during the Mexican War- only about a decade after Jones’ report was published. This particular gun is in beautiful condition, well marked, and displays well on a stepped Naval carriage. PROVENANCE: Richard Spicer Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon & carriage measure about 51″ l x 28″ h overall; tube is 38″ with a 33″ bbl length; swaged muzzle tapers to about a 4″ bore. Markings on top of bbl near breech are crisp & clear “B.P.& Co.” (Bailey & Pegg), a well known English cannon maker, Bailey, Pegg & Co. were founders in London between 1812-1966 initially at the Gunwharf, Wapping, and later at 81 Bankside, SE1. Weight is also marked above breech “4.0.23” which translates to 471 lbs. Cannon has iron patina, with pitting, bore is pitted & flaking. Carriage, including removable quoin, is sound & solid with iron & steel hardware. Wheels are poor with varying degrees of loss & rot but easily restored. 4-54167 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2058

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2059

ENGLISH 4-POUNDER BRONZE CANNON MADE BY J & E HALL, DARTFORD, CIRCA 1800.

This beautiful English cannon has fine lines and banding, typical of the 18th century. Cannon is marked on base ring “J & E HALL, DARTFORD”. This cannon was manufactured with a raised vent area to accept a flint ignition gunlock with two holes that would correspond to mounting brackets. Often English guns made in this era for gunlock ignition were for naval use as the early use of linstock had a noticeable delay between application and gun firing, and when a ship was rolling, this made accuracy quite difficult. The use of gunlock caused quick ignition and also the gunlock which was operated by a lanyard would place the gunner at a safe distance from recoil. Gunlocks were designed for the military and only for about a 50 year period with the advent of the friction primer, making these obsolete. This cannon has seen some use as can be seen through old wear to surfaces and to bore, but no history is known other than it was purchased in West Point, New York. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon measure approx 52″ overall with 45″ bbl measuring 3.25″, trunnions approx. 10-1/2″. Maker’s mark in raised relief on 1st reinforce is only partially discernible as can be seen in photos. Tube has a overall chocolate colored patina with typical small blemishes after 200 years. Bore is clear showing use, vent is well used and wallowed out. Adjustable, sliding vertical rear sight is still present and could be made to operate, but moves slightly and is tightly fit as blade is iron and is rusted. Mounting stand is very good and sound. 4-54104 (10,000-12,000) – Lot 2059

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2060

UNIQUE “J & W TOLLEY” PENTAGONAL-BORE STEEL RIFLED CANNON.

SN NSN. This is a most unusual piece. Its closest relative may be the US Ellsworth which however was a breech loader with a bore of about 1-1/2″. It saw limited use in the Civil War and was personally pursued by Abraham Lincoln, about 20 were purchased. This piece may be the British equivalent and Tolley was a well known sporting maker of large bore rifles and shotguns. Bbl is marked “J&W TOLLEY ST. MARY’S SQUARE BIRMINGHAM”. This gun has a most unusual “Whitworth-like” pentagonal bore and was most likely made about the time of the Civil War. Our consignor states in his notes, “This unique cannon barrel was made by the Tolley firm of gunsmiths in Birmingham, England. It bears no date, but appears to be of 1860’s design. It is classified as a rifled muzzle-loader. The rifling is the same type used by the famous Whitworth cannon, which involves flat-sided rifling. But the Whitworth guns had hexagonal bores; this piece is pentagonal in cross section, and has a very small bore for a cannon of that period (though Whitworth made 1″ cannon). The barrel is a wrought iron or steel tube, closed at the breech by a forged, separate plug, the rear of which tapers to form the knob. This knob is drilled horizontally to receive an elevating device. The cannon has a large 2-1/4″ x 7/8″ x 1-1/2″ rear sight with two leaves, obviously one for a short range and one for long. There is a blade-type front sight of similar height and width. The trunnions are attached to a forged band, which is shrunk onto the tube. The piece may be unique, because both the Tower of London and the Rotunda Museum at Woolwich have informed me that they have seen nothing like it before, even though it is obviously real and was made in their country”. This unique gun is listed in Olmstead et al, FIELD ARTILLERY WEAPONS OF THE CIVIL WAR. PROVENANCE: W.K. Neale, Guernsey Island; Hampton P. Howell, Jr.; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon measures just over 32″ overall. Trunnion to trunnion distances about 5-1/4″. Bbl length about 28-1/2″, bore diameter about 1.1″ (28mm) Very good overall, iron patina and pitting under black paint. Markings are discernible but weak. Bore is well defined. Sights are orig and functioning, though smaller blade of rear sight has right ear missing and small chip in front blade. Pentagonal bore is well defined with pitting, is clear as is vent. 4-54181 (10,000-20,000) – Lot 2060

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2061

FINE BRITISH WAR OF 1812 ERA BRONZE 3-LB MOUNTAIN GUN.

This beautifully patinaed cannon measures 39″ overall with a 28″ bbl length and a bore of 2-3/4″. Cannon was made at the Royal Brass Foundry and dated 1808. A large cypher of King George III appears on 1st reinforce and the monogram of John Pitt, II Earl of Chatham, Master General of Ordnance is on the chase. John Pitt was the older brother to William Pitt the Younger who became Prime Minister under King George III during the Revolutionary War and his father William Pitt the 1st was well known before the Revolution and was also Prime Minister under King George II. Bbl is also proofed for British Military acceptance with broad arrow. Weight is marked in quarter weights on breech below cascabel “2.0.26” which translates to 250 lbs. This beautiful tube, which was obsolete in the 1890’s, was one of a pair given as a diplomatic gift to the Kenyan Government, mounted on later all steel screw-gun carriages and specially fitted trunnion caps were placed on this gun to fit. These trunnion caps could be removed if desired. This cannon has not been researched through the registers at the Tower of London, however, the proof registers do exist from 1779-1830 and based on the weight and registry no. “LVIII” cut into reinforce could provide gun’s proofing history. PROVENANCE: Joel Morrow; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon is fine overall with crisp, easily discerned markings as can be seen in photos. The added trunnion covers are exactly fit, are pinned in placed & do not detract from overall esthetics. Cannon is mounted on a wooden stepped carriage of later vintage which measures about 30″ x 18″. 4-54217 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2061

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2062

RARE BRITISH BRONZE COEHORN MORTAR & BED.

This particular mortar has a cypher of King George III and was made at the Royal Brass Foundry in 1819. Cannon is marked “Cornelius King” who was the Master Founder. Coehorn mortars received their name from their inventor, a Dutch military engineer, Baron Menno van Coehorn (1641-1704). He was renowned for his methods of siegecraft. His first mortars were used at the Siege of Grave in 1674. This particular example has a fine bronze patina with excellent markings. A foundry number is found on bottom “103”. Weight measures found under vent “0-3-17″ translate to 101 lbs. This mortar is listed in the the Royal Brass Foundry’s Register at the Tower of London as being proved at Woolwich July 19, 1819. These rare British military mortars are seldom offered and this is a fine example mounted on an oak bed with iron hardware. PROVENANCE: Jack Plunkett, Valley Forge, PA; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Mortar is 12-3/4″ l; cannon is 12-3/8″ w at trunnions; bore measures 4.5″; carriage and tube measure about 29″ x 22″ and 20” h. Markings are all well discerned as can be seen in photos. 4-54247 (12,000-15,000) – Lot 2062

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2063

INVENTOR’S MODEL OF BREECH LOADING CANNON PROBABLY BY HENRY F. MANN.

This well made model with an extra set of trunnions for pivot of a counter-weighted strap was the basis for Henry F. Mann’s breech loading design that was tested by the US government. His design utilized a breech retained by a large pivoting strap much like the Moffatt full sized prototype cannons, also in this sale. It is interesting that Bannerman mis-identified the Moffatt cannon in this auction as the Mann’s cannon who had the original US design. Mann was a very innovative blacksmith who invented a reaping machine that made him wealthy producing several thousand of these devices after the Civil War. This well made model is totally devoid of marks but does appear to be Mann’s design with the solid brass breech which is moved by a turn screw through rear of strap. Before firing, 2 flat iron shims with forged handles are used to brace back strap and breech for firing. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Overall 14-1/4″, 5″ wide, 6″ high and total weight of 11 lbs. Model is very good overall with iron and bronze patina. The shims have corresponding punch marks showing the position right or left where they fit between strap and breech. Bore measures about 0.6″ (15mm). Bore is clear as is vent. 4-54183 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2063

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2064

FRENCH 8-POUNDER FIELD GUN “LA SURVEILLANTE”.

SN 7. This rare French field gun made in the early years of the French Republic, 1794, was made by Lecourant Foundry in Rennes, France and so marked on breech as can be seen in photos “Fonderie N. de Rennes. E. Courant” (Etienne Courant) Praireal (from Republican calendar May21-June20) me annee—–Republicaine.” (2nd year of The Republic) . Etienne LeCourant, the master founder, is known to have worked from about 1775-1832. Surviving cannon of pre-Napoleonic 1st Republic are very scarce today and only four bronze Lecourant cannons are known to us. This cannon is named “La Surveillante” which translates in current English to “The Boss” with direct translation of “The Supervisor” or “Watchman”. Cannon displays beautifully on its custom made 2-piece steel stand. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon is 76″ overall, with 69″ bbl length, about 4-1/4 diameter, about 19″ trunnion to trunnion, SN 7 on right trunnion, left trunnion shows weight of 1150 lbs. Markings all discernible as can be seen in photographs. Surface of tube has numerous small dings, dents and other small blemishes. Dolphins are broken at base and reattached. Bore is fairly smooth with clear vent. 4-54198 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2064

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2065

RARE PAIR OF HISTORIC ISLAMIC RIFLED BRONZE CANNON.

This pair of circa 1870 cannon have the cypher of Khedive Ismail and the date in Arabic 1281, which in the Gregorian Calendar is 1874. Ismail Pasha was Khedive from 1863-1879 and was known as “Ismail the Magnificent”. During his tenure he was known for greatly modernizing Egypt and Sudan, investing heavily in economic development and expansion of the country’s borders in Africa. The cannons are extremely well made and bores measure about 85mm (3.4″). Rifling is of the “La Hitte” system for use of zinc studded shells, which an orig example is included. One gun above the Arabic cypher inscribed “ATBARA”. Atbara is a town in the Nile Valley in what is now Sudan and there was an English/Egyptian victory over Dervish Sudanese rebels in 1898. Could this pair of cannon be trophies from the Dervish War? Val Forgett, Jr. originally bought these guns and all orig cannons that were owned by Bapty & Company, London, who have provided props for movies since 1918. One of these cannon apparently appears in an opening scene of “Lawrence of Arabia” in 1962, which Bapty & Co provided firearms as props also. Guns are in beautiful condition with crisp bores, mounted on wheeled stepped carriages of a later vintage and ready to be fired. Rifled bores of this vintage are rarely better. PROVENANCE: Batpy & Company, London, Val Forgett, Jr., Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: About 46″ x 20″ overall with height of about 3′. Tubes are 38″ overall with about 32″ bbl lengths and trunnions measure about 11″ across. Trunnions are each marked in Arabic numbers, weights and SNs. Markings are light but mostly discernible on bbl breech as can be seen in photos. Trunnion markings are clear. 4-54089 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2065

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2066

ENGLISH CIRCA 1840 IRON SWIVEL GUN.

This is a typical maritime swivel gun required by insurance regulations of the period to fend off pirates or other threats. Gun has “PROVED” cast in tube 2nd reinforce. Muzzle has unusual flared ring and loop at cascabel. This early Victorian Era “insurance gun” has fine aesthetics. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: 37″ X 10″ overall x 19″ h. Cannon is 26″ overall with 21″ bbl length. Trunnion to trunnion is about 9″. Bore is about 2″. Good to very good overall with iron patina & pitting. Carriage is sound & solid of a later period for display. 4-54112 (1,000-3,000) – Lot 2066

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2067

RARE 1831 DATED BRITISH MILITARY BRONZE 12-POUND FIELD HOWITZER.

This tube was made by the Royal Brass Foundry in 1831 and marked “W. North 1831” on base ring. William North was foreman of the Royal Brass Foundry from 1813 to 1839. There is a Roman Numeral “CVI” cut on top of central band and weight markings in quarter weights cut below cascabel “6-1-4”, which translate to 704 pounds. On bottom of cannon between trunnions are foundry marks “Z26 106”. The cypher of King William IV is found on 1st reinforce along with the broad arrow proof and the monogram of Sir James Kempt, Master General of the Ordnance. British military cannon are quite scarce from this era and cannon made in the reign of William IV are really scarce, as he was only King for about seven years. This particular cannon is listed in the proof registers of the Armories at the Tower of London. This particular tube was proved at Woolwich on February 16, 1831 and of 13 cannon inspected that day, this was one of only six to be graded “TRUE GAUGE”. The other tubes were all under gauge. PROVENANCE: Jack Malloy Collection, Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon & carriage measure about 56″ l x 36″ w x 40″ h; cannon measures about 50″ with bbl length of 44″; bore measures about 4.6″. Tube overall in fine condition with bronze patina, fine discernible markings. 3/4″ x 2″ raised integral vent plate has two holes for gunlock. Bore fairly smooth, vent is clear. Carriage of Naval style and later addition is sound & solid, including wrought iron mounts & wooden wheels. Wooden wheels bound with metal treads. 4-54091 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2067

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2068

BRONZE 1-POUNDER GUNNADE, CIRCA 1830.

SN NSN. This small Naval swivel gun made in the style of carronades with tapered-in muzzles and loops on cascabel, and made with trunnions set below center line of cannon instead of a bottom loop were popularly known as “gunnades”. Gunnades & carronades were efficient in ship to ship fighting, typically as antipersonnel devices as these short stocky powerful guns could cause much damage with case & canister and required less deck space. This gun was orig cast with about 2″ raised crown device on first reinforce. This gun was also made slotted for a gun lock which is most often seen on military cannon. This is a beautiful bronze gun with the rarely seen mortise for a flint gunlock ignition system. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Gun & carriage are 36″ overall x 9″ w x 22″ h overall; gun is 25-1/2″ with 21″ bbl length & 2.25″ bore. Gun is very good overall with bronze & green patinas. Crown cast on first reinforce is only barely seen and some attempt may have been made to remove it. Accompanying stepped Naval style carriage of later period is solid, painted black. 4-54205 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2068

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2069

FINE COMPLETE BRITISH IRON SWIVEL GUN.

Rarely do early 19th century iron cannon survive in such beautiful condition. This 30″ swivel gun is the exception. Not only is the surface smooth, it retains original cast yoke with integral rest and original tiller. Makers mark is easily read along with raised crown on first reinforce. Cannon has beautiful lines and tapered, banded muzzle. Rarely do such guns occur as fine and totally complete with yoke & tiller. PROVENANCE: Daniel LaRive, Canada; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon is about 30″ overall including short, knobbed tiller. Bbl length is 22-1/2″, trunnion to trunnion distance is 9″, and is 15″ tall including yoke. Surface has iron patina with pitting, bore measures 1-3/4″. 4-54220 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2069

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2070

PAIR OF UNIQUE EARLY 19th CENTURY IRON “FOG WARNING” CANNONS FOR LIGHTHOUSE.

This interesting pair of cannons which are noted in early lighthouse regulations, circa 1810, mention the use of small cannon for signaling danger. Pneumatic horns fill that need today. These cannon are made for noise making as there is no way to elevate them as there are no trunnions or mounting loops. It is thought a series of these small fog warning cannons would have been set up in a row in a lighthouse and shot every minute. These cannons are also of unique design with thick breeches, flared muzzle and tapered body without true cascabel and only a rounded hump in its place. No other examples have surfaced that we are aware of. PROVENANCE: The Horse Soldier Shop; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: 16″ overall; 13-1/2″ bbl lengths; 2″ bores, thick about 6-1/2″ breeches. Good to very good overall. Painted black with iron patina and pitting. Custom wood mounting are very good, painted off-white. 4-54141 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2070

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2071

RARE VERBRUGGEN SWIVEL GUN.

SN NSN. This rare 1/2 Pounder made between 1746-1755 by Dutch master gunfounder Jan Verbruggen at Enkhuizen is one of only 3 surviving swivel guns known to have been made by him. This particular gun weighs 161 lbs, including yoke, and measures about 39″ from muzzle to end of round cascabel. Cannon is mounted on an iron yoke and has rarely seen orig iron “tiller” attached to cascabel, which was used to aim and maneuver tube. The iron swivel yoke and “tiller” are well forged and typical of the period. This cannon shot a 1-3/4″ smooth projectile and was probably used on a ship or rampart. There are four raised bands between the flared muzzle and the flared breech as can be seen in pictures, very similar to 6- & 9-pounders of the era that were for field use. This cannon bears the maker’s markings “I.V.B.” faintly marked on the breech ring; also a 3/4″ proof mark of Enkhuizen that is indiscernible along with a 6″ stippled shield that has the number 131 above it. Verbruggen is best known for his work in the foundry at Woolwich, England where he cast guns for the British during the American Revolution. This cannon came out of the New York area. PROVENANCE: Mark McConnell. Craig Bell. Warrenton VA Museum. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Tube overall is well patinated with verdigris & some erosion. Vent hole is a bit wallowed out. Iron hardware is sound with patina, and overall brown with pitting & rust. Markings are only partially discernible as can be seen in pictures. 4-54108 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2071

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2072

UNIQUE EXPERIMENTAL “A. F. POTTER” NEEDLE FIRE CANNON.

Unfortunately, this 2 stage cannon is missing its breech mechanism which according to the 1870 annual report of the US War Department, was quite an ingenious device. This particular gun is described in this report as a 1-pounder for testing by the army on the East Coast while a 4-pounder is being tested on the West Coast. The breech of the needle fire device was cranked into grooves, which are cut internally and can be seen in photos. The removable breech was supposed to allow for more rapid fire and that the breech components could be removed of fouling elements that would normally be in the bore. Of the two experimental cannons made by Potter, this is thought to be the only example surviving. PROVENANCE: Val Forgett, Jr., Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Bbl measures 26″ overall, 12″ trunnion to trunnion with about 2″ bore, 6-1/2″ breech. Very good to fine overall with black paint over an earlier yellow painted surface with iron patina. 4-54164 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 2072

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2073

TRIO OF CHINESE-FILIPINO BRONZE LANTAKAS.

SN NSN. Lantakas collectively take their name from Lake Lanao, the traditional stronghold of the Moro Sultans of Mindanao. All cannon made became the property of the Sultans, who doled them out to their followers. Orig lantakas come in many sizes the largest used for fortifications around Lake Lanao which were built to withstand assaults. Others were mounted on Moro sailing vessels with which the Moros raided Spanish shipping and settlements. It was during the period from 1550-1850 that the Moros built their fierce reputation. These Mindanao Raiders were the pirates of the Pacific Rim. The smallest lantakas, often only 4″ or 5″, were used like pistols without grips or stocks. There is no written record on the accuracy of these guns but they were made for close to 300 years so they must have worked. Lantaka cannon were originally made in at least two foundries in the Philippines. When the Spanish conquered the Philippines in the mid 16th century and brought Christianity, Muslim holdouts “Moors” or “Moros”, which natives of Mindanao are still known as today, maintained a foundry on Mindanao which has remained active under the same Chinese-Filipino family for over 300 years. The Moros were not innovators and designs never really changed. The Moros never used wheeled carriages and the lantakas would fit nicely into a forked stick or forked irons for support. Often large lantakas are mounted on swivel yokes. These small cannon simply cast with unrefined bores were not made to shoot specialized projectiles but typically any bits and pieces that could be used as projectiles such as rocks, gravel and bits of small metal or glass objects that were found. Many lantakas were taken home as souvenirs by American military during the occupation of The Philippines in 1899 after the Spanish-American War. American patrols in the southern islands would often be sprayed with gravel or a rock ball coming from a Moro shooting a lantaka and then fading back into the jungle. It took U.S. Captain John J. Pershing 10 years to quell the Moro insurgency in the Philippines. President Teddy Roosevelt promoted him directly from Captain to General for his pacification of Mindanao in 1911. With peace, the lantaka became a ceremonial object, and ownership of many fancy lantakas showed one’s wealth in Mindanao. The three lantakas offered here are among the most unusual of this genre you will ever encounter. 1) “Blunderbuss” lantaka is quite possibly not of Philippine manufacture but possibly from Japan as evidenced by the chrysanthemum decoration and finer workmanship. This gun measures 34″ overall with a 27″ bbl length, the bore being much better finished than most lantakas encountered. The bbl has a bore of about 1/2″ flaring to 2″ at muzzle, retains its orig bronze yoke and is bound with bamboo strapping over a long wood slat. The hollow 5″ tiller, like the rest of the gun, is much finer cast and finished. You will not find a better surface on a lantaka, and if you did not see the tiller you would believe it was of 18th century European origin. There is an old pasted collection number on bottom of mountings on this cannon. The “blunderbuss” design has not been seen on any other lantaka this consignor or cataloger has seen. 2) Elaborate 4′ long with orig cast bronze yoke lantaka with two dolphin lifting handles. As seen in photos, this cannon is decorated with numerous raised and incised arabesque diamond shaped panels. Bbl length measures about 42″, and bore unlike most lantakas is quite smooth, probably noting earlier manufacture. 3) Unique breechloading lantaka measures 37″ overall with about 26″ bbl length. This possibly unique example is very well made and designed in the 16th/17th century Chinese or Korean design of removable locking breech mechanism, which is missing, but was typically just a handled iron block with a protruding projection to lock breech for firing. What a collection of three of the most unusual lantaka style cannons you will ever see. One which is possibly Japanese, the second which is classic Mindanaoan, and the third which is influenced with Chinese design which was adopted by Korea also. LITERATURE: Most of the historical information listed here is taken from an article by Richard L. Baron, “Moro Mini-Cannon”. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: All very good to fine with bronze patinas, as can be seen in photos. 4-54130 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2073

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2074

19TH CENTURY MUZZLE LOADING ARMSTRONG TYPE SWIVEL GUN.

This small swivel gun with Armstrong style 5-step tapered design has about a 1-1/2″ bore, is 26″ overall with a 20″ bbl length and 9″ trunnion to trunnion distance. Cascabel has round slot for elevation device. This well made small cannon weighs 78lbs and is displayed on naval style carriage. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Gun is very good overall with black paint and pitting. Bore and vent are clear. Accompanying carriage for display needs trunnion slots cut deeper, gun and carriage weigh about 120lbs and measures about 3′ long, 11″ wide, 19″ high. 4-54197 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2074

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2075

FRENCH & INDIAN WAR ERA ENGLISH BRONZE 1/2-POUNDER SWIVEL CANNON.

SN NSN. This beautiful English bronze cannon was made around 1760 at the Royal Brass Foundry in Woolwich, England, With fine patina, mounted on a polished wood display stand. This rare cannon was orig in the Frank Bivens Collection as cataloged by Theodore Dexter in 1947. This cannon has chiseled weight markings “0-3-10”. A very similar cannon with weight of “0-3-18” identified in the Tower of London Collection number 49. Tower of London gun has raised seal of Board of Ordnance and is numbered “1”. Our example is marked “No. 6″ on right trunnion and does not have ordnance seal, however otherwise very similar model. Bbl measures 33″ overall with a bore diameter of 1-9/16”. This cannon, like the identified cannon in the Tower of London Collection, has the same small vent pan shaped like a scallop shell with same prominent moldings. Tower of London records unfortunately do not go back this far for records of proofing. This is a beautiful British gun that was made prior to American independence. PROVENANCE: Frank E. Bivins, Jr. Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Exhibiting a smooth green/blue almost turquoise colored patina, with some areas a chocolate brown. Wooden base is well fitted to display this cannon. Sound and solid. 4-54202 (20,000-25,000) – Lot 2075

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2076

BLUNDERBUSS SWIVEL GUN ON ORIGINAL POST MOUNT.

This unusual little gun has bbl measuring 21″ overall with about a 3/4″ bore flaring to 2″. It retains its original cast iron yoke and its 7″ square post mount. This is the only surviving example known to us, of this type of swivel gun complete with original ship’s post mounting. PROVENANCE: Mark McConnell; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good overall with iron patina, black paint & pitting. Bore is clear, though rusted & pitted. The integral rest cast on yoke is broken with only a few inches of this extension remaining. 4-54223 (2,000-4,000) – Lot 2076

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2077

RARE PAIR OF LARGE BRONZE PETER SEEST DUTCH SWIVEL CANNON DATED 1755.

SN NSN. Peter Seest was a well known founder in Amsterdam but few of his marked cannon survived though we are offering three fine examples in this auction. This pair of cannon are numbered “1” & “2” on either trunnion. Left trunnion on SN 1 also has the Seal of Amsterdam. Base rings are both marked “PETER SEEST” and SN 1 is marked “ANNO 1755”. Our consignor describes these guns in his collection catalog, “Their design is similar to larger cannon of the mid 18th century. Muzzles are flared. The naturalistic dolphins have many small scales, and are different from the earlier Dutch dolphins. The trunnions have rim bases. Vents are in diamond-shaped fields. The cascabels are undecorated and relatively flat, as opposed to the earlier ball profile. The “flat” cascabels clearly identify the pair as swivel guns, because the design was thus readily-adapted to the addition of wrought-iron “tillers” which allowed guns to be pointed easily and quickly by the gunner with one hand while his other hand held the linstock used to ignite the gun’s powder charge. There is no floral decoration on these pieces at all. The cannon are mounted on finely crafted walnut Naval type carriages manufactured earlier in the last century. PROVENANCE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Very even, dark-green patina, carriages are sound & solid, later additions for display. Tubes measure just over 29″ with 26″ bbl lengths, about 6-1/2″ trunnion to trunnion, about 17″ h on carriage, carriage about 14″ w. 4-54201 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2077

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2078

BRITISH 24-POUNDER CARRONADE, CIRCA 1800.

There is an identical example on display in the City Museum of Alexandria, VA that was found in the Potomac River with War of 1812 history. Our example was found in Sandwich, MA, no doubt left by an unknown British ship. Carronades are differentiated from other cannon by the use of a cast loop for carriage attachment as opposed to trunnions. This design originally produced in Carron, Scotland about 1775 allowed for more maneuverability with limited deck space on ships. Few military carronades ever come to market. This example still retains the British broad arrow proof on top of bbl and is a rare survivor of the War of 1812 era. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon measures 55″ overall; breech is about 13″ dia & bbl length is about 40″. Gun is good overall. Black painted with pitting and iron patina, broad arrow proof is barely discernible near center of top of bbl. Bore is rusted and flaking. 4-54187 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2078

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2079

FINE PAIR OF 1761 DATED DUTCH CANNON BY PIETER SEEST ON ORIGINAL CARRIAGES.

SN NSN. This is a beautiful pair of small Dutch cannon mounted on split trail carriages which appear contemporary to manufacture. Dutch Family cannons from this era are well known, but this pair could possibly be sales samples from the offices of the Dutch East India Company. This idea is based on the fact that Pieter Seest made many cannons for this company that bear their markings and the “OH’ monogram on the breech possibly stands for “Ostindische Huis” which, from Dutch, translates to “East India House” which was the name of the building in Amsterdam headquartering Dutch East India Company. Regardless of origin, this is a beautiful pair of 18th century cannon on very old carriages. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Bbls have bronze patina and crisp fine markings as seen in photographs. Carriages are sound and solid and fit tubes fairly well. Quality of bronze cast ornamentation appears of similar quality and vintage with a darker patination. Wood carriage and wheels are not of great quality in comparison to casting on bronze, but are sound & functional. Carriages are totally brass mounted, even the bolts and treads on wheels are cast bronze instead of iron. There are several cracks in cheek pieces, which each is made in several sections. Trunnion caps which are also bronze and intact other than one missing and one trunnion clasp. These are not an exact pair with slightly different muzzles, cascabels and banding, however both cannon are about 20″ long and weigh about 20 lbs. Though maker marks are cut almost identically, one has the city emblem for Amsterdam as seen in photos and the other does not. These carriages are difficult to date and could be a later addition, but no doubt they are quite old and the correct form for the period with good patina. 4-54084 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2079

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2080

BELGIAN SEACOAST GUN.

SN NSN. This gun was originally found on the site of a French seacoast fortification and weighs close to 3 tons, has a 6.25″ bore which translates to about a 30-pounder. This cannon would made a great display in front of someone’s home that you don’t have to worry about thieves grabbing it and sticking it in the back of a pickup truck. This cannon was made most likely at the State Ordnance Works at Liege in the mid 19th century. This ordnance works was established by Napoleon for manufacture of his large siege guns but continued to operate well into the founding of the independent country of Belgium. These type cannon were found at French forts for harbor defense. *SPECIAL NOTE* This cannon is not at our facilities. It currently resides on the front lawn of John Morris’ home in Springfield, VA, 703-309-0228. It is illustrated and described here and can only be viewed at the above address. If you wish to view it, please call John Morris to set up a mutually convenient appointment to examine. Mr. Morris also has an extraordinary depth of knowledge of cannons in general and in addition to viewing the cannon in person, it will provide you an opportunity to speak with him and access any information that may be helpful to you regarding the cannon. This cannon will stay on Mr. Morris’ lawn until such time the winning bidder has paid for his purchase and made arrangements for the pickup of the cannon. Mr. Morris is experienced in moving heavy cannons and will advise and assist buyer or buyer’s carrier in loading them on vehicles for highway transportation. To repeat, this cannon cannot be previewed at the auction site. PROVENANCE: Mark McConnell. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Pitted overall but with good discernible classic lines of continental siege guns. 4-54191 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2080

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2081

FINE 1764 DATED PETER SEEST MADE DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY BRONZE SWIVEL GUN.

SN NSN. This is a fine cannon made for the world’s first multi-national corporation. The Dutch East India Company who were headquartered in Amsterdam eclipsed all their rivals in the lucrative trade between Asia and the West. Between 1602 and 1796 almost a million Europeans had worked with this company with almost 5,000 ships and over 2-1/2 million tons of goods imported. The British East India Company by comparison imported a mere 20% of the tonnage even though they had 2,700 ships. The Dutch East India Company even had its own territories known as the Dutch East Indies which would eventually become, in the 20th century, the Republic of Indonesia. At its peak there were many cannon aboard their vessels and cannon that they would use for trade though they are quite scarce today and this is a wonderful example with great markings and patina. Pieter Seest was the preeminent Dutch cannon founder of mid to late 18th century. The Dutch East India Company’s logo which is large “A” surmounting “VOC” logo (Amsterdam, Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie). He made many guns for the Dutch East India Company, though fine survivors like this are rare. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Bbl length is 26”, 32” overall with cascabel with a 1.8” bore. Trunnion to trunnion about 8”. Very good to fine overall with mostly chocolate brown patina, and with numerous small dings & dents that do not affect aesthetics, typical after 250 years. Markings are mostly fairly crisp & easily discerned. Vent has a cast raised circular border & punched circle decoration. Trunnions are skewed very slightly forward. Bore is fairly smooth & clear, as is vent. 4-54203 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2081

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2082

PAIR OF MID 19th CENTURY AFGHAN 4-POUNDER STEEL MOUNTAIN RIFLES.

This rare pair of well marked British style mountain rifles have Afghani crests and makers marks on top of bbls forward of vents. The presentation in the large shield engraved on bbl translates from Pashto “Presenting Kahn Laeis Abdur Rahman” Laeis is a title similar to emir or excellency. Abdur Rahaman Kahn (1840-1901) ruled Afghanistan from May 31, 1880 til his death. He was a pivotal leader following the second Anglo-Afghan war where these cannon were most likely used. Kahn negotiated with Russia, England and India to minimize their influence in Afghanistan, instituted programs of modernization and uniting or at least suppressing the many tribes. However, he was brutal in his dealings with internal opposition, as well as a forceful proponent of Islam against the non-Islamic peoples of the country and was known as “The Iron Emir”. These rifled cast-steel cannon appear as well made as their British counterparts. The crescent shape marking on the presentation shield on bbl translate “Kabul Engraving and Machinery House”. This company may not have been the manufacturers of the cannon but just the engravers of the presentation. Abdur Rahman was a military leader and governor in the 1860’s of the northern province when political turmoil caused his exile to Russian Turkestan in 1869. He remained in exile until 1880, when he was recognized by the Russians and the British as new emir. Kahn was adept at keeping the British and Russians appeased and not on his soil. These guns employed the French-originated “La Hitte” system of rifling in which the iron shells had projecting zinc studs which rode in the spiral grooves of the barrel to give the projectiles the required spinning motion. These wonderful survivors were rescued by a former American Special Forces Officer who purchased them in Kabul during the early phases of our recent war on terror in Afghanistan. A cast-zinc reproduction projectile is included. This impressive pair of cannons would look great in the foyer of your home or on the ramparts of your castle. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Tubes measure about 44″ overall and 11″ wide at trunnions. Bores measure about 2-1/4″, markings are discernible as can be seen in photographs. Surfaces are pitted though overall smooth where cleaned & painted as can be seen in photographs. Bores have discernible rifling though pitted. Vents & bores are clear. 4-54206 (7,000-8,000) – Lot 2082

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2083

RARE MASSIVE JAN VERBRUGGEN 18th CENTURY 15″ BRONZE STONE MORTAR.

This massive 35″ h x 15″ dia bore mortar was salvaged from a Dutch East India cargo ship off the west coast of Africa. Jan Verbruggen was the patriarch of the Verbruggen family of bronze founders of Holland. Guns by Peter Verbruggen are rare and guns by his father are even rarer. This massive bronze mortar was used to shoot specially constructed baskets of small projectiles. Often, these were smaller exploding shells or grenades. The first use of such mortars in siege operations utilized baskets of stones – sent over city walls, thus the name “STONE MORTAR” as these large guns were known. As tactics changed, “STONE MORTARS” became obsolete by the mid 18th century and most have been smelted over the centuries. This is an excellent survivor with good patina that would be difficult to duplicate by a rarely seen founder. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Bronze patina with pitting. Lifting handle in form of stylized dolphins is smooth & lacks anatomical detail. 4-54222 (12,000-16,000) – Lot 2083

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2084

FINE AND RARE PAIR OF SCOTTISH BRONZE 6-POUNDER CANNON.

This beautiful pair of small 6-pounders are purported to have come from a castle in Ireland. The makers mark “FEATHERSTON & STOB’Y ELDER” is found on one trunnion and is thought to be a Scottish foundry of the mid-19th century. Stob’y most likely is abbreviated for D.S. Stoberry who was known to have been a cannon maker circa 1800. This is the only example known by “FEATHERSTON & STOB’Y, ELDER”. Regardless of maker this is a beautiful pair of 19th century matching 6-pound cannon in fine condition. PROVENANCE: Unknown castle in Ireland; Green Family of Naples, Florida; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon measure 38″ overall with 32″ bbl length & are about 12-1/2″ trunnion to trunnion. The only markings found is a makers mark on one trunnion of the pair & a chip in that trunnion, partially obscuring the last two letters in “ELDER” which it appears to read. Carriages have some age but are for display only. Patina to bronze is mostly green mixed with chocolate colors turning darker on bottoms. Vents are clear & bores smooth. 4-54235 (12,000-18,000) – Lot 2084

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2085

1784 DATED SPANISH 10″ SIEGE MORTAR FROM MORRO CASTLE, HAVANA.

This cannon was Spanish regulation after 1756 as a result of the reforms as a result of Gribeauval designs. French Cannon started major reform in 1756 with guidance by Gen. John Baptists Vaquette de Gribeauval. Gribeauval’s contribution came from his study of the Prussian system where all cannon were to be mounted on a carriage of a new design with elevation screw and iron axles making the French a more modern artillery and superior. This fact was seen quickly by the Spanish who introduced greater quantity of bronze field cannon of the Gribeauval type including this mortar. These Spanish tubes were produced at Royal Arsenals in the new world, Barcelona, and Seville where this tube was made. Base ring is marked “No 1370 SEVILLA 12 DE AGOSTODE 1784”. Right trunnion shows the weight “P° 1260”. Left trunnion is marked “COBRES / YNGLESY / MEXICO”. This tube has a large Coat of Arms of King Carlos III (who reigned 1759-1788). Mortar is mounted on a correct, orig Spanish mortar bed cast in Havana in 1849. The heavy bronze sideplates have their own set of manufacturing markings “REFs HABa / P° 500 Ls / 1849” which are found engraved on each plate below trunnions. This mortar from the famous old Spanish fort in Havana Harbor known as “Morro Castle”, was sold with other obsolete bronze cannon in 1898 to Benjamin Lissberger of NYC. In the 1925 Francis Bannerman catalog (p. 151) describes the purchase of 500 cannon “Spain holds the record for placing the greatest obstacles in the way of bona fide bidders purchasing at Government auction sales. Just before the evacuation of Cuba in 1898, the Spanish Government by its officers in Havana, offered at Auction hundreds of tons of old Bronze Cannons. The hour at which the bid was to be opened was TWELVE O’CLOCK MIDNIGHT. Bidders were required at this unseemly hour to deposit the sum of $25,000. IN GOLD. It was an American who took the risk, and outbid the Spanish favorite, and was awarded the prize, on which he made a large profit”. This is a fabulous & historic rare bronze cannon of Colonial America. PROVENANCE: Morro Castle, Havana. Benjamin Lissberger, NYC 1898. Morris Family, NYC. Morris Mansion “Malbone”, Newport, RI. Newport Artillery Co., 1980. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection 1998. CONDITION: Bronze tube & carriage very good to fine with heavy bronze patina, markings are very good & easily discerned as seen in photos. The bed has been restored utilizing new walnut transom to replace the deteriorating original. Total weight of cannon & carriage is about 2300 lbs. 4-54236 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2085

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2086

HISTORICAL FRENCH MODEL 1786 BRONZE ONE-POUNDER CANNON INSCRIBED “EGALITE, LIBERTE” (EQUALITY & LIBERTY), CAPTURED DURING IRISH REBELLION OF 1798.

SN NSN. This wonderful bronze three stage cannon inscribed “Egalite, Liberte” within a cartouche at breech, signed and dated by maker “Ramus Au Creusot” in 1794. M. Ramus was director of the foundry named Creusot. Le Creusot (Saone-et-Loire) originally set up as “Fonderie Royal” in 1781 was an important maker of cannon, especially for the Navy, and became one of the most important industrial manufacturers by the early 19th century; their cannon are rarely found. This cannon was recovered from the French ship “HOCHE”; a 74 gun French “ship of the line” which was captured by the English squadron in the Irish sea on October 12, 1798 according to a 1981 receipt from Holland & Holland, London. The HOCHE was on its way to assist the United Irishman and Irish volunteers against the British. This vessel’s 74 large cannon were retained & reused by capturing British forces. Wolfe Tone, the leading figure in the “Society of United Irishmen” was captured on this vessel, which was the “coup de grace” for the Irish Rebellion. The British renamed this vessel HMS Donegal in honor of County Donegal where the French attempted to land to support the Irish in the 1798 Rebellion. HOCHE was the flagship of the French Fleet. HMS Donegal being totally refit had an illustrious naval career capturing both French and Spanish vessels including the capture of the AMFITRITE in November 1804 and the RAYO which had escaped Trafalgar October 1801; she served until 1845. Model “1786 Pierrier” is the official name for this popular swivel mounted cannon used world wide in the late 18th century. In 1786 the French formalized the first known ‘model’ of swivel cannon, a brass gun that followed exactly the 1767 pattern then in use for larger guns, except the little 2.0″ caliber Pierrier did away with the vent astragal. Otherwise it is just half-size duplicate of the contemporary French 6-pounder gun.” This particular gun is beautifully marked as can be seen in photos as well as having a great history. PROVENANCE: Holland & Holland 1981, Val Forgett, Jr. Collection, Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Tube is about 40″ overall, with 38″ bbl length and smooth 2″ bore. Trunnion to trunnion distance is about 9″. Cannon is very good to fine overall with rich dark, smooth green patina & discernible markings as can be seen in photos. Cannon is mounted on an old naval style step carriage with wood wheel which is sound, solid and very good overall. 4-54092 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2086

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2087

FINE AND RARE BRONZE 1786 FRENCH 1-POUNDER CANNON MADE IN THE 3RD YEAR OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC, 1795.

SN NSN. This bronze cannon is very well marked and translation reads it was made by Lecourant Foundry in Rennes on the 3rd anniversary of the French Republic which is 1795. There are also a pair of fancy initials “AN” in script on top of bbl near muzzle for “armée nationale”. This is an early cannon made during the beginning years of the French Republic, prior to Napoleon and it appears to have seen some use. Surviving examples of 1st French Republic cannon are very rare by Lecourant Foundry, indeed only a handful of bronze bells & cannon by them still exist. In provenance are found copies of official government contracts for cannon from Lecourant. Local records list one Etienne Lecourant, bell and cannon founder, to have worked 1775-1832. The carriage it is mounted on also appears quite old and possibly of same era. Model 1786 cannon were quite popular in the late 18th century. William Gilkerson in his text on naval weapons of the American Revolution through the War of 1812 Boarders Away II describes this 40″ cannon quite accurately as “In all sizes, iron guns has almost entirely replaced brass guns by the mid-1700’s in most of the Western navies, but in a limited way brass remained a favored material for small swivel guns, their expense notwithstanding”. Indeed, by the end of the century small brass guns experienced a resurgence of favor that outlasted the age of fighting sail. Refinements in alloying and casting enabled the production of stronger-than-ever brass barrels. These enjoyed not only the customary advantages of their non-ferrous material, but could be made lighter, with relatively thinner walls yet bigger bore. Most were handsome guns though not so ornate as their predecessors, having shed some of the detailing lavished on artillery during the Baroque period in imitations of the larger guns of their own day, the later brass swivels followed the tradition set by their forbearers. Some were more imaginatively designed. In 1786 the French formalized the first known ‘model’ of swivel cannon, a brass gun that followed exactly the 1767 pattern then in use for larger guns, except the smaller size and caliber. This is as fine a marked example as you will find on an original but fragile stepped naval-style carriage of the era. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon is in very good condition overall with excellent, well defined markings on breech “Lecourant a. Rennes en Ventose” as can be seen in photos. Right trunnion is marked “No. 80” and left trunnion states weight of “167” lbs. Cannon measures 39-1/2″ overall with a 2.25″ bore with 34.5″ bbl length, and measures approx 9″ trunnion to trunnion. Carriage wood is dry and cracking in areas, wrought iron hardware exhibits iron patina with pitting. Two wood wheels are missing and the third has about 1/4 missing. 4-54103 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2087

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2088

FRENCH BRONZE MODEL 1828 12-CM MOUNTAIN HOWITZER.

This French pattern cannon is what the Americans copied in 1835. This particular tube is beautifully marked with cypher on top of bbl. Foundry markings (Douai Arsenal, France) and date of manufacture 1843 on base ring. Like so many French military cannon, this cannon was given a name, in this case “LE RAPP” which is inscribed in a banner on top of bbl near muzzle. The howitzer was named after famous French General Jean Rapp (1773-1821) who distinguished himself many times during the war of 1812 in Europe. The cursive initial “T” stands for French Army Colonel Guillame Tournaire, who was the “chef d’esquadron” at Douai when the piece was cast. The beautifully engraved Royal cypher on top of the breech is “LP” for King Louis Philippe (ruled 1830-1848). Per Encyclopedia Britannica: “In 1830 Charles X’s attempt to enforce repressive ordinances touched off a rebellion (July 27–30) that gave Louis-Philippe his long-awaited opportunity to gain power. He was elected lieutenant general of the kingdom by the legislature on July 31, two days before Charles abdicated the throne. On August 9 Louis-Philippe accepted the crown.” He abdicated during an insurrection of the lower classes in 1848. These beautiful small bronze tubes rarely come to market. Weighing just over 200 pounds and about 37″ in length, 122mm bore (4-82″), and is easily mounted. It is interesting to note that this initial design of mountain howitzer has “low line” trunnions, like many 18th Century weapons, yet the U.S., Spain, and certainly other countries, copied the basic French tube design but put the trunnions on the axis of the bore in order to reduce downward forces on the carriage upon firing. This cannon originally owned by George E. Albee, a member of Berdan’s Sharpshooters during the Civil War, later won Congressional Medal of Honor at fight with Indians on the Brazos River, Texas on October 29, 1869. Albee went on to work for Winchester and had a sizable gun collection which was donated to Washington College upon his death in 1918. Julia’s sold a very fine Volcanic Navy from the same collection Fall 2012 as lot 1220. This is a fine cannon that will mount on pack carriage and fit into any gun room. PROVENANCE: George E. Albee Collection. Washington College, Chestertown, MD. Richard Brunckhorst. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Tube is very good to fine overall with numerous small blemishes as expected in 150 years. The patina is a mottled mix of brown & green, as can be seen in photos. Markings are crisp & well discerned. 4-54110 (18,000-22,000) – Lot 2088

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2089

LARGE BRONZE MODEL OF FAMOUS CAPTURED BARBARY COAST CANNON FROM ALGIERS IN 1830.

One of the largest bronze cannon ever made, was “BABA MARZUG” (Lucky Father) and was made in Venice for the Algerian fortifications of their harbor. This massive gun measuring 23 feet long and weighing over 26,000lbs was the most powerful cannon in the Mediterranean and could fire a projectile 3 miles. Algiers was among the most powerful Barbary States, making much of their revenue by charging “tribute” to non-Muslim merchants from Europe. These “tribute” or bribes culminated in the Barbary Coast Wars 200 years later. This cannon had an infamous reputation as when diplomacy was not working well on two separate instances in the late 18th century. French consuls were tied to the muzzle of this cannon and blown to pieces as were other Frenchmen held as slaves who would not convert. In June of 1830, the French landed a large army with the intent of conquering Algiers, which they did on July 5th. Algiers would become the capital of the French colony and later country of Algeria. This massive cannon was renamed “LE CONSULAIRE” in remembrance of the French consuls killed. This cannon was taken as a trophy and became a monument at the French Arsenal at Brest, France where it is still displayed, though Algeria has requested its return. I don’t think France is giving it back any time soon. This model has French inscriptions of base ring and breech stating its capture, dimensions and name as can been seen in photos “Echell 3 d’un pouce pour pied” (Scale of 1 inch to the foot) “Elle pese” (She weighs)11,926 k..mes”. 11,926 kilograms (26,292 pounds). The only other known model is in the National Naval Museum in Paris. This model once in the collection of Hampton P. Howell, Jr. was on display at Ft. Ticonderoga. PROVENANCE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr.; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon measures about 22″, 2-5/8″ breech, and weighs 20 lbs. Model is very good with old polish, markings all clear and discernible, and accompanying 4-wheeled wood carriage with brass fittings for trunnions is sound and solid. 4-54176 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2089

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2090

RARE 18th CENTURY FRENCH BRONZE 6-POUNDER HOWITZER.

This most unusual 18th century bronze Howitzer, almost certainly intended for naval swivel mounting, exhibits 4″ knobbed tiller in place of cascabel. Tiller appears integrally secured when bbl was cast. Howitzer has barely discernible French markings and its history is unfortunately unknown other than it was obtained in New England Estate, still a beautiful & rare example. PROVENANCE: Hyland-Granby; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Bbl 27″ overall with 21-1/2 bbl length; trunnion to trunnion distance about 12″; bore about 3.75″. Bbl very good overall with bronze patina with some erosion noted on breech as can be seen in photos. Tiller has iron patina and pitting. 4-54219 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2090

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2091

RARE BRONZE FRENCH MODEL 1756 NAVAL 1-POUNDER GUN.

This regulation French Naval 1756 swivel gun is numbered “89” on right trunnion and weight of “142” lbs on left trunnion. Other than trunnion markings, there are no discernible marks. The orig tiller projection at breech has been partially trimmed for use on Naval carriage such as the fine restoration cannon is resting on today, along with fine restored removable quoin for elevation. This is a beautiful gun with fine lines, typical of 18th century design. This may be one of the few survivors of this model known as so many pre-French Revolution cannons were melted down. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: About 45″ overall; cannon 37-1/2″ with bbl length of 34″ and 2-1/4″ bore. Orig vent has been plugged and a newer vent drilled just above for continued use. Naval style carriage is very good, sound & solid with metal hardware painted black and wood wheels & body are grey. 4-54224 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2091

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2092

BEAUTIFUL FRENCH 1786 1-POUND BRONZE CANNON ON CARRIAGE.

This tube has one of the best, slick dark green patinas that you can find on antique bronze. Other than minor blemishes expected in over 200 years; it is quite stunning. It’s mounted on a very old step naval carriage with wrought iron hardware and four wooden wheels. This model cannon was quite popular in the late 18th and early-19th century for naval warfare and this is among the nicest condition specimens you will find. PROVENANCE: Jack Malloy Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon measures 39″ overall with 34″ bbl length, 2″ bore and 9″ trunnion to trunnion distance. Breech has an integral 4″ x 1-1/4″ iron vent area which has wrought iron patina with pitting much like iron mountings on carriage. Orig 1785 dated French archives drawing of this model show this iron vent area which is a rare & early feature. Naval style step carriage has several cracks through wood but is fairly sound, complete with four wooden wheels that are also fairly sound, though with cracks and one rear wheel is about to separate, still a very nice display on carriage. 4-54227 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2092

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2093

18th CENTURY 3/4-POUND BRONZE FRENCH MODEL 1756 SWIVEL GUN.

This fine little French swivel gun originally had a tiller attached by the projection on back of breech instead of cascabel. No maker marks are discernible, however tube is numbered “84” on left trunnion. Right trunnion has the weight marked “89” lbs. Gun is displayed on a Naval style stepped carriage. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon & carriage measure 36″ l x about 19″ w x 24″ h overall; bore 40mm (1.7″); cannon 33″ with 27-1/2″ bbl length; about 7-1/2″ trunnion to trunnion. Cannon exhibits bronze patina & is very good to fine overall with typical small blemishes, scrapes, nicks and dings. Vent is wallowed out to about 1/2″. Later carriage made for display is sound & solid, painted blue, with front wheels being iron banded, missing trunnion caps. 4-54229 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2093

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2094

PAIR OF MID-19th CENTURY GERMAN EPROUVETTE “POWDER TESTING MORTARS”.

This unique pair of 7-1/4″ eprouvettes are hard metal plated which has obscured any markings that were present other than one small proof which is thought to be Germanic and fits with the history that these were taken from a German monument at base of a flagpole and sold as scrap bronze. Eprouvettes are an interesting and obsolete artillery form. They were made, set at a fixed angle, to measure strength of a particular gun powder supply being tested by measuring the distance, a fixed weight ball would be shot. This was an early form of powder efficiency measuring that was proved by American military experiments in the 1850s not to be accurate. Surviving eprouvettes are fascinating and unique form of artillery. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: On bases which measure about 19″ x 11-1/2″; 7-1/4″ bores; height of 15″. Hard metal plating 95% intact with balance mostly a chocolate brown patina from exposed bronze. Very good to fine overall. 4-54114 (8,000-10,000) – Lot 2094

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2095

RARE 1826 DATED SPANISH BRONZE 7-1/2″ EPROUVETTE MORTAR WITH ORIGINAL 7-1/2” COPPER SHOT.

SN 7663. This beautiful bronze mortar has emerald green patina and fine markings as can be seen in photos. Monogram of King Ferdinand VII is engraved over vent and cannon’s name “OEBOAS” in a banner of unknown translation. Baseplate is engraved around border “No. 7663”, “SEVILLA IDE DICIEMBRE DE 1826” manufactured at Seville, December 1, 1826. Base is also marked in Spanish with the origin of the copper and a weight of “190” lbs, “BRONCES NUEVOS DE COBRE DE LIMA”. Eprouvettes historically were used to measure quality of gun powder by shooting a projectile and measuring the distance fired as the Eprouvette has a fixed angle and the projectile is of an exact weight. In this case the projectile has a cavity that would be closed by a threaded fuse-like cap that could be filled with cast lead. Genuine Eprouvettes are quite rare and this may be the only example ever offered with its orig bronze globe projectile with a matching engraved arrow to align positioning to arrow on top of cannon. This cannon is thought to have been a souvenir taken home as a trophy from the Spanish-American War, as there is an almost identical pair photographed as captured weapons in Manila in 1898 in a book by Karl Irving Faust on p.105 (published 1899) Campaigning in the Philippines. PROVENANCE: Estate near Louisville, KY. Joe Ley Antiques, Louisville, KY. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Overall very good to fine. Markings are all discernible. Four 1” holes in baseplate are filled where originally they would have had bolts attaching them to large heavy wooden plank. Baseplate or “sole” of mortar measures 17” X 9-1/2” and is 1-1/2” thick. Height overall is about 16” and bore is 7-1/2” and projectile measures to a very close tolerance with only a few hundredths of an inch to spare. Patina on mortar and ball are mostly a mottled emerald green. Projectile “globe” is missing its threaded plug but engraved 5” feathered arrow (matching arrow on muzzle face) is quite discernible as can be seen in photos. 4-54135 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2095

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2096

BRONZE OTTOMAN COEHORN MORTAR.

SN NSN. This mortar is very typical in design of other mid-19th century mortars used in Europe, however weight of 184 lbs is a bit heavier than other Cohorns of this Caliber which generally would weight about 160 lbs. Right trunnion is dated 1263 in Islamic characters (1846 Gregorian calendar), left trunnion has Islamic characters as seen in photos. Bbl is marked with the cypher of most likely Sultan Abdul Hamid II, though plaque states “Sultan Abdul Mejid”. This gun has a bore of 5-3/4″ and is 15-3/4″ long. This gun originally acquired in London was thought to be a war trophy brought home by a British soldier from Gallipoli in WWI. Regardless of capture history, this is a beautiful well patinaed cannon that would fit into most gun rooms quite nicely. Mortar is mounted on an attractive painted wood carriage with very nice markings as can be seen in photos. PROVENANCE: Kenneth Smith Collection, NY; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Bronze patina typical small bruises & blemishes expected as can be seen in photographs. Bore is quite smooth & almost appears unfired. Markings are crisp & discernible as can be seen in photographs. On old wooden trophy display mounting is found small metal plaque engraved “Six inch mortar cast in 1846 for Sultan Abdul Mejid”. Mortar on carriage measures 27″ l x 14″ w x 18″ h. 4-54132 (7,000-10,000) – Lot 2096

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2097

RARE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR DYNAMITE SHELL.

SN NSN. This shell is pictured in an early Bannerman catalog and is thought to be the only surviving specimen and we can find no others in any museum or institutional collection, though several of “Sims-Dudley” dynamite cannon are found. These special pneumatic guns saw actual use in the Spanish-American War with Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders who had a special “Dynamite Gun” battery. One of the guns was present at San Juan Hill, but it was not used since the ammunition had been misplaced, and was later found in a medical aid station. The guns did see use in the siege of Santiago. Theodore Roosevelt was not in love with these guns as he thought they had poor range and had to be reset after each shot; other officers did write glowing reports, however. The US government purchased 16 dynamite guns and 100 rounds of ammunition in 1897 intending to send all sixteen of its dynamite guns to Cuba, but the plans were never put into effect. Some were, however, sent to Puerto Rico. The 4th Ohio Volunteer Infantry’s Dynamite Gun Detachment, used the guns near the town of Guayama. Five shots were fired, with the desired effect of quieting the Spanish gunfire realized. The parallel development of high explosives and the inherent problems of the dynamite guns lead to the demise of the dynamite guns. By 1900, the dynamite guns were deemed “not acceptable” by the U.S. Army and all of the Sims-Dudley guns were out of operation. The guns were considered obsolete and sold as surplus. Dynamite guns had shown themselves impractical. One of the guns ended up in the possession of arms dealer Francis Bannerman of New York. During a parade while on a visit to New York after his African expedition, Theodore Roosevelt spotted the gun in a display. As the parade passed the gun, Roosevelt’s eyes were fixed on the gun, and he led his Rough Riders in a cheer for the weapon, perhaps forgetting some of his earlier comments in his nostalgia. One of the Dynamite guns remains today, on San Juan Hill in Cuba. Another is in a museum in Havana. The information cited here came from an excellent article written by Patrick McSherry on this particular gun and much more research and actual reports can be found on “The Spanish-American War Centennial” website, including original ordnance drawings of this shell and its gun stating its specifications including that this shell originally contained 5 lbs of nitroglycerine. The complex fuse for this projectile was armed in flight when an impeller turned inflight and freed a steel ball that could now move freely to strike percussion caps when the projectile hit its target. The percussion primers had a fuse delay of 5 or 6 seconds which would be quite unnerving to the enemy as this projectile hit and possibly bounced around for seconds before the high explosives would cause their damage. There is a safety wire in the nose which would be pulled prior to firing to free the impeller. Only 100 of these sophisticated shells produced and documented shows why surviving cannons are much more common then this unique, surviving projectile. PROVENANCE: Bannerman’s, Dr. J. Nomolos Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. 36″ overall, including tail made from hollow, brass capped iron tube with spirally twisted zinc vanes (to provide rotation in flight). The body of the shell, including fuse and 3/8″ lead sabot, measure about 23″ with diameter of 2.5″, the bursting chamber about 18″ and the screwed on combination fuse 3-1/2″. The safety wire in the fuze is still present though broken flush with shell body now. 4-54182 (5,000-10,000) – Lot 2097

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2098

ORIGINAL BRASS CARTRIDGE CASE FROM WORLD WAR I “BIG BERTHA” CANNON.

Only one dozen massive “42cm Kurze Marinekanone 14 L/12 in Raderlafette” (42cm short naval cannon on wheeled carriage) were manufactured. The gun was nicknamed “Dicke Bertha” (Big Bertha) by German soldiers in World War I. The gun was designed under great secrecy by Krupp. At the time of construction, the Big Bertha’s were the largest and most powerful, movable artillery pieces by use of any army in the world. The gun could fire projectiles weighing close to one ton, almost six miles. Shells could penetrate close to 50 ft of concrete and soil. The crew to service one “Big Bertha” was 125 men. Cartridge casing has height of almost 17″, bottom diameter of 16.8″, a base diameter of 18.3″ and weighs over 80 lbs. Casing is marked on base with various proofs and date of April 1915 and maker “KARLSRUH PATRONENFABRIK”. Cartridge casing was not physically attached to the projectile. In operation of this massive gun, the projectile was loaded first then cartridge with propellant charge was taken from a wicker basket designed to hold each cartridge, which included several hundred pounds of propellant charge. This massive casing is a rare survivor of “The War to End All Wars” as 80 lbs of brass had many other purposes. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. Markings discernible as can be seen in photos. 4-54200 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2098

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2099

GROUP OF 5 LATE 19th CENTURY SALUTE CANNONS.

This grouping includes: an 1898 dated salute cannon commemorating Admiral Dewey; three cast iron carriages, two have bronze bbls, one with iron bbl; and a small brass barreled gun on a Naval style step carriage. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Dewey commemorative cannon measures 16″ overall with 11-1/2″ bbl and is quite simply mounted on a shaped solid block of wood with iron wheels attached with a U-bolt; solid cast iron salute gun is 12″ overall with a solid cast 9″ bbl and weighs 12.5 lbs; other three cannons measure between 12″ & 9″ overall. 4-54144 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2099

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2100

FINE BRONZE 28″ “STRONG” YACHT CANNON ON ORIGINAL MAHOGANY CARRIAGE.

SN NSN. This is a fine example of a large 1-1/2″ bore “Strong patent” breechloader, circa 1890, on its orig mahogany carriage with two rare orig brass cartridges, and rare loading & capping tools. Markings are especially crisp & well-discerned with a central device of an American eagle with “L.T. SNOW. / THE ‘STRONG’ CANNON. / -M’F’R-” & “NEW HAVEN, CONN. / U.S.A.” surrounding eagle. Cannon appears fully functional, mechanism works well. This would be a difficult cannon to ever upgrade. Consigner’s company has a large supply of aluminum 40mm “baton” cartridge cases which will work in this gun with very minor modification, if purchaser is interested. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Gun & carriage measure about 37″ overall, tube with firing mechanism is about 30″. This gun originally cataloged by the company as 28″ bbl with a dismounted weight of 106 lbs. Bbl has fine bronze patina as do bronze mountings on polished mahogany carriage. Accompanying accessories are also very good. 4-54170 (12,000-15,000) – Lot 2100

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2101

CUSTOM MADE IRON & STEEL 8-GAUGE BREECHLOADING SALUTE GUN.

This late 19th century or early 20th century gun is well made and functional. It has a rotating locking breech and is fired by pulling spring-loaded firing pin back several inches, but a locking device for firing pin which screws into bottom of cascabel is missing. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Model is about 20″ l overall x 8″ w, cannon is just over 14″ l including cascabel, and weighs 36 lbs. Cannon is very good overall. Polished steel bbl is stained and patinaed, cast iron carriage and trail have black remnants of paint & patina, all-metal wheels are sound & solid. 4-54139 (800-1,200) – Lot 2101

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2102

FINE 8-GAUGE 18″ “STRONG” YACHT CANNON ON ORIGINAL MAHOGANY CARRIAGE.

This is a fine example of a fully functional bronze salute cannon made by “L.T. SNOW, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT”. Cannon is mounted on original, polished mahogany carriage with functioning elevation. 8-gauge blank shotgun shells are readily available, from Springfield Arsenal LLC as well as other sources. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon and carriage are very good to fine overall. Mechanism functions, including extractor. Markings are especially crisp & well-discerned with a central device of an American eagle with “L.T. SNOW. / THE ‘STRONG’ CANNON. / -M’F’R-” & “NEW HAVEN, CONN. / U.S.A.” surrounding eagle. Fine condition of markings is due to bbl has apparently never been polished-quite unusual for these old bronze yacht-guns. Original lanyard cord is present but a bit rotted and needs to be reattached. Cannon with carriage measure 20″ overall, 11″ wide, about 12″ high, bbl is 18″ and weighs 20lbs, entire cannon and carriage weigh 28.5lbs. 4-54143 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 2102

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2103

FANCY SMALL ENGLISH BRONZE SWIVEL GUN WITH ORIGINAL YOKE, CIRCA 1780.

SN NSN. This wonderful little cannon is made and marked by the maker, Thomas Pyke, Bridgwater. Maker’s mark is found on second reinforce and cannon is nicely banded & decorated as seen in photographs. Thomas Pyke of Bridgwater (1740-1829) had an interesting history; in addition to the manufacture of cannons he made bells, clock dials, and chandeliers. He was also an iron monger, and probably made this most interesting yoke which has an integral attached rest. An ad by Pyke in the Western Post Flyer (newspaper,) 1 January, 1781 offers brass guns of his own make, described as having a spring mounting “to aid pointing.” 6, 4, and 2 pounder guns were offered. Powder charges were listed in the ad as: 6 pounder: 14 oz. 4 pounder: 10 oz. 2 pounder: 6 oz. The multiple perforations in either side of the breech rest are no doubt part of his unique mounting system. No other Thomas Pyke cannons, complete with original mounting, are known to have survived. Pyke was twice Mayor of Bridgwater and he owned his own bank. Newspaper descriptions mention his manufacture of cannons in 1780, and based on style of markings, cannon dates from this era. The initials of the original owner, “J. B.”, are also finely engraved in 18th century style as seen on photos of chase. PROVENANCE: Craig Nannos; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall, good bronze patina, measuring 20″ overall with bbl length 15-1/2″, 7″ trunnion to trunnion, bore diameter about 1.5”, iron yoke & rest exhibit iron patina with pitting, markings & decoration are fine, bore is clean & clear, mounted on wood block which is sound & solid. 4-54209 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2103

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2104

BRONZE BREECH LOADING 2-1/2 BORE YACHT CANNON FROM SHIP “JOSEPHINE”, NEW YORK YACHT CLUB CIRCA 1900.

This early model R. H. Brown cannon measures 24″ overall with patent dates on breech of 1888 and 1890. An old note found in muzzle states history from the New York Yacht Club belonging to Uzal. H. McCarter a New Jersey banker who lived 1861-1931. His yacht “Josephine” measured 92’10”. This gun shoots a 2-1/2 gauge cartridge and has an adapter so it can shoot 8 gauge shells. These cannon are the earliest of “Strong” type guns with a massive, rotating solid cast breech. Firing mechanism appears functional by yanking a lanyard which pulls firing pin forward through a pulley system in breech. Original markings read, “R. H. Brown, Co./N. Haven Conn./ Lavignes Pat. July 31, 99/Feb 18,90″ as recorded by the McCarter family before the yacht’s crew began polishing the cannon. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Gun and carriage measure about 26″ x 12″ and 16” overall. Carriage is typical “Strong-type” with solid brass mountings and polished mahogany, however, made with only one set of wheels in front. Markings on breech are only partially discernible as gun has been polished many times and still retains a fairly bright surface. Very good to fine. 4-54179 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2104

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2105

ENGLISH 2″ BRONZE CANNON ON RARE ORIGINAL CARRIAGE.

SN NSN. This beautiful banded late 18th century style gun exhibits fine bronze patina and orig carriage with bronze and iron hardware. Cannon is marked on base ring which is only partially discernible by maker in London which appears to read “GILKS, WILSON, & CO,..TOWER HILL, LONDON” aka C.H. Gilks & Co., Gunmakers and Ships’ Ironmongers, No. 3 Union Row, Little Tower Hill, London. It is so rare to find early bronze cannon on orig carriages. PROVENANCE: Mark McConnell; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: About 36″ overall on carriage, tube is 34″ l with 28-1/2″ bbl length, very good overall with dark bronze patina, clear smooth bore, Naval style stepped carriage is sound & solid with forged iron mountings with good iron patina. 4-54215 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2105

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2106

10 GAUGE SALUTE CANNON ON CARRIAGE.

SN NSN. This heavy duty copy of a Napoleon measures about 30″ overall with 15-1/2″ tube overall with breech, with 11-12″ bbl length. Gun is total iron and steel construction with the exception of wooden hubs and spokes. Gun overall weighs about 40 lbs. The removable bayonet-lug-closure breech firing mechanism appears complete though not currently functional. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon is sound & solid overall. BBl is nickel-plated as is carriage and wheels. Nickel is about 50% present on wheels and carriage and 95% present on bbl, with some bubbling & stains with balance and iron patina. Continuous-pull firing mechanism designed to release firing pin automatically as soon as it reaches rearmost position of lanyard pull, but needs TLC to restore to proper operation. Mechanism appears complete and otherwise. 4-54147 (1,000-2,000) – Lot 2106

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2107

RARE ENOCH HIDDEN, NEW YORK MADE, 19th CENTURY BRONZE PERCUSSION YACHT CANNON.

This is a fine, fully functional bronze salute cannon with percussion hammer that is operated by a lanyard. This is the only example noted and marked with maker and address “E.S.HIDDEN / COR AV.C. & 12 ST / NY”. Percussion hammer is of type Enoch Hidden perfected & patented in 1842 from an earlier 1831 design. This unusual early salute cannon is in overall fine condition. NOTE: The percussion hammer lock on this gun was improved & patented by Enoch Hidden in 1842; he earlier designed this lock in 1831. Hidden sold & manufactured these locks for the U.S. Army & Navy. The mechanism has a unique “pulley & wheel” system that gives lanyard pull a strong striking force. Mr. Hidden advertised in the mid-19th century as “Sole Manufacturer of E. Hidden’s Patent Cannon”. An excellent article on “Enoch Hidden and His Cannon Locks” appears in “Arms Collecting”, Vol. 36, No. 4 by (11-98) Fred Gaede; a copy can be found in provenance. Hidden made flint cannon locks as early as 1813. His locks were used on the “USS President” in 1814. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: 25″ overall, 14″ wide, 16″ tall. Cannon tube is 19″ overall with 16″ bbl length & about 1-1/2″ bore. Brass is very good as polished. Iron vent tube terminates at breech with large cone for percussion cap, which is pitted and worn, as is the iron striker inset into striking portion of hammer. Carriage is solid & functional with a few stress cracks in wood wheels. Total weight of 56-1/2 lbs. 4-54086 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2107

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2108

GROUP OF 4 RARE FLINT ENGLISH CANNON GUNLOCKS.

SN NSN. Gunlocks are rarely found today as they became obsolete, circa 1850, and most were salvaged for their bronze content. The Royal Navy first used gunlocks about 1750 and newer naval guns were manufactured with integral platforms near vents for their use. Several of the cannon in this auction made in the late 18th century to early 19th century have mounting holes or platforms for such locks most of which were intended for naval use. The use of gunlocks had distinct advantages for naval warfare as ignition was rapid and the operator firing gun could stand a safe distance behind cannon such as not to be hit by its recoil by use of long lanyards. Earlier use of linstock for ignition limited the distance a gunner could stand, and in a rolling sea, a several second delay made aiming accuracy quite difficult. This particular group all have different styles of mounting brackets. Two are maker marked “J. Sherwood” and another marked “T & I REA” with address in London. Both Sherwood and Rea are known London gun makers who also obliviously made cannon locks. The two Sherwood locks have inspector letter “T” though both have different design and mountings. The fourth lock is unmarked other than scratched number on base and it closely fits the 4-pounder English cannon offered in this sale. Cannon gunlocks are rarely offered, and this group of four English locks can never be duplicated. Several of these locks were from the well known Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection once on display at Ft. Ticonderoga. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: All locks are functional with good brass and iron patina. Rea marked lock frizzen & hammer are heavily pitted and frizzen screw is replaced. 4-54185 (5,000-10,000) – Lot 2108

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2109

GROUP OF 4 RARE CANNON GUNLOCKS, 2 FRENCH AND 2 RUSSIAN.

SN 24348, 25901, 29. Cannon gunlocks are rarely found today as they became obsolete, with the advent of friction primers circa 1850, and most were salvaged for their bronze content. The British Royal Navy first used gunlocks about 1750 but the French did not adopt until the early 19th century. Several of the cannon in this auction made in the late 19th century to early 20th century have mounting holes or platforms for such locks, most of which were intended for naval use. The use of gunlocks had distinct advantages for naval warfare as ignition was rapid and the operator firing gun could stand a safe distance behind cannon such as not to be hit by its recoil by use of long lanyards. Earlier use of linstock limited the distance a gunner could stand, and in a rolling sea, a several second delay made aiming accuracy quite difficult. Every lock in this group is quite different as to design and mounting characteristics. The largest lock in this group, which has an overall length of 9″, is marked “Charleville” and has military inspection on its various parts, a 2-digit number on back “16” with proof, probably represents date of manufacture, 1816. The second French lock, which is marked “BRINGOL A PARIS” is proofed and marked “An 13”. The two Russian locks are quite diverse in their manufacture, though both have same Cyrillic makers mark as can be seen in photos. The flint mechanism being bade in 1838 and the percussion mechanism made in 1839. Both have 5-digit SNs which means the Russians had a lot of cannons in the 1830’s but these are the only two locks we know of. This group would most likely be close to impossible to duplicate again. PROVENANCE: Bill Cobb Collection, Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. All appear functional except Russian dated 1838 flintlock is quite stiff and tight. Markings all discernible. Brass and iron patinas. 4-54185-1 (5,000-10,000) – Lot 2109

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2110

RARE “MANBY MORTAR” LIFE SAVING CANNON.

SN 13. This is a rare example of a small life saving cannon invented and developed by Capt. George W. Manby, an English Army officer. His device, known as “The Manby Mortar”, was first used in December 15, 1809. In a published affidavit detailing this first use of the mortar “We, the crew of the brig NANCY, of Sunderland, do hereby certify that we were on board of the said vessel when she was stranded on the beach of Yarmouth, on Friday morning, the 15th of December 1809, and compelled to secure ourselves in the rigging to prevent being swept away, the sea running so high on the vessel. And we do further declare and certify that Captain Manby, firing a rope with a hooked shot, securely holding on the wreck, enabled a boat to be hauled from the shore over the surf to our relief, otherwise we must inevitably have perished.” The Manby Mortar was so successful during that rescue that both the British and Americans added these to their equipment at many stations. These mortars were used well into the 19th century being replaced by Lyle Guns. On January 12, 1850, a Manby Mortar was used in the first rescue with line throwing ordnance in the United States, saving 201 lives from the ship ARYSHIRE at Squan Beach, New Jersey. This rescue succeeded by the use of the Manby Mortar, allowing a secure line to be attached to the ship and the stranded passengers were ferried via a patented, sealed life boat for four persons at a time. Of the published accounts, due to extremely rough seas, only 4 or 5 trips could be made an hour. The rescue started about 11:00 am and not finished for a full 24 hours. Only one fatality occurred; it being unnecessary. The Captain and Mate supervised the rescue by sending the women and children first. During one of the last trips, a panicked father grabbed onto a boltring on the outside of the sealed metal lifeboat containing his children, contrary to the wishes of the Captain and Mate, though they could do nothing. The father was swept away mid-trip in the heavy, cold seas to his death. Of the 202 passengers, this was the only fatality and there should have been none due to the life saving mechanism and brave steadfast Yankee crew. The particulars of this event were written up in all the popular press pushing for greater usage of life saving cannon in America. The image shown of the rescue is from an 1850 edition of HARPER’S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE, clearly showing the Manby Mortar on the beach. This particular mortar is in fine condition with a SN “13” engraved on top of the bbl, and is painted black with a red painted bore. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon is about 12-1/2″ long overall and just over 12″ height including its cast iron 6-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ rectangular base. A solid wood base can be easily constructed to secure mortar if desired. Bore measures 5-3/4″ and has a Howitzer style gun powder compartment in breech. Tube is very good to fine as painted, mostly smooth with pitting at base of bore. 4-54116 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 2110

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2111

UNIQUE, LARGE LINE THROWING MORTAR.

This very heavy, 21″ long, 10″ diameter breech with just over a 4″ bore, and has the ideal dimensions to throw a projectile a very long distance with larger powder chamber than could be utilized in typical thinned walled life saving cannon. This curiosity, with its rapidly tapering bbl, was owned by the well known arms collector and dealer, Al Kelly, and was sold in his estate. This tube, which is in excellent condition, is totally devoid of markings for at least can be discerned through its black painted surface. No one has been able to find any information on this cannon but manufacture appears to be mid-19th century. PROVENANCE: Al Kelly Collection, Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Iron patina. Smooth, clear bore & vent. This cannon is ready to be mounted & fired. 4-54134 (5,000-6,000) – Lot 2111

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2112

COSTEN CAST STEEL LIFE SAVING CANNON.

SN 2062. This is a scarcely encountered life saving cannon of the early 20th century that is maker marked “COSTEN SIGNAL CO NEW YORK USA”. This was one of the last line throwing cannons to still utilize ignition by a friction primer. This particular manufacturer is not known to have had government contracts and this particular gun was a commercial purchase for ship board use. Maritime regulations of the period required most ocean going vessels to carry such cannon to be prepared for emergency rescues. The basic function of a life saving cannon was to fire a heavy cylindrical shot (17 lbs) to which was attached one end of a strong, light line, which was rigged so as to pay out quickly without fouling. The gun was aimed so the shot went over a distressed ship, laying the line across the deck. The light messenger line was attached to heavier lines, which were hauled aboard the distressed ship and made fast. A “breeches buoy” was then rigged, whereby personnel could be conveyed to the rescuing ship or the beach, one at a time. These small cannon were the most important equipment of the government (U.S. Lifesaving Service) Lifesaving Stations along the coasts of the U.S. during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. 4-54166 (1,500-2,000) – Lot 2112

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2113

EARLY 19TH CENTURY IRON HOWITZER MADE IN BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY.

This small Howitzer which measures about 28″ overall with 19-1/2″ bbl length and about a 4 pound bore which measures 3.13″ (79.6mm). Cannon is cast in the style of early to mid 19th century English continental cannon and maker marked similarly with raised lettering on the reinforce between breech and trunnions “H. CORDES BREMERHAVEN”. This cannon is made in the style of known maritime insurance requirements that would hopefully discourage pirates. This cannon with such short bbl length seems more suited for throwing lines but no doubt it could fire heavy shot as bbl walls are exceptionally thick at 3″ and its overall length of just 2′ would make it quite manageable for turning and maneuvering in small deck space. There is a lighter constructed bronze cannon by same manufacturer with similar carriage construction known in private collection in Ohio. Cordes exhibited at the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition in Melbourne; the official catalog contains this entry: Cordes, H. G-, Bremerhaven. — Guns for throwing life-lines, models of life-rockets, signalrockets and lights, &c. Agents: Ostermeyer, Dewez & Co., 13L Collins-st. W., Melbourne. PROVENANCE: David Condon, Middleburg, Virginia, Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon overall is sound and solid on reconstructed carriage utilizing mostly original irons. Surfaces have iron patina with pitting, markings are easily discerned as can been seen in photographs. 4-54168 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2113

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2114

UNIQUE TWIN BARREL IRISH CHAIN-SHOT CANNON MOUNTED ON WHEELED IRON CARRIAGE.

SN NSN. This is a most curious and wonderful cannon which has the Coat of Arms of Ireland surmounting a “VR” cypher and the date 1848. The model is 18″ overall, 11″ wide, & about 12″ h, with a total weight of about 54 lbs, with 14-1/2″ bbls and 5/8″ bores. The marvelous curiosity is described by our consignor “Certainly one of the most unique items in the collection, this twin-barreled chained-shot cannon on a four-wheeled cart is designed to fire both barrels simultaneously as a percussion lock ignites a central powder magazine, which in turn fires into vents of both cannon, discharging them. The small magazine is provided with a rotating cover for loading. The hammer is tripped by a lever at the rear of the carriage. There are adjustment knobs for both elevation of the barrels, and divergence. The reason for enabling the firer to adjust bbl divergence is apparently to determine by experiment the optimum angle of divergence for a full-sized chained-shot cannon. Chained-shot cannon are designed to fire two round-shot, connected by a chain, simultaneously, in order to “mow down” attacking infantry or cavalry with the high speed chain hopefully traveling horizontally downrange. Literally hundreds of such chained-shot cannon were proposed during the 19th century, and many, however impractical, were patented. The major defect of chained-shot cannons was that the bbls never seemed to discharge exactly simultaneously, resulting in many gory accidents caused by the high speed chain wrapping around cannon and crew when one cannon’s discharge lagged even slightly behind the other. One such famous full sized weapon, invented by one John Gilleland, is displayed in Athens, GA. The piece was probably built in England for a wealthy Irish nobleman who had the substantial funds required to commission such a fine model. The piece is constructed to the highest standards of craftsmanship. The barrels and flame-catchers over the vents are made of brass rather than bronze, or bronze with some zinc content, as judged from the appearance of brighter ‘galvanized’ flakes in the metal. The piece was in use in England or Great Britain, since pieces of distinctively English cigarette package packs were found in its bores. No other piece much like this has been observed by the writer anywhere, so it is certainly a unique inventor’s working model. Pictured on p.201 of Half Century Scrapbook of Vari-Type Firearms in the collection of Frank E. Bivins, Jr. cataloged by F. Theodore Dexter, 1960. PROVENANCE: Frank E. Bivins, Jr. Collection. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Gun appears functional. Markings all discernible. Bbls exhibit smooth bronze patina. Complex carriage & mounts appear complete & functional, and also very good to fine overall. Carriage sound & solid. 4-54107 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2114

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2115

FINE BRONZE MODEL OF US 24-POUNDER SEA COAST GUN ON SLIDING CARRIAGE.

Fine bronze 17-1/2″ bbl with flared muzzle on 3′ long stand with sliding carriage and faux stone fortification that cannon will slide its muzzle in and out of. Carriage is functional as is elevation screw. Cannon is marked on base “13 E H HOFFMAN”. PROVENANCE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection, Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon is very good to fine. Carriage is sound, solid and functional and well made as can be seen in photos. 3/4″ bore is clear as is vent. 4-54117 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2115

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2116

RARE 19TH CENTURY RUSSIAN BRONZE LICORNE HOWITZER MODEL.

SN NSN. Bronze model of the distinctive “Licorne” cannon which is a hybrid between Howitzer and a field gun originally designed by M.W. Danilov & S.A. Martynov in 1757. “Licorne” translates as “unicorn”. This unique Russian design was used in various sizes until the War of 1812 in Europe and still in use during the Crimean War, where several captured examples are in British war museums. Characteristics include a most interesting tapered inward breech toward standard sized base ring. Taper narrows to 47mm and base ring is almost 63mm. Really interesting bbl measuring almost 15″ overall with cascabel. Bore measures just over 1″ (27.5mm). Right trunnion has Cyrillic characters surmounting “12-1/2”. There are no other discernible markings. Cascabel is unusual appearing naval, elongated in style, split with two slots for elevation. Back of cascabel is threaded, possibly for a pivoting percussion hammer. Mounted on stepped wood carriage. Early Russian models are quite rare. PROVENANCE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Tube overall very good with old cleaning, numerous small scratches & small blemishes expected. Percussion nipple screwed into breech is broken. Provision for striking is missing. Bore is clear with tapered Howitzer chamber following lines of breech. Carriage is missing trunnion caps and elevation device. Carriage appears possibly of later vintage but is still old. 4-54124 (4,000-5,000) – Lot 2116

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2117

L.C.T. WEBER BREECH-LOADING CANNON MODEL.

SN NSN. In January of 1861 L.C.T. Weber of Rochester, NY patented an improved breech-loading cannon (Patent No. 31044). Mr. Weber’s breech had a bar through the cascabel, which was turned to open or close breech, and breech was exposed by rotating on two pivots. Our bronze model measures about 7″ overall with iron breech mechanism partially missing, but this is no doubt the only example of this early Civil War U.S. patent. Weber went on with his patent to design a special carriage that the artilleryman would sit on a special chair to operate the breech. This special chair was also on a pivot and would swing to the side such that the cannoneer would not be hit by recoil. We do not have the carriage but only the cannon tube and partial mechanism; missing some breech components. This is almost certainly Weber’s orig patent model. PROVENANCE: Fairfax Civil War Show 1988. Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Bronze exhibits good, smooth, bronze patina and iron mountings have dark black patina with pitting. Cascabel breech is missing. 4-54118 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2117

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2118

PAIR OF LATE 19th CENTURY CAST IRON TOY SEACOAST GUNS ON CARRIAGES.

This well-made pair of cannon appear functional with clear vents & bores on cast iron wheeled mounts that slide on 2-wheel carriages with platform front mount. Extended models are 19″ overall x 6″ w, bbls are 12″ overall from cascabel to muzzle. There are no discernible markings other than painted decorations. Construction is totally metal with the exception of some wooden reinforcements on carriage supports. Carriage & sled design are similar to drawings and photographs of seacoast cannon in fortifications, circa 1850-1870. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Sound & solid, very good overall, iron bbls originally hard metal plated retaining maybe 20% with the balance being iron patina. Cast iron or pot metal carriages are sound, solid & complete, with grey paint and other painted highlights as can be seen in photographs. One gun has shorter cascabel than the other, otherwise a matching pair. 4-54125 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2118

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2119

UNIQUE BRONZE FRENCH ARSENAL MODEL OF SIEGE MORTAR.

This highly detailed model, though totally unsigned, is most likely an arsenal model of a French siege mortar circa 1800. Cannon is just over 7″ tall and about 5-1/2″ trunnion to trunnion with a shell shaped vent pan, is mounted on a large iron and wood base and was once in the collection of Hampton P. Howell, Jr. SIZE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection, Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Bronze patina, several small dents on cannon. Iron mountings on 12″ x 5-1/2″ x 4″ wood base have iron patina with pitting. Weight 14 lbs overall. 4-54149 (4,000-5,000) – Lot 2119

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2120

FINE PAIR OF 19th CENTURY CARRONADE SALUTE GUNS.

Classic carronades with cast bottom loops instead of trunnions. These well made iron guns are totally devoid of markings with great patina and integral cast sights. Carriages are simply made but functional with iron axles & wheels of matching patina. PROVENANCE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Carriage & gun measure 15″ overall x about 8″ w x 9″ h, each weighs 22.5 lbs, guns are 13″ with about 10″ bbl lengths. Guns are very good to fine overall, with iron patina on bbls & wheels, bore is clear though pitted, wood carriages sound & solid. 4-54136 (2,500-3,000) – Lot 2120

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2121

FINE 1795 DATED GERMAN ARSENAL MODEL OF SIEGE MORTAR ON CARRIAGE.

Fine bronze model of Germanic siege mortar on old iron mounted carriage. Model shows detailed stippling on back of breech. Double dolphin headed carrying ring and engraved date on top of base ring. This fine mortar model was once in the collection of Hampton P. Howell, Jr. PROVENANCE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection;Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Model measures 12″ overall, 4-1/2″ wide, cannon is 5-3/4″ overall, 3.75″ trunnion to trunnion, overall weight 6.5lbs. Very good to fine overall. Bronze patina. Carriage with worm holes, iron patina to mountings. Carriage missing trunnion caps, otherwise complete. 4-54151 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2121

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2122

FINE EUROPEAN ARSENAL MORTAR MODEL AND CARRIAGE.

SN NSN. This is a well made totally brass model and carriage with orig wooden elevation rest with iron hardware. It most likely dates from the late-18th century and appears to be a model of about a 10″ mortar made without lifting handles and with raised touch pan. This cannon has some English qualities but exact pattern is unknown. Quality is excellent including hardware on carriage and wooden elevation support. This is a beautiful small model 8″ long overall and weighing about 10 lbs. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall. Brass has mustard patina with scattered stains and typical small scratches and bruises expected. Bore which measures about 1-1/2″ is smooth and clear. Carriage is missing trunnion caps though iron hardware is mostly intact. 4-54150 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2122

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2123

RARE AND UNIQUE WILLIAM HUBBELL ORIGINAL PATENT MODEL OF ECCENTRIC ROTATING BREECH CANNON.

SN NSN. William Wheeler Hubbell was an eclectic inventor who patented among other things, improved metallic cartridges over which he sued the US Government for patent infringement. This model is the first known rotating breech later utilized by the Nordenfelt rotating threaded breech block 75mm cannon introduced near the end of the 19th century which became the first globally-accepted “modern” piece of artillery. This system set the pattern for many 20th century field pieces. Hubbell patented this breech April 7, 1874 in Philadelphia according to markings on bbl and the U.S. patent: “William Wheeler Hubbell, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Improvement in breech-loading ordnance. Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 149,478, dated April 7, 1874; application filed March 18, 1874: Be it known that I, William Wheeler Hubbell, of the city of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, have invented a breech-loading cannon, of which the following is a specification: The object of my invention is to load at the breech, for all sizes of cannon, with serge-bag cartridge and elongated projectile, and secure it tightly to fire, and open the breech freely to load, conform to expansion and contraction, and produce a durable serviceable gun by the peculiar construction of a circular breech-block, and of the breech of the barrel, with their appliances, to operate together as described, and shown in the accompanying drawings.” Hubbell was no doubt ahead of his time as this device would not be utilized for almost 20 years and Hubbell would receive no contracts or compensation that we know of. This unique model has not been seen before. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Tube measures 9-3/4″ overall with breech 2-1/4″ wide with a slender taper to a 7/8″ muzzle end with about a 5/8″ bore and weighs about 7 lbs. The handle for the rotating breech is broken off and the geared rotating breech is exposed on bottom of gun which appears to have had a soldered closure which is now missing, however the model very closely matches the patent drawing and is almost certainly Hubbell’s original, working patent model. Hubbell’s extensive testimony on guns, projectiles, and steel-making as well as this and several of his other patents are found in the REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON ORDNANCE AND PROJECTILES, appointed under Senate Resolution of August 2, 1882. This important model is mounted on a more recent naval style stepped carriage with iron trunnion caps. Markings on bbl are well discerned though there are dings, dents and scratches partially obscuring a couple characters as can be seen in photos. 4-54153 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2123

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2124

RUSSIAN ARMORER’S MODEL OF HOWITZER, CIRCA 1750.

This small model, though totally unmarked, probably dates about 1750 and has distinctive Russian characteristics that predate Licorne design with exaggerated thick reinforce at trunnions and carrying rings. Model also has distinctive Russian-style triangular vent behind base ring. Model retains beautiful bronze patina. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Model is 6″ l; 3-1/4″ from trunnion to trunnion; has 4″ bbl length; and 20.5mm (.8″) bore and weighs 2-1/2 lbs. 4-54152 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2124

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2125

UNIQUE PATENT CANNON AND PIVOT-TYPE CARRIAGE MODEL.

The Parrott-type cannon in this model with reinforced breech appears possibly as an afterthought as it is showing circa 1860 brass carriage utilized by Armstrong & Whitworth cannon of that era. Model is totally devoid of marking but displays well and was once part of the well known cannon model collection of Hampton P. Howell, Jr. PROVENANCE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Model is 17″ long, 3″ wide, 6″ high, overall weight 5.5 lbs. Model is very good overall with non-functional breech, brass and iron patina on wood mount. 4-54154 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2125

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2126

EARLY 20TH CENTURY MILITARY TRAINING MORTAR.

This spring loaded mortar has 3-stage bbl 10″ long on iron carriage and base with functional elevation and angle adjustments. We are not sure of the country of origin, however, this training model is well made. Only markings are “160” on breech. Pointers which show elevation & angle fixed pass over unmarked pewter plates where removable marks could be used to estimate changes in trajectory. The bore measures 1″. Mortar is loaded by pushing projectile into muzzle, pushing spring down until it locks. A push button at the right of breech then releases and propels projectile. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Training model is very good to fine overall and mechanically sound. With good patina to iron, steel & pewter surfaces. Wood base measuring 10″ x 17″ is also very good. 4-54160 (1,000-3,000) – Lot 2126

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2127

UNIQUE WORKING INVENTOR’S MODEL OF BREECHLOADING CANNON BY NATHAN THOMPSON 1872.

Nathan Thompson’s “rolling breech-block” is listed in the U.S. Chief of Ordnance Report for 1872. Thompson had proposed and submitted drawings of his breechloading cannon, which appear in this 1872 report, and his design was originally for a 12″ dia. gun weighing over 35 tons. The price of 2 guns was set at $220,000, but his complex sear and massive gun was never made, though recommendations were made to manufacture an 8″ iron & steel model for testing. Mechanism works quite nicely including extractor which is a separate knob on the left of the breech; breech is operated by a bar on top which turns clockwise, opens breech, and knob on breech is pulled back to cock to shoot possibly a 20 ga. shotgun shell. This model is extremely well made, brass or bronze and silver plated, and finely engraved on top of breech “INVENTED BY NATHAN THOMPSON, MARINE ENGINEER, BROOKLYN NY, 1872”. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Cannon is very good to fine overall with clear markings, retaining most of its orig silver plating, though bubbling and worn through in areas. Gun is mounted on a mahogany “Strong” style carriage with working elevation. Mechanically this gun works fine with mechanism being brass with patina and iron with iron patina. Carriage is sound & solid, and presents this rarity quite well. Model is 16″ overall x about 7″ w, tube & breech about 12″ l, and weighs 13.5 lbs. 4-54163 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2127

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2128

UNIQUE BRONZE INVENTOR’S MODEL, CIRCA 1850.

This is an unusual design, somewhat in the style of Dahlgren and certain Armstrong patterns with very heavy breech tapering quickly to a short muzzle. This model is well made with functional vent. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Bbl measures 6″ overall with 1/2″ bore, tube overall weighs 3 lbs. Good bronze patina, and burled stand is very good with two putty repaired cracks. 4-54157 (1,000-2,000) – Lot 2128

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2129

LARGE UNIQUE, 1828 BRASS AND COPPER ARSENAL PIVOTING SEACOAST GUN MODEL.

This high quality gun, possibly a manufacturer or inventor’s model, measures 3′ overall with 19-1/2″ cannon and 1″ bore and weighs 78.5 lbs. Model is totally unmarked of brass and copper alloy construction, including pivoting wheels and tracks. Identical cannon & carriages can be found in British & Canadian coastal forts and fortifications. This traversing cast-iron platform for cast-iron carriage was adopted by British War Department March 1828. This is the only arsenal model we know of. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Yellow & mustard colored patinas. Very good overall as can be seen in photos. 4-54175 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2129

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2130

UNIQUE C.F. BROWN FUNCTIONAL MODEL OF HIS “RUNNING” CANNON.

SN NSN. Charles F. Brown of Warren, RI patented this cannon in Sept of 1860 (patent 30,045). He stated, “The object of my invention is to enable a piece of ordnance to be fired repeatedly by the act of its being drawn over the ground, so that it may be made very effective in advancing to meet…or in retiring from before an enemy”. Wow, one could retreat and fire on the enemy as artillery was running off the field, that’s clever. This cannon has unique carriage and cannon design such that a third rear wheel can be engaged to open and close breech where the “running” artillerymen can rapidly load a shell which is then quickly extracted after firing by the motion of the third wheel moving a large cam. Mr. Brown describes in detail in his patent how these shells were to be situated for rapid repeated fire could be obtained. Interested parties should read his patent which is posted online. Cam device which opens and closes this very long breech functions quite well as does the unique elevation device, fitted on a yoke between axles. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Model appears complete as based on patent drawings however the finials are missing from threaded ends of rear carriage support. Iron surfaces have good patina with staining and pitting. Brass handles to elevating device exhibit dark mustard colored patina. Patent marking on breech is easily discernible “F. BROWN PATENT”. Bore exhibits crisp well defined rifling. Model is 42” overall, about 14” wide. Bbl is about 18” overall and 31” including extended breech. Three iron wheels are about 12” in dia. 4-54171 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2130

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2131

ENGLISH BRASS HOWITZER MODEL ON CARRIAGE.

This fine model which measures 16-1/2″ long, is just over 7″ wide and weighs 9 lbs has front and rear sights cast and insets separately in lighter colored metal. Cannon is in mid-19th century English style without lifting handles and was once in the collection of Hampton P. Howell, Jr. and was on display in Ft. Ticonderoga. PROVENANCE: Hampton P. Howell, Jr. Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Model is very good overall with patina and some verdigris spotting. Carriage is sound & solid, missing trunnion caps and may be a later edition that was made specifically for this model. Sound and well made wood-hubbed & spoked wheels. 4-54159 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 2131

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2132

SMALL BRONZE EPROUVETTE POWDER TESTER.

This little mortar was cataloged by Bob Abels in his 1961 Catalog of the Brown Collection, as circa 1700, and a similar specimen is in the Dupont Office at Wilmington, DE. No doubt this model was probably early 19th century, and on fixed base, was probably used as a salute gun or even a powder tester. PROVENANCE: Howard K. Brown, Ex Collection; Hampton P. Howell Ex Collection; Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: 6-1/4″ l x 4-3/4″ w x about 5″ h, bore measures about 1.4″ (36.3mm). Smooth, clear bore & vent. Very good to fine overall, with bronze patina and old polish. Weighs 11.5 lbs. 4-54156 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2132

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2133

RARE AND VERY FINE DAYTON TOY & SPECIALTY COMPANY “CHARLES BLACKMORE PATENT” CARBIDE TOY CANNON, 1928.

It is interesting that this “Big Bang” carbide cannon competitor was advertised in magazine “Playthings” December, 1928 three months before the patent was applied for. Dayton Toy Specialty Company offered carbide cannon as item number 110 in this ad for sell for four-dollars. This functional toy cannon has appearance of WW1 heavy field guns. Dayton Toy & Specialty Company made a line of metal trucks, cars and other boy’s toys till the Great Depression put them out of business. Toy weighs 14 pounds and is 20” long. There are thought to be very few survivors of this cannon as we can find no recorded sales of this rare toy and only two examples in toy museum or collections. Charles C. Blackmore’s patent was filed February 1, 1929, Serial No. 336,816. Blackmore was an extremely prolific inventor of the 1920’s-30’s. Google patents lists no fewer than 338 patents for toys, bombs, guns, shock absorbers, fans, radios, and other consumer, industrial, and military hardware of all kinds. “It is the object of my invention to provide a gas cannon in which the generation of the gas (acetylene) and the conveying of the materials to a gas forming chamber will be remote from the chamber of the gun. My object is to provide a gas gun having the safety feature of complete delivery of materials and generation of the gas remotely from the gun chamber as distinguished from that class of gas guns and cannons where the is generated in the chamber of the gun. It is a further object to provide means of exactly measuring the quantity of carbide and other gas forming material which is to be delivered to the gas forming chamber without using any moving parts for such measurement like valves, etc. It is a further object to provide such a measuring means in combination with ventilation means to insure positively the ventilation of the gun or cannon between each measurement and delivery of gas forming material to the gas chamber. It is an additional object to provide a gas forming chamber which carries water or other gas forming material that can be detached front the cannon and thoroughly cleaned. (Other) carbide gas cannons have quickly become useless because the accumulation of precipitate, which rapidly hardens in the air rendering the gun useless. It is a further object to provide a gas cannon in which the charge can be ignited by a fulminate cap. It is also an object to provide such a cannon in which the charge can be ignited by pyrophoric metal or a fulminate cap at the option of the user. It is an important object of my invention to provide a striking hammer and lanyard for remote firing of the cannon to insure the removal of the child at some distance from the cannon before it is fired. It is my object to provide a gas-forming chamber which is suspended at some distance from the cannon so that all the gas must be generated remotely from the interior of the cannon and then delivered in gaseous form to the barrel of the gun or cannon.” PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good and functional as painted with a dark OD paint. 4-54161 (800-1,200) – Lot 2133

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2134

ARSENAL MODEL OF FRENCH CIRCA 1830 LIMBER.

SN NSN. This early exacting model was probably here in the United States in the 1830’s as American field artillery was emulating French design of this period. This limber which is 1/4 or 1/5 scale would closely approximate limbers used with US model field guns. Model is about 31″ overall with 12″ wheels, made of wood and steel. Even the bolts and studs on steel-tired wheels are to scale. Model is about 15″ wide. 19th century arsenal models of cannon accessories are much scarcer than are the cannon. This is a beautiful example that survived in exemplary condition. PROVENANCE: Springfield Arsenal, LLC Artillery Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Right wheel missing forged locking pin, replaced by a nail. 4-54173 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2134

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2135

EARLY EUROPEAN BLUNDERBUSS RAIL CANNON.

Upon first glance this rail gun appears to be an Indonesian Lantaka, but this gun is more refined and no doubt of European origin, possibly Portuguese or even Spanish since it was reportedly found on a wreck in the coastal waters off of the Yucatan Peninsula. This 35″ cannon has a 1-1/4″ bore that flares to 2-1/2″. This style cannon was mounted on smaller ships or boats on a post or a rail and a wooden rod was used if needed to extend the tiller at breech. This was a good anti-personnel weapon like blunderbuss coach guns of the early 18th century and pirates preyed on merchant vessels and pirates liked these guns too. Breech is decorated with oak leaf design and a raised seal medallion of unknown meaning in front of vent. Cannon exhibits a beautiful emerald green patina with fine lines and aesthetics, rarely seen in “Lantaka-style” cannon. PROVENANCE: Spanish wreck from coastal waters, Yucatan, C. Ambrose 1959 to current consignor’s son. Walter Hightshoe Collection-Ohio State Museum,Columbus. CONDITION: Very good to fine, including orig yoke, with 4-petal flower design. 47lbs on trapezoidal shaped wood block which displays cannon well. Slightly inside muzzle is there is concretion (possibly due to marine growth) and an eroded area but other surfaces are mostly smooth. 4-53697 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 2135

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2136
Revised: 3/14/2015

Please note: The description of the carriage was inadvertently left out, and should read: Accompanying carriage is a well-built 18th century style double-trail with iron banded cheeks and wheels. Carriage was custom built circa 1960 for the park. Carriage has an original Civil War tar bucket and a reproduction 18th century style water bucket along with a reproduction sponge, worm and other tools. There is a facsimile Tompion attached to the carriage by a leather thong. Carriage is about 45″ wide from hub to hub. Wheels are 31″ tall. Overall length is about 55″. Total weight is guesstimated to be 200-300 pounds. Carriage is sound and solid with two of the hub iron rings loose but present.

AMERICAN 2-3/4″ KING HOWITZER, 1793.

SN NSN. 2-3/4″ cal. This bronze tube cast in bronze weighs 60lbs. and is 17″ overall. Cast into back ring ‘D KING PHILADA AD 1793’ is the maker marks of Daniel King who made cannon during the American Revolution and this model for our fledgling army to use in the frontier. This tube has an iron sleeve and casting flaws on bottom as can be seen in photographs that most certainly make this cannon a reproduction. According to a 1961 article in ‘Military Collector & Historian’ by Don H. Berkebile, states that like our cannon here “the sights, made from iron, appear to be an afterthought since the rear one is set into the breech reinforce in such a manner as to partly obliterate the word ‘Philada’. All bear a number, on one trunnion, in Roman numerals.” Our example here does not have Roman numeral as the five 60lb. original examples that are in government collections. Regardless, this is a fine, very early reproduction executed with great skill, now with good patina. PROVENANCE: Heritage Museum & Gardens Collection, Sandwich, Mass. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Casting flaws on bottom near back, otherwise a wonderful facsimile. 4-55449 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2136

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2136a

SPECIAL ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOT.

This lot consists of twelve past Julia auction firearm catalogs, together with their prices realized list. These catalogs serve as a valuable reference source. We regularly sell our past auction catalogs to collectors and dealers alike for that purpose. Please also note: The entire proceeds of this lot (to include the buyer’s premium), shall be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. St. Jude’s is one of the finest hospitals in North America today for the research and care of children afflicted with cancer. We hope that you will consider competing on this lot, we consider it to be an extremely worthwhile cause and we have dedicated ourselves to include similar lots in every single one of our auctions, the proceeds of which will be donated to St. Jude’s. Thank you for your participation. CONDITION: Very good. 8-87112-1 (300-400) – Lot 2136a

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2137

*1906 KRUPP MOUNTAIN HOWITZER.

50mm as made for Siam and so marked on the breech with Siamese Government proofs and “FRIED. KRUPP. A.G./ESSEN”, then more Siamese markings and Krupp symbols. Elevation gear also marked in Siamese. Included in this lot is orig, functional rear sight with balance bubble intact, prolong handle, kit with brass cases and molds, and some lead projectiles needed to shoot this cannon. Although manufactured in 1906, this weapon has been excluded from provisions of the National Firearms Act and will transfer like a Curio & Relic rifle. Breech block opens and shuts freely, firing lanyard is a faithful reproduction of the orig which actuates the firing mechanism. This weapon appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: The weapons formerly on loan to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is excellent. Over 90% deep lustrous blue, thinning in places with some scattered corrosion. Wheels, axle and carriage have over 90% olive drab finish with some scuffs and chips. Leather covering on elevation wheel and carriage handles are either orig or faithful reproduction in fine, serviceable condition. Telescoping tongue of carriage also serviceable. Steel tires retain about 50% of black enamel finish with the loss occurring from the cannon being wheeled about. Bore is extremely fine and clean. Would be hard to imagine a more attractive little cannon to put into one’s collection. The reloadable brass cases and shooting accessories only enhance the desireability of this cannon. 4-51722 (30,000-60,000) – Lot 2137

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2138

RARE MODEL 1893/95 GATLING GUN ON ORIGINAL CARRIAGE.

SN 1011. This is a fine 10-bbl Colt manufactured Gatling Gun with 10 32″ bbls, bronze housing. Bronze breech cover marked “GATLING GUN PATENTED / Manufactured by / Colt’s Pt. F.A. Mfg. Co. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / NO. 1011 / CAL. 30 / D.M.T.” (Daniel M. Taylor, Inspector). The right rail cover is marked MODEL 1895. Gun is mounted with orig bronze yoke with iron pintle and tiller on orig 1895 field carriage. SN 1011 is one of 18 guns ordered by the US Ordinance Department June 19, 1883. From page 129-130 Wall & Toppel 1971 The Gatling Gun “A clause in this contract provided that at the option of the US government, the Gatling Gun Company would later convert these guns to the “Bruce Feed”. In 1897 General D. W. Flagler ordered all 18 guns converted to Bruce Feed (SNs of these guns 1001-1018). At the time of the conversion of the Model 1893 Bruce Feed, the head space adjustment was also modified. Originally, head space in this model was adjusted by screwing the cascabel knob in or out; setting was fixed by engaging a spring lock that held the knob at any point. This was found to provide too much latitude in adjustment and the cascabel knob was replaced with one only having 5 settings, in increments of .003 inch.” The identical gun and carriage is of the type utilized in the Spanish-American War as seen in contemporary photograph of the 13th US Infantry Gatling Gun Detachment training at Tampa, Florida, June 1898. Lt. John Henry Parker aka “Gatling Gun Parker” commanded a battery of four guns (thought to be SNs 1040-1043) on San Juan Hill and Kettle Hill. On San Juan Hill, Parker’s battery of Gatling Guns continued to rake the trench lines until the American assault broke into a charge about 150 yards from the crest of the hill. Upon gaining the hill, the carnage wrought by the Gatling fire was immediately noted in contemporary accounts. Captain Boughton, among the first officers to surmount the crest of San Juan Hill, stated The trenches on the hilltop were filled with dead and dying Spanish riflemen, while the open ground behind was covered with dead and dying Spanish defenders who had been shot while attempting to flee the hail of Gatling fire. Teddy Roosevelt noted that the hammering sound of the Gatling Guns raised the spirits of his men. PROVENANCE: Val Forgett Collection, Dolf Goldsmith 1959, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Fine to very fine as restored. Gun appears fully functional and has been used in live fire after restoration. When gun was orig found, bbls were rusted as were carriage parts. Bbls are well machined copies in .308 for ease of obtaining ammunition for firing, where 30-40 new Krag rounds are difficult to find. Bronze housing, feed housing and most other brass or bronze parts appear orig and smooth with discernible markings. Patent dates on orig “Bruce Feed” magazine are weak but discernible. Iron rails and carriage parts are all refinished with heavy pitting on carriage portions. Carriage appears orig with exception of replaced compartment doors and wood portions of wheels. This is a fine, shoot-able Gatling Gun, potentially with Spanish-American War history. 4-51802 (125,000-150,000) – Lot 2138

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2139

VERY RARE DOCUMENTED WINCHESTER LEE NAVY RIFLE SALVAGED FROM THE USS MAINE.

SN 8808. Cal. 6mm Lee Navy. Standard military issue Lee Navy with 28″ bbl and rare sheet steel sight cover with “U” proof. Original sight covers for theses rifles are virtually unknown. It has musket style rear sight graduated to 2000-yds. Front receiver ring has standard “U.S.N.” markings with Winchester markings in 2-lines on left side. Mounted in uncheckered American walnut with full length stock and short hand guard. It has standard musket buttplate with trap and its orig detachable sling swivel on the bottom with corresponding sling loop on the middle band. The front band/bayonet lug has a stacking swivel. Right side of the buttstock is stenciled in white paint “U.S.S.MAINE”. Toe of the buttstock has a small “A” inspector mark and a tiny five pointed star. Top of the buttstock just forward of the buttplate tang is another very small five pointed star. Accompanied by its orig, very rare 1-pc leather sling with roller buckle and a rare patent marked, locking, 5-rd stripper clip containing five orig rounds of military ball ammunition. Also accompanied by a copy of pages 34 and 35 of a reprint of a The Bannerman Catalog of July 1907. Page 35 lists the serial numbers of 54 6mm Lee Straight Pull Rifles salvaged from the USS Maine, including this exact rifle. It also lists the SNs of six 45 cal Springfield rifles recovered at the same time. These rifles were sold to Bannermens through the Navy yard at New York in Jan. 1900. These 54 Lee rifles and 6 Springfield rifles are the only officially documented small arms recovered from the USS Maine although there have been one or two others that have surfaced in the last few years that were undoubtedly authentic. Regardless there are probably no more than about 60 or so of these relics in existence. CONDITION: Good, complete and orig. The metal overall retains a dark brown patina with cleaned areas of fine salt water pitting. Stock has a hairline back of the top tang, otherwise wood is sound with numerous nicks, dings & scratches and retains a dark hand worn oil stained finish. Stock has a series of deep bruises on each side of the wrist. Mechanics are fine; strong dark bore. Sling has dry edges with a dark center body and is otherwise sound and orig. Stripper clip and ammunition are fine. Lower buttplate screw is stripped. 4-47945 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2139

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2140

EXTREMELY RARE DOCUMENTED ROUGH RIDER MODEL 1896 KRAG SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 68140. Cal. 30-40 Krag. Standard 1896 Krag carbine with 22″ tapered rnd bbl, pedestal front sight with Sheard gold bead blade. It has standard carbine ladder sight graduated to 2000 yards. Left side of receiver has the Model 1896 markings and SN. Mounted in a 1-pc half stock with short hand guard and the sight protecting bbl band. Left side of stock has a staple & ring and the left wrist has an 1897 cartouche. The area below the cartouche is worn commensurate with a cavalry sling having been attached during the period of use. Accompanied by a volume of information & provenance on the trooper to whom this carbine was issued. Company records disclose that private Malcolm D. Lincoln had enlisted in the 1st Volunteer Cavalry on Jun. 25, 1898 at Sante Fe, New Mexico Territory. A copy of his enlistment record accompanies. At that time Mr. Lincoln was 32 years old and listed his residence as Pinos Wells, NM. The record also lists his place of birth as Lucknow East India and his emergency contact was Fredrick Lincoln. Pinos Wells, NM no longer exists however an old map from 1895 shows that it had 21 inhabitants and a post office. Genealogical research records shows that Malcolm Docker Lincoln was born 9 Sep. 1865 in Lucknow, West Bengal, India. A listing of Krag carbines of the Rough Riders which appeared in Man at Arms magazine lists SN 68140 as having been issued to Company G and Malcolm D. Lincoln. After the fighting in Cuba the Rough Riders were returned to the U.S. and disbanded at Montauk Point, NJ and were not given the opportunity to purchase their service arms. Apparently most of the carbines were well used in Cuba and then were poorly packed for return to the U.S. with many of them returned to the arsenal for refurbishing and reissue to troops fighting in the Philippines. Also accompanying is a volume of correspondence between Mr. Lincoln and a U.S. senator, dated 1925, regarding Mr. Lincoln’s pension. Additionally accompanying is an orig hardbound 62-pg booklet DESCRIPTION AND RULES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE U.S. MAGAZINE RIFLE AND CARBINE CALIBER 30, dated 1898. Extremely few documented Rough Rider arms have ever been offered for sale with most of those being Colt Single Action Revolvers. Incredibly few Rough Rider Krag carbines have ever come to light. PROVENANCE: Malcolm D. Lincoln as issued by the Army. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 95% dull orig blue; receiver retains silvered case colors; magazine box mottled case colors. Wood is sound with handling & use nicks & scratches showing moderate wear and a dull oil finish. Hand guard has been refinished. Mechanics are fine; strong bright bore, frosty in the grooves. 4-47944 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2140

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2141

EXTREMELY RARE DOCUMENTED 1895 DATED KRAG CARBINE ISSUED TO A TROOPER OF THE 9TH U.S. CAVALRY WHICH UNIT FOUGHT IN CUBA.

SN 28683. Cal. 30-40 Krag. Standard carbine with 22″ bbl, pedestal front sight and 2000-yd carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has the date 1895 with Springfield Armory markings and SN. Mounted in a 1-pc grasping groove carbine stock with short handguard and sight protective bbl band. Left side of stock has a sling bar & ring and left wrist of stock has a crisp 1898 cartouche. Buttplate is smooth with trap door. Left side of receiver has the electric pencil number “12” and “P2”. A letter from Springfield Research Service dated 2004 shows a listing of Krag carbines including this carbine, identified by SN as having been turned in from the 9th Cavalry on Jun. 14, 1900. The 9th Cavalry was a storied Black Cavalry unit who fought in Cuba and charged San Juan Hill alongside Col. Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. It is likely that this carbine participated in that battle. This carbine was pictured, in color, on pg 10 of the July/August 1989 issue of either Gun Report or Man at Arms. Extremely few documented Rough Rider arms have ever been offered for sale with most of those being Colt Single Action Revolvers. Incredibly few Rough Rider Krag carbines have ever come to light. PROVENANCE: 9th U.S. Cavalry. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl retains about 95% arsenal restored blue with scattered spots of pitting; receiver is mostly a smooth blue brown patina with mottled case colors on side plate and cartridge box. Hand guard has a crack, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks & scratches and retains a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-47943 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2141

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2142
Revised: 3/11/2015

Please Note: Great News! Additional Provenance: From the Barnyak Collection to fund the NRA Foundation Endowment.

*VERY RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1903 MARK I BOLT ACTION RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL MARK I PEDERSEN DEVICE AND ACCESSORIES FROM THE PHIL SHARP RESEARCH LABORATORY.

SN 1050433 & 25538. Cal. 30-06 & 30 Auto. Rare Springfield rifle with even more rare Pedersen device. Rifle is a standard Mark I with 24″ rnd bbl, dated 7-18, with standard sights and the oval ejection port in the left side rail. Rifle has milled trigger guard and floor plate with grooved middle band and a brass & leather military sling. Buttplate is checkered with trap. Accompanied by an orig 1918 Mark I Pedersen device by Remington, SN 25538. Also accompanied by a very rare orig tin carrying can for the device, missing its belt wire; one orig magazine; an orig five compartment OD canvas magazine pouch marked “R.I.A. / 9-19” and an orig brick of 200 cal. 30 auto pistol ball cartridges Model of 1918 by Remington. The nomenclature “pistol ball” cartridges was intentionally misleading to disguise the top secret project of the Pedersen device. The intention of the U.S. Government was to keep secret the fact that they were developing a semi-auto modification to the bolt action rifle. Had the war continued and the modified rifles issued to front line troops it almost certainly would have sped up the conclusion of the war. Fortunately the war ended before the devices could be issued and the vast majority of the devices, cans and tools were destroyed and scrapped. Very few survive today, especially in orig configuration with any accessories. The ammunition is almost equally rare as the supply of ammo was also destroyed and recycled as scrap. This rifle retains its orig Mark I trigger which is most rare. When the project was scrapped in 1918 it was ordered that the modified rifles have their triggers replaced with the orig single stage triggers and the Mark I triggers scrapped. Close examination reveals that this trigger is an unaltered original. Mounted in an orig Mark I stock with cut out for the ejection port. Stock is 1-pc with grasping groove and is missing the upper hand guard. Stock is without cartouches or proofs. Right side of buttstock has a small gold & black sticker with red border marked “The Philip B. Sharpe / Research Laboratories”. Phil Sharpe was an accomplished author and ballistician who wrote two books for the firearms enthusiast including The Rifle in America and Guide to Handloading, both of which are still in use today. Mr. Sharpe developed & tested loads for a variety of firearms. He was a veteran of WWII having served in the European Theater, involved with captured enemy firearms. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to his main love, firearms. PROVENANCE: Philip B. Sharpe. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Metal overall retains about 98% dark orig finish. Wood is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its fine oil finish. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Pedersen device is also fine and retains about 90% orig military finish. Magazine retains about 95% orig finish with a small ding in one lip. Pedersen can, probably an old excavation, show moderate to heavy pitting with about 50% orig finish. Magazine pouch is crisp & new, unissued. Ammunition carton shows a couple of broken edges otherwise is fine. Package is wrapped in plastic and contents were not inspected. 4-54041 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2142

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2143

*EXTREMELY RARE SINGER MODEL 1911A1 MANAGEMENT PRESENTATION SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL.

Cal. 45 ACP. This pistol is one of only a very few unnumbered toolroom samples produced at the Singer Sewing Machine Company, Elizabeth Works, Elizabeth, NJ, which were later given to Senior Management employees. This particular piece was given to Shirley James Murphy upon his departure from the Elizabeth Works in 1965 when he was transferred to take over management of Singer’s largest factory in Clydebank, Scotland. Mr. Murphy was born in May 1919 and graduated from Purdue University in 1942 during which time he was enrolled in the ROTC program and entered active duty in May 1942 with the 401st Field Artillery Batallion serving through the remainder of the war until Feb. 1946 when he was discharged. He remained in the active reserves until 1957 reaching the rank of Major. He actually started to work for Singer as a high school student in the 1930s and returned to Singer in 1946 after his active duty military service. He worked at various Singer operations throughout the northeast U.S., rising to the position of Assistant Vice-President, then on to Scotland where he remained for four years and then was transferred to Ealing, London, England as Senior Vice-President of Manufacturing for Europe. He retired in 1974 after 30 years with Singer. Accompanied by a signed notarized letter from Kathryn A. Yeomans, Mr. Murphy’s daughter, wherein she states that this pistol was given to her father when he was Vice-President & General Manager of the Singer Factory in Elizabethport, NJ. She states that at that time he was in charge of manufacturing for the U.S. factories including a furniture factory in Hendersonville, NC and the Craftsman Tool Factory in Pickens, SC. She states that “The tag marked #5 was on the gun.” Also accompanied by newspaper articles which include photographs of Mr. Murphy, detailing his promotions. Additionally accompanied by a hard bound book Singer in World War II 1939-1945. This book has the notation inside the front cover “Shirley J. Murphy / Gen. Mgr. E’Port Factory”. The book is bound in black leather with gold embossed cover having the Singer logo in the center along with the title on the front. Inside is 233 pages detailing all of the manufacturing at Singer’s various plants during World War II. Page 5 details the production of the 1911A1 pistols. In April 1940 “an educational contract” was placed with the Elizabethport factory which called for the preparation of one complete set of tools, fixtures & gauges and the manufacture of 500 complete pistols, plus spare parts. The book states that the purpose of this contract was primarily to provide tools which would be available for further larger production orders and to familiarize the Elizabethport personnel with pistol manufacture. When the 500 pistols of the educational contract were completed the Ordnance Dept. ordered the Elizabethport factory to turn the tooling materials and production information over to another company for production. This pistol has all blue finish with 5″ bbl, standard Gov’t Model fixed sights with the slide marked “S. MFG. CO. / ELIZABETH, N.J., U.S.A.” and without serial numbers or military acceptance proofs. Mounted with orig Singer checkered brown composition grips without donuts and without reinforcements inside. Accompanied by its orig Singer all blue magazine. Pistol has checkered slide stop, thumb safety, hammer spur, recoil spring keeper, magazine release and arched main spring housing with lanyard loop. Also accompanying is a small string tag with the pencil notation “#5”. Singer 1911A1 pistols, although not the most rare, certainly are the most desirable of all the Gov’t Model pistols produced. The 500 pistols produced by Singer were generally issued to the Army Air Corps, probably along with all the spare parts. Today one can occasionally encounter a “SINGER” marked slide on another maker’s frame or a Singer frame with other maker’s parts. Rarely does one ever encounter a complete, orig, new & unfired Singer pistol pistol. CONDITION: New & unfired, retaining virtually all of its crisp, bright, orig finish with temper line on front end of slide; left side of frame has some light discoloration above the trigger guard and a spot on the slide in the same area with another small spot on front strap, otherwise the finish is virtually intact; the hammer face & breech face show no evidence of ever having been fired; magazine is equally new as are the grips. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bore. 4-54742 (50,000-100,000) – Lot 2143

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2144

*SCARCE COLT U.S. NAVY MODEL 1911 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 109751. Cal 45 ACP. Scarce Navy marked 1911 with 5″ bbl, orig fixed sights and standard markings with 1913 last patent date and Rampant Colt on left rear side of slide. Right side of slide is marked “MODEL OF 1911 U.S. NAVY”. Left front side of frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” and has the “GHS” (Gilbert H. Stewart) inspector initials. Mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips. Pistol appears to be correct in all respects with short grip safety spur and long hammer spur. Accompanied by one orig two-tone magazine and two all blue L-code magazines. This pistol was produced in 1915 as part of a 500 gun contract. Navy 1911s while occasionally are encountered are rarely found with high orig finish. Their exposure to salt atmosphere quickly deteriorated the finish. On top of which few survive with many having been lost at sea. CONDITION: Very fine, all orig. Slide retains 96-97% strong orig blue with light muzzle end and sharp edge wear; frame retains 70-75% orig blue, strong and bright on the upper part of the frame showing wear on front strap & spring housing. Grips are sound, showing moderate diamond point wear with a couple of chipped diamonds. Mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore. Two tone magazine is fine with a series of scratches and retains about 75% orig finish. Blue magazines are extremely fine showing very light wear. 4-55421 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2144

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2145

*RARE 1ST NAVY CONTRACT COLT MODEL 1911 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 810. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue finish with 5″ bbl, orig fixed sights with thin front blade and rnd top rear sight. Slide has standard markings on left side with “1911” last patent date and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Right side of slide is marked “MODEL OF 1911 U.S. NAVY”. Left side of frame has the “WGP” (Major Walter G. Penfield) inspector initials. Right side of frame has the SN in the forward position and is stamped hand “DEL” just forward of the slide lock stud hole. Mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips and accompanied by an extremely rare, orig, 2-tone, 1st Model lanyard loop magazine with exposed base. This pistol was part of the very first Navy contract in 1912. Very few of these early pistols survive today with most either lost at sea or altered in some manner, many of which were accurized for target shooting. Pistol has early attributes including short grip safety. CONDITION: Very good.  Overall retains about all of a re-dipped finish with fine pinprick pitting around left grip and numerous small nicks on the slide & front strap; slide lock & thumb safety may be replacements. Mechanics are fine, worn bore with fine pitting. Magazine is mostly a light blue/gray patina. 4-55333 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 2145

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2146

*RARE EARLY COLT MODEL 1911 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL WITH EARLY HOLSTER.

SN 35163. Cal. .45 ACP. Usual configuration with 5″ bbl marked on top of skirt “H / P” perpendicular to the bore. Left side of is lug marked with a small “T”. Left side of frame has the “WGP” (Major Walter G. Penfield) inspector initials and left front side of frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY”. Slide has usual markings with the last patent date of 1911 on left side. Mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips & accompanied by one orig 2-tone magazine. Also accompanied by a rare Rock Island Arsenal 1912 dated swivel holster with a large “US” in an oval on the flap. Leg strap is missing. Additionally accompanied by a spare, orig replacement military bbl with a “P” proof on left side of lug. Further accompanied by a 1918 dated green canvas magazine pouch containing two magazines, one military and one commercial. This pistol was produced for the 1st military contract of 1913. Undoubtedly it would have been issued during WWI, so it is amazing to find it with such high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Slide retains 97-98% crisp orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear & a few small freckles of rust. Frame is of equal condition with some dulling & a wear spot on front strap. Spring housing is a grey-brown patina. Grip safety, thumb safety, slide lock & hammer retain most of their orig blue. Grips are crisp showing only faint diamond point wear with a couple of chipped diamonds. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 2-tone magazine is fine having been lightly cleaned on back edge. Holster is very fine to extremely fine showing light crackling on extension & some fading on the flap. Markings on back are crisp. Other accessories are equally fine. 4-56446 (6,500-9,000) – Lot 2146

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2147

*VERY RARE COLT TRANSITION MODEL 1911/1911A1 MILITARY SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 701736. Cal. .45 ACP. Blue finish with 5″ military bbl that has had the skirt polished bright. Left side of bbl lug is marked with an “8” and “P”. Slide has usual markings with Rampant Colt in the center on left side and “MODEL OF 1911 U.S. ARMY” on right side. It has orig fixed sights & has a tiny “H” at the top rear in the hammer slot. Frame has the “WTG” (Major Walter T. Gorton) inspector mark on left side & the “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” marking on right side above SN. Right front web of trigger guard is stamped with a tiny “60”. It has standard checkered trigger with arched mainspring housing, long hammer spur & long grip safety spur. It is mounted with full checkered walnut grips and accompanied by one orig military 2-tone magazine. Finish is the brushed blue style of the 1911. This pistol was produced in 1924 and was in a shipment of 1,000 pistols to Springfield Armory on Feb 13, 1924 under contract #2462, dated June 12, 1923 for 10,000 “Improved Model Automatic Pistols, Caliber .45, Model 1911”. These pistols were not designated M1911A1 until May 20, 1926, retroactive to SN 700000 (source Colt .45 service Pistols, Clawson). This was the 1st production run of military government model pistols after the end of WWI in 1919 and the last produced until 1937. Very few of these pistols survive today in completely orig configuration with orig finish. Most of them saw hard service from the time they were produced, through WWII and into the 1970s until they were replaced by the Beretta. Many of them were sold through the DCM/NRA to members of gun clubs where they remained in service, even to today. Many of those pistols were altered to target configuration, further lessening the availability of orig pieces. Those pistols that were in service through WWII and Korea are usually found with replaced parts, slides, etc. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Slide retains about 98% crisp, orig blue with only light muzzle edge wear & a couple small scratches. Frame retains 97-98% crisp, orig blue with a few small scratches on left side above trigger & left front side. Grips are sound showing very light wear with very little staining & a couple of minor chipped diamonds. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Magazine is fine. A rare opportunity to own an orig transition pistol. 4-55311 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2147

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2148

*RARE MARTIALLY MARKED TRANSITION COLT MODEL 1911 A1 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 708465. Cal. .45 ACP. Brushed blue finished with 5″ National Match bbl. Slide has usual markings with orig fixed sights. Frame has the “WTG” (Major Walter Gorton) inspector initials on the left side. Right side has SN beneath a shallow milled slot which has removed “UNITED STATES PROPERTY”. Just back of right side finger relief cut is a tiny British proof mark of a crown over intertwined “GP”. There is a matching proof on the right rear of the slide. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips and accompanied by one orig 2-tone magazine. Also accompanied by a U.S. marked “ENGER-KRESS” shoulder holster of the type issued to flyers & tankers. This pistol was produced in 1924 as part of the order for 10,000 pieces for the government. This pistol incorporates most of the 1911 A1 features of finger relief cuts in the frame with long grip safety spur and checkered, arched spring housing. Hammer still has the long spur. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, as noted. Overall retains 96-97% of a fine redipped finish, probably accomplished when the U.S. Property marking was milled away. Pistol was not polished at that time, and retains its orig brushed texture. Grips show heavy wear & are probably not orig to this pistol. The replacement National Match bbl has a bright, shiny bore. Mechanics are crisp. Magazine retains about 75% orig finish. Holster is fine & shows light wear. 4-56477 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2148

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2149

*EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL SEMI-AUTO PISTOL ONE OF ONLY 2 KNOWN TO EXIST WITH SILVER FINISH.

SN c144603. Cal. 45 ACP. Rare full silver finish and standard configuration, 5″ bbl, orig fixed sights and full checkered walnut grips. Pistol is stamped “G” on top of frame near the disconnector hole. This indicates a post contract unfinished frame originally designated for military production which was put into the commercial production line and marked externally as commercial Government Model. Pistol has all 1911A1 features with finger relief cutouts by the trigger, short hammer spur, long grip safety spur and checkered, arched spring housing. Slide is matching numbered to the frame and the one accompanying magazine is also silver finished. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this pistol in cal. 45 with 5″ bbl, silver finish, type of stock is not listed, factory engraved and shipped to Murta Appleton & Co., Philadelphia, PA on Sep. 23, 1925 to factory order #10395/1 in a 1-gun shipment. Civilian Government Model pistols are not especially rare but those with special order features are exceedingly so. Although the factory letter states that this pistol was engraved, it is not, obviously a clerical error which was confirmed by the Colt Historian. Many special order and engraved Colts have been recorded as being shipped to Murta Appleton in the 1920s. We are aware of only one other Government model with this rare silver finish. PROVENANCE: Colt Factory Letter CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains about 98-99% bright silver finish with some fine pimpling on the front strap and on the magazine. Grips show faint diamond point wear. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore shows very little use. 4-54022 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2149

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2150

*COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL SEMI_AUTOMATIC PISTOL WITH BRITISH PROOFS.

SN C12052. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue finish with 5″ bbl, early style fixed sights with thin front blade and rnd top rear sight. Slide has usual markings with last patent date “1913”. Right side is marked “COLT AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE 45” with “GOVERNMENT MODEL” over the SN on right side of frame. Bbl, slide & frame have British proofs. Mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips and accompanied by one 2-tone military magazine. Given the authentic British proofs it is likely that this was a British Army issue pistol. It was produced in 1914 just at the onset of WWI and therefore, in all probability saw service in France during the war. The fact that it has survived with high orig finish is quite rare. CONDITION: Very fine. Slide retains 92-93% strong orig blue with holster wear primarily on the left side at the muzzle with light sharp edge wear and a series of small nicks; frame retains about 95% strong orig blue with holster wear on the front end and light sharp edge wear; front strap has a few light nicks and retains most of its orig blue; spring housing retains about 95% orig blue. Grips are extremely fine showing only light diamond point wear with a couple of chipped diamonds and a small gouge on right grip. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore; magazine is equally fine. 4-55334 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2150

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2151

*COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL THAT WAS ISSUED TO THE BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS.

SN C97867. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue finish with 5″ bbl, orig fixed sights and usual commercial markings with rampant Colt on left rear of slide. Mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips and accompanied by one orig military 2-tone magazine. Bbl is marked with British proofs which are also found on right rear edge of slide and adjacent on the frame. Front strap is stamped “RFC”. Only a few pistols with this marking are known. Being a war time issue (1917) it is likely this pistol would have been in service over the skies of France & Germany. As such it is unusual that this pistol survived at all, especially with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Slide retains about 95% bright orig blue with only muzzle end wear and some very fine sharp edge wear; frame retains about 90% bright orig blue with slight front end wear, a spot of pitting near the front end and thinning front strap over the “RFC” stamp area; the “RFC” stamp shows good honest wear around the raised edges; spring housing is a blue/gray patina. Grips are sound showing moderate wear on right side and light wear on left side with a few chipped diamonds. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; magazine is equally fine. 4-55335 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2151

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2152

*RARE COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL SEMI-AUTO PISTOL WITH SCHWARTZ SAFETY.

SN C199913. Cal. .45 ACP. Rare 1941 production commercial pistol with an orig 5″ bbl marked on lower left side “COLT 45 AUTO”. Slide has usual markings on both sides with orig fixed sights. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips & checkered, arched spring housing. Trigger is also checkered. Frame & slide have the Schwartz safety installed with a large “S” by the safety detent in the frame. Accompanied by one orig, high polish commercial magazine with marked base. This pistol was produced in late 1941 just before the onset of WWII. It is a small miracle that this pistol was not carried by a military person into combat as a private purchase weapon. Fortunately for the collecting fraternity it remained at home and although it has been fired, shows having been used very little. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine+, all orig. Overall retains about 99% crisp orig blue with only very fine scrapes from someone reassembling the pistol not knowing how to install the slide lock. Grips are crisp, showing no soil & only the most faint diamond point wear. Grip screws retain virtually all their orig blue. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore, has been fired but very little. Magazine is equally new with only slight wear. 4-56396 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 2152

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2153

*RARE PRE-WWII COLT SERVICE MODEL ACE SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN SM3354. Cal. .22 LR. Rare 1942 production Service Model Ace with 5″ floating chamber bbl. Slide has usual markings with orig thick serrated front sight & orig Stevens adjustable rear sight. Frame has “W.B.” (Col. Waldemar Broberg) inspector initials in a rectangle on the left side. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips and accompanied by one orig all blue Service Model Ace magazine. This pistol was produced on order for the military as a training device and has scarce bright commercial charcoal blue finish, whereas most of the wartime produced Ace pistols were Parkerized. The floating chamber design was supposed to simulate recoil of a .45 cartridge. These military Ace pistols usually saw hard service and are rarely found in high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine+, all original. Overall retains 98-99% crisp orig charcoal blue with only a couple small spots of rust on right side of slide. Front strap, spring housing & grip safety appear crisp & new. Grips are equally crisp & new with no visible flaws. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Magazine shows only light wear. A fine rare pistol. 4-56397 (6,500-9,000) – Lot 2153

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2154

*COLT MODEL 1908 GENERAL OFFICER’S PISTOL, BELT & HOLSTERS THAT BELONGED TO MAJ. GEN. JONATHAN L. HOLMAN.

SN M137253. Cal. 380 ACP. All blue finish with 3-3/4″ bbl, fixed sights with standard slide markings and rampant Colt at left rear end. Right side of frame, above trigger guard is marked “U.S. PROPERTY”. Left rear side of framehas a tiny ordnance wheel and it is mounted with full checkered, rampant Colt silver medallion walnut grips. Accompanied by one orig 2-tone magazine with marked base plate which is also stamped “M”. SN is in usual position above the trigger on left side and has a hand stamped “M” prefix. Also accompanied by Gen. Holman’s General Officer’s brown leather Hickok belt with gold plated wreath & tongue buckle, a matching brown leather holster for this pistol and a brown leather 45 Automatic holster with gold washed stud, rivets & wire hanger. Additionally accompanying is a Colt factory letter which identifies this pistol in caliber 380 with 3-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, sold to the U.S. Government and shipped to Springfield Armory Nov. 9, 1944 to Order #4897 in a 649 gun shipment. Under remarks section the letter states that the pistol was shipped without “M” prefix, however their records indicate that about Dec. 1944 a number of these pistols were returned to Colt for rework and it was at that time that the “M” prefix was added. Given that this pistol is not refinished it seems likely that it received the “M” stamp prior to leaving the factory. Also accompanying is a War Dept. shipping document to Brig. Gen. Holman shipping him the belt, buckle, two General Officer’s holsters and a belt slide. Additionally accompanying is a large volume of paperwork detailing Gen. Holman’s military career. He was born Dec. 6, 1897 and graduated West Point in 1918. He was assigned to Fort Bliss, TX and participated in the fight against Pancho Villa under Gen. Pershing. He was promoted through the ranks until reaching Major in April 1940, Lt. Colonel in June 1941, and Colonel in March 1942 and Brig. General in Feb. 1943. He was ultimately promoted to Maj. General in March 1953. In Jan. 1942 he was sent on secret orders in a blacked out ship to Australia where he was the Ordnance Officer in the Southwest Pacific area, a position he maintained until Sept. 1943 during which time he participated in the campaigns of the East Indies, Papuan & New Guinea. In Oct. 1943 he was appointed Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Services of Supply, Southwest Pacific area during which time he participated in the campaigns in New Guinea, Southern Philippines, Leyte & Luzon. He remained in the Philippines until Oct. 1945. He was assigned to various postings until Aug. 1948 when he was assigned as the Commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. In July 1952 a position he held until he retired in June 1956. He died in April 1975. Gen. Holman earned the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star & Mexican Service Medal along with several other military decorations. Also accompanying are two copies of photos of Gen. Holman, one when he was a 1st Lt. in the Field Artillery and the other as a Maj. General in Jan. 1956. PROVENANCE: U.S. General Officer Pistols: A Collectors Guide by Kevin Williams and Dr. John W Brunner (Phillips Publications, NJ 2014) Gun is listed on pp. 24 and 78 as being issued to BG Jonathan Lane Holman. Gun is accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this pistol in Caliber 380 with 3 -3/4” bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, sold to U.S. Government and shipped to Springfield Armory “For: Commanding Officer” on Nov. 9, 1944 to Order #4897 in shipment of 649 same type of guns. Included in this same shipment was the pistol of Brigadier General Terrence John Tully also being offered in this auction. Documents pertaining to this exact pistol belt, General Officer’s buckle, and holsters and this pistol which will accompany the pistol itself are shown on pp 9 and 10 of U.S. General Officer Pistols: A Collectors’ Guide. CONDITION: Pistol is extremely fine, retaining about 96-97% crisp orig blue with light muzzle end and sharp edge wear and some light dulling on front & back straps. Grips are sound showing very light wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore; magazine is equally new. Belt & buckle are extremely fine; 45 holster appears to be new & unused; 380 holster has some minor wrinkles with a couple of small scratches and all the leather retains about all of its orig brown finish. 4-55190 (4,500-7,500) – Lot 2154

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2155

*IDENTIFIED MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1908 GENERAL OFFICER’S POCKET PISTOL.

SN 137422. Cal. 380 ACP. All blue finish with 3-3/4″ bbl, fixed sights and usual slide markings with rampant Colt at left rear end. Right side of frame, above trigger guard is marked “U.S. PROPERTY”. Left rear end of frame is marked with a tiny ordnance wheel. Mounted with full checkered, silver medallion rampant Colt walnut grips. Accompanied by one all blue magazine with marked base plate. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this pistol in caliber 380 with 3-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, sold to U.S. Government and shipped to Springfield Armory “For: Commanding Officer” on Nov. 9, 1944 to Order #4897 in a shipment of 649 same type guns. Additionally accompanied by a notarized statement of Terence John Tully Alford who states that this pistol, identified by SN belonged to his grandfather, Brig. Gen. Terrence John Tully who passed away in 1978. Pistol has remained in the possession of the family since that time until it was sold in 2010. Also accompanied by an official U.S. Army photograph, and as marked on the back side, of Brig. Gen. Tully, dated “Italy, March 1944”. Gen. Tully, in the picture has Signal Corps emblems on his lapels. Gen. Tully was born in 1900 and was a graduate of West Point, Class of 1920. He rose through the ranks to become Brigadier General on Feb. 23, 1944. Gen. Tully served at various posts around the U.S. and the Philippines until 1940 when he was assigned to Fort Benning, GA as the Div. Signal Officer, 4th Div. and was transferred to Camp Gordon, GA in the same capacity until May 1942 when he became Corps Signal Officer at Jacksonville, FL. In June 1942 he was ordered to the North African Theater of Operations as Corps Signal Officer. In October 1944 he returned to the U.S. and was assigned to Washington, D.C. in 1945. Gen. Tully received the Legion of Merit Medal and the Army Distinguished Service Medal for his duties in WWII between 1942 and 1944. PROVENANCE: U.S. General Officer Pistols: A Collectors Guide by Kevin Williams and Dr. John W Brunner (Phillips Publications, NJ 2014) Gun is listed on pp. 24 and 100 as being issued to BG Terrence John Tully.  Gun is accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this pistol in Caliber 380 with 3 -3/4” bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, sold to U.S. Government and shipped to Springfield Armory “For: Commanding Officer” on Nov. 9, 1944 to Order #4897 in shipment of 649 same type of guns.  Included in this shipment was the pistol of Brigadier General Jonathan Lane Holman also being sold in this auction. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains about 97-98% crisp orig blue with the only losses several freckles of rust on right side of slide with a few tiny pinpricks on left side. Grips are crisp with one small bruise on right side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; appears to be new & unfired; magazine is equally new. 4-55191 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 2155

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2156

*LOT OF THREE MODERN AMERICAN HANDGUNS OWNED & CARRIED BY FBI SPECIAL AGENT GEORGE H. FRANKLIN.

1) Cal. 38 S&W. SN 46822. Smith & Wesson Terrier DA Revolver. Blue finish with 2″ bbl that has integral half moon front sight with rear sight a groove in top strap. Revolver is I-frame style, 5-screw with diamond checkered, silver medallion rnd butt grips matching numbered to this revolver. Trigger & hammer are color case hardened. Trigger is smooth & hammer has been bobbed. Also accompanied by a Smith & Wesson pancake holster. Accompanied by a Smith & Wesson factory letter which identifies this revolver as a “Chief Special Pre-Model 36″ revolver in caliber 38 Spcl., shipped June 29, 1954 to Sloan’s Sporting Goods, New York, NY with 2″ bbl, blue finish, checkered walnut grips & fixed sights. Consignor returned this letter to Smith & Wesson for a correction which has not arrived. 2) Cal. 38 Spcl. SN 579739. Colt Detective Special DA Revolver. Blue finish with 2” bbl, integral front sight and groove rear sight in top strap. Mounted with full checkered, rampant Colt silver medallion walnut grips and a Mershon grip adapter. Grips are numbered on inside “3584”. Also accompanied by a nicely tooled brown leather holster made by “Wolf / Albuquerque”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 38 Spcl. with 2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Zork Hardware Co., Albuquerque, New Mexico on Feb. 23, 1951 in a 4-gun shipment. 3) Cal. 45 ACP. SN 549608. Colt Model 1911 Martially Marked Semi-Auto Pistol. Blue finish with 5″ bbl and replaced fixed sights. Slide has usual markings with last patent date “1911”. Right side of slide has the U.S. Army marking. Mounted with replacement diamond checkered walnut grips. Hammer is orig long spur with short grip safety tang. Flat main spring housing has been checkered. Accompanied by one orig 2-tone lanyard loop magazine. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which lists this pistol in caliber 45 with 5″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, shipped to U.S. Government Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 28, 1919 in a 3,600 gun shipment. Each of the three firearms above are individually accompanied by a notarized statement from consignor stating that each handgun, identified by SN, was used by his father, George H. Franklin, during his service as a special agent with the FBI, Bernalillo County, NM, Deputy Sheriff (1921-22), Albuquerque Police Officer (1922-32), Bureau of Investigation (Pre-FBI 1932-35), FBI (1935-56), First Director of Public Safety, City of Albuquerque (1957-59) and New Mexico State Liquor Director (1961-65). Also accompanied by several photographs of Mr. Franklin, individually and with groups of other agents including one with him holding a Thompson sub-machine gun. Additionally accompanied by a letter accepting Mr. Franklin’s retirement from the FBI dated May 8, 1956 over the signature of J.Edgar Hoover. Additionally accompanying is a memorial obituary for Mr. Franklin. Also accompanying is a newspaper clipping showing his appointment as City Safety Director, a letter appointing him as Public Safety Director for Albuquerque, a telegram to Mr. Franklin notifying him of his appointment to the FBI dated 12 Sept. 1932 and a letter to Congressman Dennis Chavez dated Sept. 10, 1932 notifying the Congressman of Mr. Franklin’s appointment over the signature of Mr. Hoover. CONDITION: 1) Very fine, all matching. Overall retains about 95% orig blue showing sharp edge wear and a light cyl line; trigger & hammer retain strong case colors; grips are sound showing moderate wear; mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Holster is fine showing moderate wear. 2) Very fine. Overall retains 93-95% strong orig blue showing muzzle end and front edge of cyl wear with a light cyl line; grips are sound showing heavy wear; mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Holster shows moderate wear. 3) Fine. Overall retains 95-96% restored blue finish; grips are near new; mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-55184 (3,000-6,000) – Lot 2156

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2157

*COLT “FITZ-STYLE” BANKERS SPECIAL DA REVOLVER.

SN 341117. Cal 38 S&W. Blue finish with 2″ bbl, fixed sights and mounted with rampant Colt silver medallion, 2-pc walnut grips. The trigger guard has had the front 1/3 cut away to give quick access to the trigger and the hammer spur has been bobbed and front sight rounded. Colt “VP” proof is not visible. J. Henry Fitzgerald was a Colt employee 1918-1944 and apparently was a very flamboyant character. He was a firearms expert, instructor, lecturer and author, primarily involving the rapid employment of firearms in the line of duty, to police officers and undercover operatives. Fitzgerald designed the cutaway, short-barreled revolvers for concealed carry, known as the “Fitz Special”, as found here. Factory modified examples are thought to number under 100 and are noted in the factory records with “Special Features”. Accompanied by a scarce Heiser spring shoulder holster from which the shoulder straps have been cut. PROVENANCE: There are no Colt factory records for this gun. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 98% crisp blue showing only sharp edge wear. Has been fired but very little. Mechanics are crisp. Bright, shiny bore. Holster, as noted is fine. 4-53693 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 2157

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2158

*RARE CUSTOM MARTZ BABY LUGER PISTOL WITH THREE MAGAZINES AND HOLSTER & MAG POUCH.

SN 1870B. Cal. 9mm, 2-1/2″ unnumbered bbl, 1916 above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. “M S T R” on left frame rail. “JVM” in oval & “146” in oval on frame under sideplate. Small parts including trigger, take down lever have numbers that do not match. This is typical of Martz custom Lugers. Checkered high grade walnut grips with wide borders that are marked “GKS 13 MAR.1995” above “JVM” in oval on backs. Three original “JVM” in oval marked wood bottom magazines numbered 1,2 & 3. With black textured leather Mitch Rosen holster and mag pouch. All in a foam padded black plastic case that is not original to the gun. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 98% bright Martz blue and 95% Martz straw. Grips are lightly worn and show beautiful wood grain. Magazines are excellent with a crack in the wood bottom of magazine No. 1. Bore is lightly worn. Holster and mag pouch are in near new condition. Plastic case is excellent. Mechanics are excellent. 4-54047 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2158

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2159

*EXCEPTIONAL 1900 AMERICAN EAGLE US TEST TRIALS LUGER PISTOL.

SN 6506. Cal. 7.65, 4-3/4″ bbl with full SN on bottom. American Eagle above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Dished toggles with toggle lock. Proper test trials range SN on front of frame. Take down lever is numbered on right side, which is proper for the 1,000 test trial guns. All numbered parts are matching including the checkered walnut grips. Grip safety. Proper plain wood bottom magazine. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 95% blue and 80% straw. There are minor dings on front grip strap most likely from a ring on finger. Finish on bbl has been restored to new. Grips are lightly worn and oil soaked. Magazine has very little wear. Bore is lightly frosted. Mechanics are very fine. 4-53735 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2159

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2160
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Please note there is a typographical error: The SN states Z660i. It should be 2660i.

*VERY RARE ABERCROMBIE & FITCH LUGER PISTOL.

SN 2660i. Cal. 7.65mm, 4-3/4″ bbl with stepped back front sight block, matching SN on bottom and two line “ABERCROMBIE & FITCH Co NEW YORK/MADE IN SWITZERLAND” on top. Swiss cross in sunburst above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Vertical Crown/N proof next to SN on left receiver. Full “i” suffix SN on front of frame. Correct reinforcing rib in rear frame well. Grip safety. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Proper unnumbered wood bottom magazine. CONDITION: Very fine retaining 93% blue and 90% straw with normal wear and areas of scattered frosting. Grips are moderately worn and dark. Magazine has little wear. Bore is bright and sharp. Mechanics are very fine. 4-53850 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2160

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2161
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Please note there is a typographical error: The SN states Z717i. It should be 2717i.

*VERY RARE ABERCROMBIE & FITCH 9MM LUGER PISTOL.

SN 2717i. Cal. 9mm, 4-3/4″ bbl with proper stepped back front sight block and matching SN on bottom. Top is marked “ABERCROMBIE & FITCH Co NEW YORK MADE IN SWITZERLAND”. Swiss cross in sunburst above chamber, DWM scroll on center toggle link, 4-digit SN on left receiver, proper “i” suffix SN on front of frame. Correct reinforcing rib in rear frame well. Grip safety. Numbered parts are matching. Checkered walnut grips are unnumbered. “GERMANY” marked unnumbered wood bottom magazine. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 98% original blue and 97% original straw. Grips are lightly worn with nice visible wood grain. Magazine has very little wear. Bore is bright and sharp. Mechanics are excellent. 4-53740 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2161

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2162

*EXTREMELY RARE 1906 SWISS COMMERCIAL LUGER SOLD THROUGH ABERCROMBIE & FITCH.

SN 3191i. Cal. 30 Luger. Fine example of a 1906 Swiss commercial with 4-3/4″ bbl, Swiss type front sight, marked on the top of bbl “ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO. NEW YORK / MADE IN SWITZERLAND”. Bottom of bbl has the SN parallel to the bore. Chamber area of receiver is marked with the Swiss cross in a sunburst. Toggle link has the intertwined “DWM” trademark. Pistol is built on a long frame with grip safety. Thumb safety in the up position exposes a bright panel. Mounted with unnumbered full checkered walnut grips. None of the parts have a proof mark. Accompanied by one orig, unmarked Swiss wood base magazine with metal insert. According to various publications there were 100 of these pistols sold to Abercrombie & Fitch by Hammererli of Lenzburg who had imported them from the old “DWM” company which was operating under the name “BIKW”. These pistols were shipped without bbls. The Swiss fabricated the bbls as found here. There were 51 of these pistols in cal 7.65 (30 Luger) and 49 in 9mm. Only a few survive today in any form. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except firing pin, grips & magazine which are all correctly unnumbered. Overall retains 96-98% crisp orig blue with a heavier rust blue on the Swiss bbl. Pistol shows light muzzle end and sharp edge wear with thinning on high point of side plate. Straw colored parts retain strong, light gold finish showing wear on the trigger face and lock bolt. Grips are equally new with only a small holster bruise on the right side and about two chipped diamonds with no hand oil staining. Grips show light wood grain. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Shows little or no use. Magazine is fine. 4-56081 (8,000-15,000) – Lot 2162

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2163

*EXCEPTIONAL DWM STOEGER AMERICAN EAGLE “SAFE & LOADED” LUGER WITH COMMERCIAL HOLSTER.

SN 96006. Cal. 30 Luger. Exceptional Stoeger Luger with 6″ bbl and orig front sight. Chamber area of receiver is marked with the American eagle and the toggle link intertwined “DWM”. Right side of receiver is marked “A.F.STOEGER INC / NEW YORK”. Right side of receiver is also marked toward the rear “GERMANY” in tiny letters. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Also accompanying is an orig wood base magazine also marked “GERMANY”. Additionally accompanied by an exceptional, orig brown leather holster marked on the back “L.Z.A.” over a spread winged eagle which surmounts “H.STRASSBURG”. Front of holster, near the top is marked “WILH. DOLL / KARLSRUHE”. Front edge of the holster has a cleaning rod pocket containing an orig steel cleaning rod with turned, barrel-shaped wood handle. According to Lugers at Random, Kenyon, there were as few as 100 of these pistols produced in three different bbl lengths for Stoeger in the mid 1930s. While one of these pistols is occasionally encountered they are almost never found to be in pristine condition with a rare orig commercial holster. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine plus, all matching including grips & firing pin. Overall retains about 99% crisp orig finish with only slight muzzle end and sharp edge wear. Grips are crisp with faint diamond point wear and are a beautiful light walnut color with wood grain showing through. Magazine is equally new and properly unnumbered. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Holster is sound with slight crackling to the flap and wear on the strap. Cleaning rod is very fine. 4-56129 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2163

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2164

*BEAUTIFUL DWM 1906 AMERICAN EAGLE LUGER PISTOL.

SN 66946. Cal. 7.65 mm, 4-3/4″ bbl with Crown/N proof and full SN on bottom. American Eagle above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Horizontal Crown/N proofs on toggle assembly and left receiver. “GERMANY” export marked below SN on front of frame. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Matching parts on gun are matching. Grip safety. Proper unnumbered wood bottom magazine. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 99% blue with light silvering on sharp edges and corners. Straw is 97% with some areas of minor frosting. Grips are lightly worn with visible wood grain. Magazine has very little wear. Bore is bright and sharp. This gun has seen little use since it was purchased over 100 years ago. Mechanics are excellent. 4-53995 (4,500-7,500) – Lot 2164

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2165

*EXCEPTIONAL CASED MODEL 1902 DWM LUGER CARBINE OF SIR J. BUCHANAN-JARDINE.

SN 21646. Cal. .30 Luger. Usual configuration with 11-13/16″ tapered rnd bbl, ramp front sight & 4-position rear sight graduated 1, 2, & 3 with a half point stop between 2 & 3. Frame is long style with grip safety & flat bolt, dished toggles & unmarked extractor. Area under the safety, when in the up position, is polished bright. Small parts are straw colored. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips, a checkered schnable-tip forearm with sling swivel, all matching numbered to this pistol. Accompanied by one orig wood base magazine that has a small flaming bomb proof on the bottom. Also accompanied by its orig, matching numbered walnut stock with checkered straight wrist & serrated horn buttplate with tab. Bottom of stock also has a sling swivel. There were about 2,500 of these pistols produced for sale in Germany, Europe and the U.S.. Accompanied by a red felt-lined, russet brown leather & oak trunk casing, French fitted in the bottom for the pistol, stock and an orig Luger barrel-end brass cleaning rod. Inside the lid has a small pink leather label marked “DEUTSCHE WAFFEN=UND / MUNITIONSFABRIKEN / KARLSRUHE I.B.”. Top of the lid is embossed “Sir J. BUCHANAN-JARDINE”. Case is complete with carrying handle & straps. Sir John William Buchanan-Jardine, 1900-1969, was educated at at Eton Royal Military College, Sandhurst and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a captain in the Royal Horse Guards and saw service during WWII. He was also the head of Jardine Matheson Co., one of the largest British firms in China. Jardine Matheson was multifaceted, involved in imports & exports, merchandising & manufacturing, insurance & investment, textiles & engineering. Their head office was in Hong Kong with subsidiary offices in London, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand and Australia. At one time, he was chosen as the “World’s best dressed man” by Savile-Rowe Tailors. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including grips, forearm & stock, magazine is properly unnumbered. Bbl & receiver retain 95-96% strong orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and a spot of wear from the forearm. Bolt & toggle system retain about 99% orig blue. Frame retains 95-96% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear & dulling of the blue on front & backstraps. Small parts retain strong straw colors showing wear on trigger face. Grips are crisp showing nice wood grain with very light staining & a few tiny chipped diamonds. Forearm shows light to moderate wear. Stock is sound with a series of small dings on right side & series of small bruises on left side, and overall retains most of its orig hand-rubbed oil finish. Stock iron retains about all of its orig blue. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some very minor roughness that may clean. 4-54073 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2165

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2166

*EXCEPTIONAL 1902 LUGER CARBINE WITH MATCHING NUMBERED STOCK.

SN 50039. Cal. 30 Luger. Fine carbine with 11-3/4″ bbl, replacement ramp mounted brass bead front sight and ramp rear sight graduated 1-2-3. top of receiver ring is unmarked and the toggle link has the intertwined “DWM” trademark, with dished toggles. Frame has the extension for the forearm and has a grip safety. Bottom position under the safety is bright metal. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips that are unnumbered. Also mounted with a tapered, checkered, schnable tipped forearm with sling swivel. Accompanied by its orig, matching numbered shoulder stock with checkered straight grip and serrated horn buttplate with teat and a sling swivel. Also accompanied by one orig wood base magazine marked with a tiny flaming bomb proof. While these Luger carbines are occasionally encountered, they are rare, with only about 2,500 produced. This was Luger’s idea for competing with fixed stock carbines of the era. It could be carried in a compact holster which contained the pistol & buttstock in separate pouches, occasionally with spare magazine pouches and a shoulder strap. A large majority of the production was sold on the commercial market in Europe. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except firing pin & grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains 96-98% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear; grip safety has been refinished; small parts retain bright straw colors, lightly to moderately faded on thumb safety. Grips show light diamond point wear with a couple of tiny chipped diamonds. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Stock & forearm are sound with a small bruise on each and a couple of scratches on buttstock and are in matching condition to the pistol. Altogether a fine collectible carbine. 4-56135 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2166

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2167

*SPECTACULAR 1902 LUGER CARBINE.

SN 24005. Cal. 30 Luger. Usual configuration with 11-3/4″ bbl, orig, ramp mounted front sight and ramp rear sight marked 1-2-3. Top of receiver ring is unmarked and the toggle link has the intertwined “DWM” trademark. Breech block is unnumbered. The area under the thumb safety in the down position is bright metal. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips with beautiful wood grain showing through. It also has a matching condition tapered, checkered schnable tipped forearm with sling swivel. Accompanied by an orig walnut Luger carbine stock with checkered straight grip and serrated horn buttplate. Stock has a sling swivel. Stock iron is numbered “615”. Also accompanied by an orig black leather carbine sling with steel roller buckle. Additionally accompanied by one orig wood base magazine marked with a small flaming bomb proof. Apparently the majority of these carbines were sold commercially in Europe with few ever reaching the shores of America. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grips & firing pin which are unnumbered. Stock is also not matching. Overall the metal retains about 99% crisp orig blue with only the most faint sharp edge wear at the muzzle end. Grips show very faint diamond point wear with one small chip on the top right side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Stock is equally new and has a hairline in the top of the heel, otherwise is sound with a couple of small bruises and retains most of its orig factory varnish on the wood and blue on the steel. Sling is fine, sound & supple, capable of being used. 4-56134 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2167

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2168

*RARE 1902 LUGER CARBINE WITH STOCK.

SN 24200. Cal. 7.65mm, 11-3/4″ bbl with long ramp front sight and multi-position rear sight. BUG proofs and full SN on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. BUG proofs on toggle assembly and receiver. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Full SN in bottom of forearm tang. Grip safety. Checkered walnut grips and checkered walnut forearm with sling swivel are unnumbered. Proper plain wood bottom magazine with very well made reproduction checkered walnut stock that is unnumbered. CONDITION: Professional restoration retaining 98% blue and 95% straw. Grips are lightly worn with visible wood grain. Magazine has very little wear. Bore is bright and sharp. Stock is in near new condition. Mechanics are fine. 4-53737 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2168

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2169

*SCARCE MODEL 1920 LUGER CARBINE.

SN 42. Cal. 30 Luger. Long frame configuration with 12″ tapered rnd bbl, ramp mounted front sight and ramp rear sight graduated 1-2-3. Chamber area of receiver is unmarked and the toggle link has the intertwined “DWM” trademark. Left front side of frame is marked “MADE IN GERMANY”. Frame also has a grip safety and in the thumb safety recess has had the lower position “GESICHERT” marking milled away with no marking applied in the top position. Bbl & receiver are numbered “42”. Frame also has the number “42” in the well. Trigger, lock bolt, side plate & rear toggle are numbered “28”. Extractor is marked “GELADEN”. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips with pencil number “42” inside each grip and a checkered, tapered, schnable tip forearm that also has number “42” in the frame extension recess. Accompanied by one orig, unmarked wood base magazine. Also accompanied by an orig light walnut Luger stock with serrated black composition buttplate and attaching iron, apparently from another type of stock with number “5445a”. Stock & forearm have sling swivels. Very few of these assembled carbines were produced and were sold commercially in Europe and the U.S. CONDITION: Extremely fine, numbered as noted above. Overall retains about 99% crisp reworked finish with only faint sharp edge wear and some minor wear from the forearm contact with the bbl. Grips are crisp with faint diamond point wear and show little hand oil staining. Small parts retain most of their reworked straw colors. Wood is sound with the forearm showing very light diamond point wear and the stock moderate wear with nicks, scratches & bruises. Stock iron is a poor fit. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. 4-56136 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 2169

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2170

*RARE UNIT MARKED 1917 LUGER ARTILLERY RIG WITH MATCHING STOCK & MAGAZINE.

SN 8875. Cal. 9mm, 8″ bbl with multi-position adjustable rear sight and full SN on bottom. 1917 date above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Imperial proofs on right receiver. All numbered parts are matching. Checkered beech grips. Front grip strap is stamped “R.J.R.222.1.2.” (Reserve Infantry Regiment). Original matching wood bottom magazine. Original matching numbered walnut stock with black 1917 dated holster with attaching straps. Holster contains original Imperial proof tool and proper cleaning rod. CONDITION: Very fine retaining 97% blue and 80% straw with scattered light frosting. Grips are lightly worn and retain original color. Bore has light frosting. Stock is very good with minor dings and dents. Corners and sharp edges are worn. Holster is solid with light flaking and cracking and minor scuffs. Stitching has not been dyed. Take down tool is lightly pitted. Cleaning rod shows normal wear. Mechanics are fine. 4-53852 (5,500-10,500) – Lot 2170

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2171

*DWM 1917 ARTILLERY LUGER PISTOL WITH ORIGINAL STOCK & HOLSTER RIG.

SN 5224. Cal. 9mm. Fine complete rig with 7-7/8″ tapered round bbl and fine-tune sights. Chamber area of the receiver is marked 1917 and toggle link has the intertwined “DWM” trademark. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Accompanied by an orig, period wood-base magazine numbered “6929”. Also accompanied by its orig matching numbered board stock with matching numbered iron and a fine brown leather holster with orig shoulder straps. Pocket inside lid of holster has an orig takedown tool and front pocket has an orig steel cleaning rod with turned barrel-shaped wood handle. While artillery Lugers are not especially scarce, complete matching rigs are rare. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all-matching including sights & grips, except magazine as noted. Overall metal retains about 97% strong orig blue with only light wear on front sight bolster & high point of sideplate. Small parts retain most of their orig straw colors, slightly thinned on thumb safety arm. Grips may have been cleaned, however given the overall condition of this pistol, may be orig. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bore, appears to be unfired. Magazine is equally fine. Stock & holster are sound with the holster having been polished a long time ago, showing light crackling on the lid & top strap. Shoulder straps are soft & supple, but show wear. Tools are fine. All together a fine orig rig. 4-56506 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 2171

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2171a

*VERY RARE 1900 SWISS SPECIAL ASSEMBLY UNRELIEVED LUGER PISTOL.

SN 55 (Assembly#). Cal. 30, 4-3/4″ bbl with no proofs or SNs. Swiss cross in sunburst above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Toggle assembly parts each have different numbers. Receiver has no proofs and is numbered on the stop lug. Unrelieved frame is unnumbered and has no proofs. “Hf” is inscribed in cursive inside frame above magazine well. Early flap checkered safety. Trigger and grip safety have different numbers. Early flat buttoned wood bottom magazine for unrelieved frame. Some of the first Swiss Lugers were sent in the white and unnumbered for the Swiss to number and assemble for issue. This gun was most likely assembled out of available parts and smuggled out of the factory by someone, who’s initials may have been Hf? CONDITION: Very fine plus. Pistol retaining 95% blue and 85% straw with some light scattered frosting. Grips are sound with lightly worn checkering. Bore is bright and sharp. Mechanics are fine. Original magazine is very good with scattered corrosion on bottom and very little wear on bottom. 4-54042 (10,000-20,000) – Lot 2171a

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2172

*FINE 1900 DWM SWISS LUGER PISTOL.

SN 3338. Cal. 30 Luger. Beautiful military Swiss Luger with 4-3/4″ bbl, Swiss front sight with a small Geneva cross on left side. Chamber area of receiver is marked with a cross in a sunburst and the toggle link is marked with the intertwined DWM trademark. Rear toggle link is also marked with a small Geneva cross, another of which is on the rear edge of receiver. Rear sight is in its orig “V” configuration. Left side of receiver has two Swiss proofs. Small parts are straw colored and frame has a later wide grip safety, thick, serrated thumb safety and orig narrow trigger. Frame is long type. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Accompanied by one orig wood base magazine with metal insert. According to various publications there were 3,000 to 5,000 of these pistols produced in several variations, this one being of the later type, probably a 4th variation. Regardless of the number produced they are rarely encountered in the U.S. today, especially without import marks. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including firing pin & grips. Overall retains about 99% crisp orig blue on the receiver & toggle/breechblock assembly. Front & back straps are a dull blue patina, otherwise frame retains most of its orig blue. Side plate shows light sharp edge wear. Grips are crisp & clean with only a very few tiny chips in the diamonds. Grip screws are a bright fire blue. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. May be unfired with a heavy glob of old grease in the bolt face. Magazine is equally fine. 4-56075 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2172

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2173

*SCARCE SWISS MODEL 1906/24 BERN LUGER PISTOL.

SN 24282. Cal. .30 Luger. Scarce Swiss Luger with 4-3/4″ tapered round bbl, Swiss front sight and V-notch rear sight as part of the toggle. Chamber area of the receiver is unmarked with the toggle link having the small Geneva cross over “WAFFENFABRIK / BERN”. Front of trigger bow is stamped “P59”. Mounted with orig checkered walnut grips with front & rear borders, matching numbered to this pistol. Accompanied by an orig wood base magazine matching numbered to this pistol. Additionally accompanied by an orig Swiss brown leather military flap holster that has orig shoulder strap. Maker’s name has been defaced from the rear side. Although this model was produced in fairly large quantities, it is not often encountered in the U.S. and of those usually found, they have been arsenal refinished. PROVENANCE: The Elliot Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine+, overall retains about 98-99% crisp orig finish with only light wear on highpoint of sideplate & faint sharp edge wear elsewhere. Receiver & frame are satin finish with bbl a slightly brighter blue. Small parts retain most of their orig straw colors, faded on face of trigger. Grips are sound, showing only faint diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Magazine & holster are fine. 4-56535 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2173

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2174

*VERY RARE MODEL 1906 MAUSER BANNER SWISS REWORK LUGER PISTOL.

SN 2939. Cal. 9mm. Rare Swiss rework of a German Luger pistol, probably seized from a defecting pilot or other interned military person. The methodical Swiss removed all German proofs & markings except the Mauser banner on the toggle link, then the pistol was refinished. At the same time the Swiss added a grip safety. They also replaced the firing pin with one that has Swiss proof mark. Extractor is marked “GELADEN” and the safety area of the frame has had “GESICHERT” milled away, leaving a long oval recess. Mounted with crisp, full checkered walnut grips which have Waffenampt eagle/135 stamped in the inside of left grip. Right grip is unmarked. Accompanied by one orig aluminum base blue body magazine with matching number and a small “1”. There is no reference available regarding the numbers of these pistols. Even so, they are extremely rare with only a few have been encountered. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except firing pin and grips as noted. Overall retains virtually all of its fine Swiss rust blue. Grips are crisp with wood grain showing through and only a very few chipped diamonds with light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Magazine is equally fine. 4-56119 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 2174

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2175

*SCARCE 1906/34 COMMERCIAL MAUSER BANNER SWISS LUGER PISTOL.

SN 3735v. Cal. 30 Luger. Rare Luger with 4-3/4″ bbl and Swiss front sight. Chamber area of the receiver has the Swiss cross in a sunburst and the toggle link has the Mauser banner. Frame is long style with eagle-N proof on receiver and breech block. It is equipped with grip safety and mounted with unnumbered, full checkered walnut grips. Accompanied by one orig Swiss magazine with wood base that has metal insert. There were only a few hundred and possibly as many as 1,800 of these pistols produced. They were reportedly manufactured for a Swiss sporting goods dealer for domestic sales. Regardless of the number produced these pistols are quite rare and seldom encountered. They are a most desirable addition to any collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grips & magazine as noted. Overall retains about 99% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle end and extremely faint sharp edge wear. Grips show light diamond point wear with a few chipped diamonds, no hand oil staining and have strong wood grain showing. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Has been fired, but very little. Magazine is fine. 4-56115 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2175

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2176

*RARE MAUSER BANNER SWISS WITH “KAL. 7,65” BARREL AND MATCHING MAGAZINE.

SN 3946V. Cal. 7.65, 4-3/4″ bbl with stepped back front sight block, “Kal. 7,65” on left side of bbl and 4-digit SN on bottom. Swiss cross in sunburst above chamber. Mauser banner on center toggle link. “v” suffix SN on front of frame. All numbered parts are matching including checkered walnut grips and aluminum bottom magazine. CONDITION: Excellent professional restoration, retaining 98% blue and 97% straw. Grips are sharp with visible wood grain. Magazine has very little wear. Mirror bore is bright and sharp. Mechanics are excellent. 4-53738 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2176

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2177

*SPECTACULAR EARLY MODEL 1900 COMMERCIAL LUGER PISTOL WITH IDEAL GRIPS AND HOLSTER.

SN 4367. Cal. 30 Luger. Rare early variation with 4-3/4″ bbl and orig front sight. Chamber area over the receiver is unmarked and the toggle link has the intertwined “DWM” trademark. Pistol has its orig narrow grip safety, orig flat thumb safety and orig narrow trigger. Breech block has the orig, unmarked, flat extractor with dished toggle and the old model toggle lock. Area under the safety is polished bright. Bottom of bbl, left side of receiver, breech block and front toggle have “BU” proofs. Bottom front of frame is marked “GERMANY”. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Accompanied by one orig, unmarked wood base magazine. Also accompanied by a set of Ideal grips and an orig steel & leather Ideal holster with collapsible stock. Leather part of the rig may be a replacement. According to Lugers at Random, Kenyon, there were approximately 5,500 of these pistols produced. In another publication Luger: The Multi-National Pistol, Kenyon, he states that they were produced 1900-1905 in the serial range 01 to 19,000. Given the low SN of this pistol it seems likely that it was manufactured in the first year or so of production. According to Luger Variations Vol. 1, Jones, reports that the serial range extended to 21,220 and that there were 6-8,000 manufactured in three variations, including straight commercial Swiss & American Eagle.Regardless these early Luger pistols are almost never found in orig configuration with many of them having been altered with the 1902 improvements. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except firing pin which is unnumbered. Overall retains about 98% crisp orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and very fine, light sharp edge wear on the receiver & frame. Breech block and toggle system retain virtually all of their orig blue. Strawed parts retain most of their orig straw colors, moderately faded on face of trigger. Left grip has a small gouge and a bruise, otherwise grips are sound showing only light diamond point wear with a few chipped diamonds and very little hand oil staining with some wood grain showing through. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Magazine is equally new. Ideal grips show nicks & scratches with a few bruises and retain a hand worn patina. Holster is missing a couple of small rivets with two other replaced rivets and also is missing a screw from the top extension tube, otherwise holster & frame are sound. Leather retains strong black finish shows no use. Steel frame retains a blue grey patina with strong blue on the belt clip. 4-56074 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2177

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2178

*VERY RARE, UNALTERED 1906 1ST VARIATION DWM NAVY LUGER PISTOL.

SN 2560. Cal. 9 mm. Usual configuration, 6″ tapered rnd bbl and orig front sight. Chamber area of receiver is unmarked and toggle link is marked with the intertwined “DWM” trademark. Rear link has the 100-200 meter sight. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Frame has a grip safety and “GESICHERT” thumb safety marking is on the bottom side. The second variation had this marking obliterated and placed in the upper position. Accompanied by one orig Kriegsmarine wood base magazine with SN 8312 and a crown “M” proof. Magazine base has concentric circles in the finger recesses. This model Navy Luger was produced in lesser quantities than ensuing models and is even more rare. The vast majority of this model was either lost at sea, had the 2nd type alteration or were converted Post WWI following the Treaty of Versailles. They are quite rare in any condition especially in the U.S. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including grips, except firing pin which is unnumbered and magazine. Overall retains 95-97% strong orig blue with light muzzle end wear and minor sharp edge wear; front strap is slightly dulled with some minor freckling and a worn spot on the toe; back strap, around the stock lug is a gray patina, otherwise bluing matches rest of pistol. Grips show moderate wear with several chipped diamonds and some dark hand oil staining. Small parts retain strong straw color, more faded on the thumb safety and lock bolt. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some minor frosting in the grooves just forward of the chamber. Magazine is equally fine. 4-56127 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2178

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2179

*VERY RARE 1906 2ND VARIATION NAVY LUGER PISTOL.

SN 1160a. Cal. 9 mm. Very rare pistol with 6″ bbl and orig front sight. Top of chamber on the receiver is unmarked and the toggle link has the “DWM” intertwined trademark. Rear link has the 200 meter sliding rear sight. Left side of receiver has the dbl crown “M” and crown proofs. Frame has grip safety and the thumb safety recess has the new applied “GESICHERT” in the top position with the orig “GESICHERT” in the bottom position partially obliterated. Back strap, below the grip safety, has Kriegsmarine unit marking “W.W. / 2100”. Accompanied by one orig matching numbered wood base magazine with a partially visible crown “M” proof. Magazine base has concentric circles in the finger recesses. Very few of these pistols survive today with most having been lost at sea or altered post WWI under the Treaty of Versailles. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except firing pin which is unnumbered. Overall retains 98-99% crisp orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and two small areas of blood pitting on the left side and a few more tiny spots on right side of front sight boss; there are a few more tiny freckles on top left front side of receiver; frame retains about 99% crisp orig blue; small parts retain most of their orig straw color, lightly faded on thumb safety & lock bolt; lock bolt has some tiny peen marks. Grips are sound showing light diamond point wear and a very few chipped diamonds with almost no oil staining and wood grain showing through. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore; magazine is equally fine; appears to be unfired. 4-56133 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2179

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2180

*RARE DWM 1908 NAVY LUGER PISTOL WITH MATCHING MAG.

SN 8047b. Cal. 9 mm. Usual configuration with 6″ tapered rnd bbl and orig front sight on a pedestal. Chamber area of the receiver is unmarked and the toggle link is marked with the intertwined “DWM” trademark. Rear link has the 100-200 meter sight. Left side of receiver has dbl crown “M” proofs and a crown proof. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips, matching numbered to this pistol. Grips show fine wood grain with very little oil staining. Accompanied by one orig matching numbered wood base Navy magazine with concentric circles in the finger recesses. Although this model was manufactured in fairly high numbers, very few survive today in any configuration with a large percentage of them having been lost at sea or converted post WWI after the Treaty of Versailles. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except firing pin which is unnumbered. Overall retains about 98% crisp orig blue with light muzzle end wear, some faint edge wear on the receiver & frame; left front edge of the frame has some light dimples which are also on the face of the lock bolt. Grips are extremely fine showing light diamond point wear, a little more pronounced on the right side. Small parts retain most of their orig straw colors, lightly faded on the thumb safety & lock bolt. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some light frosting. Magazine is equally fine with a small notch cut in the bottom. 4-56128 (5,000-7,500) – Lot 2180

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2181

*DWM 1917 NAVY LUGER PISTOL.

SN 1031a. Cal. 9 mm. Usual configuration with 6″ tapered rnd bbl, orig front sight with “1917” on left side of ramp. Chamber area of the receiver is marked “1917” and toggle link has the intertwined “DWM” trademark. Left side of receiver has three proof marks, two of which are crown over “M” and a crown. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips which are unnumbered. Rear toggle link has the Navy 100-200 meter rear sight. Left front side of receiver rail is also marked “1917”. Accompanied by one orig Kriegsmarine wood base magazine which has a crown “M” proof and SN “2450”. Although these Lugers were produced in large quantities (1914-1918) few survive today in any condition with a great majority having either been lost at sea or, altered post-WWI under the Treaty of Versailles. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except firing pin, which is unnumbered as are the grips. Overall retains 97-98% strong orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and some light sharp edge wear. Grips show very light diamond point wear with only light oil staining around the top edge, otherwise they are bright, clean walnut with only a few chipped diamonds. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with some fine frosting. Magazine shows light wear on the base, otherwise is equal condition to the pistol. 56132 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2181

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2182

*RARE DWM 1906 NAVY FIRST ISSUE ALTERED PISTOL.

SN 9008. Cal. 9mm, 6″ bbl with Crown/M proof and full SN on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. 100/200 meter adjustable Navy rear sight above rear toggle link. Crown/M proofs on left receiver. “GESICHERT” safety marking removed from lower position and added to upper position under safety lever. Grip safety numbers on gun are matching including checkered walnut grips. Plain wood bottom magazine has numbers that do not match. CONDITION: Fine retaining 95% blue. Finish appears to be from a WWI era arsenal, probably when the safety was altered. Straw is 50% with scattered frosting. Grips are worn with scattered indents and are oil soaked, dark. Magazine body is corroded and wood bottom is well worn. Bore is sharp and frosted. Mechanics are fine. 4-53739 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 2182

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2183

*VERY RARE V-RANGE SWEDISH CONTRACT MAUSER BANNER LUGER PISTOL.

SN 3819v. Cal. 30 Luger. Long frame with 4-3/4″ tapered bbl that has orig front sight. Chamber area of receiver is unmarked and toggle link has the Mauser banner. Frame has a grip safety and is mounted with full checkered walnut grips that are unnumbered but fit extremely well and it is very obvious they are orig to this pistol. Inside left grip is stamped with an “s” which is also found on the ejector. Receiver & bolt have eagle-N proofs. Left side of bbl has the rare marking “Kal. 7.65”. Accompanied by one matching numbered aluminum base blue bodied magazine. Small parts are straw colored. Extractor is marked “GELADEN” and thumb safety area of the frame with lever in the up position is bright polished. Very few of these pistols were produced in the mid to late 1930s. It is unknown the number of these pistols produced as they were apparently made for Swedish domestic sales. Regardless, there are extremely few that have ever surfaced making it one of the most rare Luger pistols. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching, except firing pin which is unnumbered and grips as noted. Overall retains 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle and sharp edge wear. Side plate finish is slightly thinned on raised area. Overall retains about 85% strong straw colors, faded on trigger and lock bolt. Grips are sound showing light diamond point wear and very little hand oil staining with only one or two tiny chipped diamonds. Magazine retains about 90% orig blue with wear on front & rear edges. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Shows very little use. 4-56113 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2183

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2184

*EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND DESIRABLE 1940 KRIEGHOFF LUGER MILITARY PISTOL.

SN 11168. Cal. 9mm. Highly desirable, rare Krieghoff Luger with 3-7/8″ bbl and orig front sight. It has 1940 chamber date with the usual Krieghoff trademark on toggle link, an anchor with “HK” over “KRIEGHOFF / SUHL”. It is mounted with checkered black composition grips and has straw colored small parts. Accompanied by two matching numbered magazines, a black, unmarked Krieghoff holster and a Krieghoff proofed tool. According to Lugers at Random, Kenyon, there were only a total of about 9,000 4-digit dated Krieghoff Lugers were manufactured 1936-1945, of which only about 4,000 were produced in the period 1938-1945 on contract for the Luftwaffe. These later pistols are quite scarce and finding one with two matching magazines is extremely rare. Apparently most were lost with the aviators to whom they were issued. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including firing pin and two magazines. Grips are properly unnumbered. Overall retains about 98% crisp, orig, dark finish with only faint sharp edge wear and slight wear on side plate. Grips are crisp showing only faint diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore. Magazines show light wear and tool is fine. Holster has been treated and polished and has a dull finish. 4-56047 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2184

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2185

*RARE KRIEGHOFF S-CODE LUGER PISTOL.

SN 4018. Cal. 9mm. Scarce Luger produced in 1935 with 4″ bbl and standard front sight. Chamber area of the receiver is marked with an “S” and the toggle link has the late marking consisting of an “HK” on an anchor shank and “Krieghoff / Suhl”. Mounted with fine checkered, brown composition grips and accompanied by one orig matching numbered magazine. According to Third Reich Lugers, Still, there were about 1,700 of these pistols produced in 1935 on contract to the Luftwaffe. Very few survive today with many having been destroyed along with the aircraft & pilots during WWII. Of those surviving today few remain with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including firing pin and every visible small part. Bbl retains 98-99% strong orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and slight thinning on the left side of the sight ring. Breechblock & toggle assembly retain 99%+ orig blue; receiver retains about 98% orig blue as does the frame. Straw colored parts retain about all of their orig light yellow color with some thinning on the thumb safety & trigger face. Side plate shows sharp edge wear and thinning on the high point. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. May be unfired. 4-56106 (7,000-10,000) – Lot 2185

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2186

*RARE LUFTWAFFE ISSUE KRIEGHOFF 1936 LUGER PISTOL.

SN 6064. Cal. 9mm, 4″ bbl with proper Krieghoff proofs and matching SN on bottom. Distinctive swirl tooling marks on bbl that are only seen on Krieghoff Lugers. 1936 date above chamber. Anchor within “HK” above “KRIEGHOFF/SUHL” on center toggle link. Krieghoff Eagle/2 proofs on right receiver and right frame rail. Full SN on left receiver and front of frame. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Proper unnumbered coarse checkered brown plastic grips with border. Proper Eagle/2 proofed Krieghoff magazine with non-matching numbers that have been removed. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 98% blue and 95% straw with a few areas of pinpoint frosting, mainly on right side of trigger. Grip screws retain 10% finish. Grips are bright and sharp. Magazine has minor wear and dings. Bore is sharp with light frosting. Mechanics are excellent. 4-53736 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2186

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2187

*VERY RARE MAUSER BANNER 1906/34 PROTOTYPE LUGER PISTOL.

SN 2010. Cal. 30 Luger. Beautiful Luger with 4-3/4″ tapered rnd bbl, orig front sight with small Mauser Banner on toggle link. Frame below the SN, breech block, receiver & bbl have small Obendorf crown “U” proofs. Frame has been fitted for a grip safety and sideplate is cut for sear safety. Many of the small parts are unnumbered including trigger, lock bolt & hold-open. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips. Accompanied by an unmarked, orig stainless body, aluminum base magazine. Chamber area of receiver is unmarked. The fact that this pistol has crown “U” proofs with unexplained unnumbered parts, the added grip safety & sear safety side plate lends credence that this is a prototype utilizing miscellaneous parts. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about all of its fine Mauser blue with strong straw colors on small parts. Grips are sound with a couple of small chipped diamonds and show only light diamond point wear with good wood grain showing through. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, frosty in the grooves; magazine is extremely fine. 4-56116 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2187

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2188

*ULTRA RARE 2ND VARIATION MODEL 1906/34 MAUSER BANNER S-RANGE COMMERCIAL LUGER.

SN 8561s. Cal. 30 Luger. Short frame with 4-3/4″ tapered bbl with orig front sight. Chamber area of receiver is unmarked and toggle link has the Mauser banner. Frame has a grip safety and is mounted with full checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Receiver & bolt have eagle-N proofs. Left side of bbl has the rare marking “Kal. 7.65”. Accompanied by one matching numbered aluminum base, blue bodied magazine. Small parts are straw colored. Extractor is marked “GELADEN” and thumb safety area of the frame with lever in the up position is marked “GESICHERT”. Very few of these pistols were produced during the mid to late 1930s with most known publications showing them to be in the 3,600v to 3,700v serial range. This pistol is obviously of a different series having an “s” serial suffix. According to The Mauser Parabellum 1930-1946, Hallock & Van de Kant, on p. 485 they report that Mauser produced a few “Swiss Model” Luger pistols which have SNs with an “S” suffix. As of the publication of their book, only five had surfaced which they believe were assembled in the autumn of 1939. Another page in the book on Table 25.08 lists all five of the other known “S” suffix Swiss Model pistols assembled by Mauser. One of them is number “8564S”, only three numbers from this Luger and that pistol also had a blank chamber area. It is unknown the number of these pistols produced as they were apparently made for German domestic sales. Regardless, there are extremely few that have ever surfaced making it one of the most rare Luger pistols. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains 98-99% crisp, bright commercial finish with only slight muzzle edge wear and some faint sharp edge wear on receiver, sideplate & frame. Overall retains 96-98% strong straw colors. Grips are sound showing virtually no wear and no hand oil staining with only a few chipped diamonds and very light diamond point wear. Magazine is equally new with only slight wear on the front and rear edges and retains bright blue orig finish. 4-56114 (12,500-22,500) – Lot 2188

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2189

*FINE 1936 DATED S/42 CODE (MAUSER) LUGER PISTOL WITH TWO MAGAZINES TOOL AND HOLSTER.

SN 9684n. Cal. 9mm. Fine German military Luger with 4″ bbl and orig front sight. Chamber area of the receiver is marked 1936 and toggle link has the S/42 code. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips. Small parts are straw colored. Accompanied by two matching numbered magazines, one with a (+) mark. Also accompanied by an orig brown leather hard shell holster marked on the back “FR & K.VOEGELS / KOLN-DEUTZ / 1936”. There is also a large eagle over Wafenampt “WaA387”. According to Lugers at Random, Kenyon, there were several thousand of these pistols produced 1936-1940. By 1936 the Nazis apparently felt they were powerful enough that they no longer had to conceal the manufacturing date of their Lugers, however they still applied a code for Mauser. Although these pistols are somewhat more common they are almost never found with two matching magazines and an orig dated holster. Undoubtedly this pistol saw service throughout WWII. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including firing pin, grips are unnumbered. Grips are also crisp and new and fit very well with no hand oil staining and only a few chipped diamonds with faint diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore shows no evidence of having been fired. Tool retains a phosphate finish. Magazines show light wear. Holster shows moderate wear with fading and crinkling on the flap, has never been polished. 4-56130 (5,000-7,500) – Lot 2189

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2190

*EXTREMELY RARE 1938 DATED S/42 CODE (MAUSER) GERMAN NORDSEE ISSUED NAVY MARKED LUGER PISTOL.

SN 1005m. Cal. 9mm. Rare short bbl Navy Luger with 4″ bbl and orig front sight. Chamber area of receiver is marked 1938 and toggle “S/42”. Backstrap is marked “N / 2587”. Additionally below the trigger guard is hand stamped the number “0270” which number is also stamped on left side of toggle link. Mounted with bright & clean full checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Accompanied by one orig aluminum base matching numbered magazine which also with the “N2587” mark on the base. According to Luger at Random, Kenyon, there were many thousands of these pistols produced 1936-1940 with the 1938 date the most scarce. Add to that the Navy marking on backstrap makes it an extremely rare pistol. Although the 1938 S/42 Code pistols were produced in large numbers, 113,800, according to Third Reich Lugers Vol III, Still, only 2,400 were procured by the Kriegsmarine. Of that small number probably only a minor percentage was assigned to the “Marinestation der Nordsee”. Some of these Navy marked pistols had their markings on the front strap vs. the backstrap as found here, both are correct. A truly rare find. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including firing pin & grips. Overall retains about 98% crisp orig finish with blued small parts and only slight muzzle end and sharp edge wear. Grips are crisp and clean showing strong wood grain with no hand oil staining and only a few small chipped diamonds. Magazine shows very light use. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. 4-56108 (5,000-7,500) – Lot 2190

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2191

*SCARCE EXCEPTIONAL 1940 DATED MAUSER BANNER POLICE LUGER WITH HOLSTER AND TWO MATCHING MAGAZINES.

SN 2245x. Cal. 9mm. Usual configuration with 4″ bbl and orig sight. Chamber area of the receiver is marked 1940 and toggle link has the Mauser banner. Side plate has the police sear safety. Mounted with exceptional, full checkered walnut grips with wood grain showing through. Accompanied by an equally exceptional brown hard shell leather holster marked on the back “Kern Klager & Cie / 1940 / Berlin” over a Nazi eagle stamp. Below that someone has written in the SN “Nr.2245x”. Also accompanied by two matching numbered aluminum base magazines marked “1” & “2”. According to Lugers at Random, Kenyon, there were only a few thousand of these pistols produced 1939-1942. He states that strong evidence indicates that these pistols were mostly produced for the police. While this series of Lugers is not overly rare finding one that appears to be unfired with two matching magazines and an orig holster is exceptionally rare. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, all matching including firing pin, grips & magazines. Overall retains nearly 100% crisp orig finish with black finished small parts. Grips are also exceptional, showing only faint diamond point wear with one or two tiny chipped diamonds. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. Magazines are equally new showing only faint wear. Holster is truly exceptional showing only a minor scuff or two with some faint edge wear on the flap. Altogether an extraordinary set. 4-56062 (5,000-7,500) – Lot 2191

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2192
Revised: 3/6/2015

Please note there is a typographical error in the title: It reads 1940 dated Mauser, but should read 1941 dated Mauser.

*SCARCE EXCEPTIONAL 1940 DATED MAUSER BANNER POLICE LUGER WITH HOLSTER AND TWO MATCHING MAGAZINES.

SN 5961x. Cal. 9mm. Usual configuration with 4″ bbl and orig sight. Chamber area of the receiver is marked 1941 and toggle link has the Mauser banner. Side plate has the police sear safety. Mounted with outstanding, full checkered walnut grips with wood grain showing through. Accompanied by a fine brown hard shell leather holster marked on the back “Kern Klager & Cie / 1940 / Berlin” over a Nazi eagle stamp which has been mostly obliterated. Back of holster, in the grip area, is stamped with the SN 5978, which number is also found on back of the accompanying tool. Also accompanied by two matching numbered aluminum base magazines marked “1” & “2”. According to Lugers at Random, Kenyon, there were only a few thousand of these pistols produced 1939-1942. He states that strong evidence indicates that these pistols were mostly produced for the police. While this series of Lugers is not overly rare finding one that appears to be unfired with two matching magazines and an orig holster is exceptionally rare. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 95-96% crisp orig blue with only light muzzle edge and sharp edge wear with some light wear on side plate. Front & backstraps show a few freckles of wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. Grips are extremely fine showing very light diamond point wear with no accumulation of hand oil staining. Magazines also show only light wear. Tool retains about 90% orig finish. Holster shows moderate wear with some light soil and loose stitching on the strap. Back of holster shows belt wear between the loops. Holster has never been polished. 4-56061 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2192

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2193

*RARE MAUSER 41 42 CODE LUGER PISTOL RIG WITH TWO MATCHING MAGS.

SN 1104. Cal. 9mm, 4″ bbl Eagle/655 proofed bbl with matching SN on bottom. “41” (1941 manufacture) above chamber, “42” (code for Mauser manufacture) on center toggle link. Eagle/655 proofs on right receiver. Proper “o” suffix. SN on front of frame. Unnumbered Eagle/655 proofed checkered walnut grips. All numbered parts on gun are matching including both original magazines. With an unmarked take down tool in a black “jkh/41” P.08 holster that is Eagle/WaA 288 proofed. One of the rarest WWII issue Lugers with both matching magazines and original holster as issued. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 98% blue with most wear on muzzle, right frame rail and high part of sideplate from holster. Grips are lightly worn with visible wood grain. Magazines have little wear. Bore is bright and sharp with frosting toward muzzle. Take down tool has scattered pitting. Holster is solid with scattered scuffs. Leather is cracking and flaking on closure strap and corners. Stitching is original color. Mechanics are excellent. 4-53882 (5,000-8,500) – Lot 2193

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2194

*RARE 1942 MAUSER BANNER POLICE LUGER PISTOL WITH HOLSTER AND TWO MATCHING MAGAZINES.

SN 5855y. Cal. 9mm. Usual configuration with 4″ bbl and orig front sight. Receiver has 1942 date with Mauser banner on toggle link. Right side of receiver has a single eagle-L proof. Small parts on the frame are all blue finished. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Accompanied by two matching numbered magazines, one of which is by Haenel and has an eagle-C proof and a number “3”. The other is an “fxo” with number “1” on the base. Also accompanied by an outstanding black leather hard shell holster marked on the back “gxy / 42” over a Nazi eagle and Wafenampt “WaA918”. According to Lugers at Random, Kenyon, there were several thousand of these police pistols produced after 1939 and although production ceased in Sep. 1942, Mauser apparently continued assembling pistols into 1945. Although not an uncommon pistol it is very rare to find one in such high condition with two matching magazines. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including firing pin, magazines & grips. Overall retains 99%+ crisp orig finish. Grips are equally new with wood grain showing through and only faint diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new and unfired. Magazines show very slight wear. Holster is also extremely fine showing only slight wear, never having been polished. 4-56070 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2194

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2195
Revised: 3/6/2015

Please note there is a typographical error: The serial number should read 1201a, not 1201d.

*RARE SIMSON S-CODE LUGER SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 1201a. Cal. 9mm. Usual configuration with 4″ bbl and standard front sight. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Accompanied by a 1934 dated black leather hard shell holster by “N. HARMS / BERLIN”, as marked on the back. Below the maker’s name is a hexagonal star-burst with a small “L” in the center. The holster is missing it’s strap & keeper. Interior has an empty tool pocket and also has a spare correct Simson magazine #1563. Magazine in the pistol #1126a is also correct for a Simson Luger. According to Luger’s at Random, Kenyon, there were a total of 10-12,000 of these pistols produced, probably for the Nazis in 1934. He states that examples of the “S” code Simson Lugers are quite rare. With that early manufacture date it is almost certain that this pistol would have seen continuous service throughout WWII. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching incl firing pin & grips. Overall retains 96-98% orig blue with holster wear on each side of the muzzle and high point on side plate. Front & backstraps are matching condition with a few small freckles of light surface rust and slight wear on the toe. Grips are sound showing light to moderate wear with a few chipped diamonds and minor dark hand staining. Ejector retains about 95% bright straw colors with the safety, trigger & lock bolt heavily faded. Magazine release retains strong straw. Mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore. Magazines are fine; holster, as noted above, has been polished with a lightly crackled surface and is missing stitching from the flap which has been glued. 4-56049 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2195

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2196

*VERY RARE MAUSER BANNER 1940 DUTCH LUGER WITH HOLSTER AND TWO MATCHING MAGAZINES.

SN 3050v. Cal. 9mm. Rare Luger with 4″ bbl and orig front sight. Chamber area of receiver is dated 1940 and toggle link has the Mauser banner. Mounted with unnumbered, full checkered walnut grips. Safety area of the frame is marked “RUST” with a right hand pointing arrow. Accompanied by a fine brown leather hard shell holster marked on the back “GEBRUDER KLIENGE / DRESDEN / 1939” over a Nazi eagle with Waffenampt “WaA142”. Also accompanied by two matching numbered aluminum base, blue body magazines. According to THIRD REICH LUGERS, Still, there were only 600 of this model which were never delivered to the Dutch but were confiscated by the Germans after the May 10, 1940 invasion of Holland and diverted to the German military. These Lugers undoubtedly saw service during WWII and are seldom found with strong orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except grips as noted. Bbl, receiver & toggle system all retain virtually all of their orig commercial blue with only slight thinning on each side of the muzzle. Frame shows light high point and sharp edge wear with the front & backstraps a grey patina. Side plate also show high point wear. Overall retains about 75% strong straw colors. Grips are very fine with a few chipped diamonds on the right side and light diamond point wear overall. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Although grips are unnumbered they fit extremely well and appear to be orig to this pistol. Magazines are very fine to extremely fine showing only light wear. Holster is very fine to extremely fine, never having been polished showing wear on the flap with the some light soil and a few small nicks. 4-56069 (5,000-7,500) – Lot 2196

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2197

RARE P.O8 TURKISH POLICE LUGER HOLSTER.

Dark brown hard shell leather holster with relieved top edge. It has a tool pouch inside the flap and spare magazine pouch on front edge. Holster is police style with strap & stud. Flap is marked above the stud with a large intertwined “TC”, which stands for Turkiye Cumhuriyeti. Below the stud is marked “Emniyet Isleri Umum mudurlugu” which translates to Turkish Police Department (Republic of Turkey)or Turkish Security Police. Below the strap loop on the flap is marked the number “183” which is probably the SN of the orig Mauser banner P.08 Luger sold to Turkey. According to Third Reich Lugers, Still, Turkey purchased about 750 of these Lugers sometime in the mid 1930s. According to various publications there was a total of about 1,025 Lugers sold to Turkey with three different markings. Very few orig holsters survive today. From personal observation by this cataloger while working with the Turkish National Police throughout Turkey over a six year period several Turkish Lugers were examined and not one had an orig holster. Most of the Lugers were in very poor, usually poorly refinished condition and generally with replaced grips. PROVENANCE: Republic of Turkey National Police. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall shows light to moderate wear with some minor crackling on the front edge of the holster. Does not appear to have been polished. 4-56140 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2197

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2198

*RARE JAPANESE BABY NAMBU SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 2579. Cal. 7mm Nambu. Usual configuration with 3-1/4″ tapered round bbl, dovetailed barleycorn front sight & fixed rear sight atop rear of receiver housing. Receiver ring is marked with the four intertwined circles of the Kokura Arsenal. Right rear side of receiver has three Japanese characters & SN. Mounted with full checkered wood grips matching numbered to this pistol. Accompanied by one orig, matching numbered, aluminum base magazine. It is the understanding of this cataloger that these pistols were presentation pieces for military academy graduates and were available for purchase by military officers. Apparently, very few were manufactured and of those a very small number survive today. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grips & magazine, except firing pin which is unnumbered. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear & some light dulling to backstrap. Trigger retains about 50-60% orig straw colors. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bore. 4-56497 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2198

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2199

*ASTRA MODEL 900 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL WITH STOCK/HOLSTER.

SN 27718. Cal. 9mm. Blue finish with 5-1/2″ round bbl, barleycorn front sight and 500-meter tangent rear sight. Left sideplate has standard markings and caliber marking along with three Chinese characters. Mounted with 12-groove walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Butt of the pistol has a lanyard stud & ring. Accompanied by a highly figured wood stock/holster with matching SN inside the lid. Mounting iron is not numbered. While these pistols resemble the Mauser C-96, they are inherently different internally. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. No disassembly was effected to check for internal matching parts. Overall retains virtually all of a fine professionally restored rust blue finish. Grips are sound & may be old replacements, and retain virtually all of their orig finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. Stock/holster is equally fine. 4-56508 (3,500-5,000) – Lot 2199

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2200

*MAUSER MODEL 1930 BROOMHANDLE SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 915856. Cal. .30 Mauser. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ stepped round bbl, barleycorn front sight & 1000-meter tangent rear sight. Mounted with 12-line, coarse serrated walnut grips. Accompanied by an unnumbered walnut stock/holster with unnumbered orig style attaching iron. Also accompanied by a reproduction skeleton harness rig with orig style markings on the back dated 1916 and an orig style steel cleaning rod with wooden handle. Front of the leather has a single stripper clip pocket. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Pistol is very fine. Overall retains about 95% strong orig blue with only high point wear and some sharp edge wear. Grips, probably old replacements, are sound with nicks & dings, and retain about 50-60% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright, shiny bore. Stock/holster & leather are fine. 4-56460 (3,500-5,000) – Lot 2200

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2201
Revised: 3/15/2015

Please Note: The small metal plate on back of the right side of the receiver is missing.

BEAUTIFUL CASED DWM SIAMESE BORCHARDT PISTOL WITH STOCK & ACCESSORIES.

SN 2956. Cal. .30 Borchardt 7-1/2″ bbl with BUG proofs on left side of bbl and SN on bottom “D. R. P./No 75837.” On center toggle link BU proofs on left receiver and toggle assembly. Right receiver is marked “SYSTEM BORCHARDT. PATENT./DEUTCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONS FABRIKEN./BERLIN.” Full SN on stock lug on back of main spring housing. Numbered parts on gun are matching including the original wood bottom magazine. Checkered walnut grips with border are unnumbered. Rear grip strap has Siamese Army chakra proof. Original unnumbered stock and black leather holster in the original black leather case with green felt lining, nickel plated fittings and stitched leather handle. Case contains original dummy mag, screwdriver, cheek piece, extra spring, cleaning rod, pin punch, strap and 3 extra magazines that match each other but do not match the numbers on the gun. This gun is featured on pgs. 115, 121, 133, 138 & 141 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess, ex Visser collection. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 95% blue with normal light scratches and dings. Grip straps are starting to fade. Strawed parts are 70%. Fire blued parts are 80%. Grips are very good with normal dings and dents and retain original color. Matching magazine has very little wear on body and minor dings on wood bottom. Bore is bright and sharp. Case has scattered scuffs and scrapes to leather and scattered corrosion on nickel fittings. Wood stock is very good with normal wear. Holster is solid with flaking and cracking on straps. Dummy mag is in near new condition. Cheek piece has a few minor indentations in wood. Screwdriver is excellent as is rod and pin punch. Strap is worn and flaking. Extra mag bodies are excellent. Wood bottoms have normal dings and dents. One magazine bottom is broken with much of the original wood missing. Mechanics are fine. 4-52100 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2201

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2202

UNIQUE WAFFENFABRIK BUDAPEST BORCHARDT PISTOL PROTOTYPE SN 3.

SN 3. 30 Cal. Borchardt 7.5″ bbl. with triangular blade front sight. “Waffenfabrik/Budapest” above chamber. Blank toggle and receiver. Prototype rear sight and prototype receiver with screw retained sear bar spring (c.f. production dovetailed retainer) and without safety lip above sear bar (provided on production pistols to prevent accidental finger pressure on the sear causing accidental discharge). Prototype main spring housing lacking lower spring retaining cross pin. A wide border checkered walnut grips. SN 3 on bottom of frame. Proper wood bottom Borchardt magazine with numbers that do not match. Large number 2 on main spring housing “Patent ang.” (Patent angemeldet – patent applied for – demonstrating production prior to grant of the 9 September 1893 German patent to Borchardt) on left side above trigger. Submitted for Austro-Hungarian Trials in 1894, this prototype was marked to appear Hungarian made. This gun is featured on pgs 121, 128, 129 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine. Restored to near new condition with near mint blue straw and fire blue. Grips are excellent. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine has scattered corrosion and light wear on wood bottom. Mechanics are good. 4-52110 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2202

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2203

FANTASTIC MAUSER C96, 20-SHOT CONEHAMMER, MILLED PANEL, WITH CORRECT STOCK.

SN 9686. Cal. 7.63mm. Late 20-shot Conehammer with 5-1/2″ bbl having a fixed front sight and pinned 1-10 rear sight. Long extractor and independently secured firing pin. Usual Mauser chamber address with Crown/Crown U on left chamber flat. Antler proof on right chamber flat. Unmarked frame except for SN on backstrap. Extensive disassembly shows all matching SNs including firing pin and replacement grips. Major components rust blued. Extractor, sight cursor, bolt stop, firing pin retainer, safety and replacement grip screw are fire blued. Trigger is in the white. Serrated wood grips. No lanyard ring. Correct and all orig 20-shot stock with lug numbered “8451” having the broadly serrated plunger as more frequently seen with the 20-shot Flatside pistols. PROVENANCE: Dineley Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95% orig rust blue with light wear in expected areas, mainly on left side of the bbl and fading around extended magazine. The fire blue has essentially faded from the extractor; 80% remains on the cursor with 90-95% remaining on other parts. Replacement grips fit extremely well, are color appropriate, and show no wear. Bright bore with minimal oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. Stock retains much of its orig varnish with a 2″ vertical crack near latching assembly & a second 3″ crack along lower spine. A portion of the body & lid have been routed out to facilitate insertion of the pistol. As a result of thinning, two small sections are missing from the lid on each side of the lanyard ring recess. Hinge with uniform greyish-brown patina. Less extensive oxidation involves the otherwise untouched lug. Fit to pistol is tight & free of discernible wobble. Arguably the most charismatic of all the Mauser C96s, particularly when fitted to its correct shoulder stock, sure to enhance any collection. 4-52080 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 2203

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2204

*◊ EXTREMELY RARE MAUSER C96 M1902 HAMMER SAFETY, 6-SHOT, CHECKERED GRIPS.

SN 41676. Cal. 7.63mm. Mauser M1902, 6-shot, with 4″ bbl having fixed front & rear sights. Top of chamber with usual 3-line address. Crown/Crown U on left chamber flat. Full SN “41676” on left side of bbl extension. Right frame has 2-line Mauser address. The complete SN is repeated on the back of the slotted frame while the usual small parts (except for an unnumbered floorplate & subframe) are matched with the last 3 digits of the SN. Checkered wood grips, each panel marked with complete SN. Lanyard ring present. Major parts rust blued; fired blued extractor, bolt, offset hammer safety lever, grip screw; strawed trigger. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Superb professional restoration with over 99% correct rust blue. Small parts, with enhanced fire blue, in comparable condition. 80% orig straw on trigger. Grips with sharp checkering showing negligible losses. Bright bore with sharp rifling, mild oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. One of the most difficult C96s to encounter, rarely offered for sale. 4-53022 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2204

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2205

HIGHLY DESIRABLE MAUSER C96 CONEHAMMER, 6-SHOT, SPECIAL ORDER REAR SIGHT, RETAILED BY WESTLEY RICHARDS.

SN 8091. Cal. 7.63mm. 6-shot Conehammer with 4-3/4″ bbl having shallow front sight mounted on bbl band and fixed rear sight. Long extractor and independently secured firing pin. Unknown proof on left side of bbl in front of chamber. Special order Westley Richards tangent rear sight marked “100/2/3/4/5” with a friction cursor, made with fire blued components and mounted to bbl extension with four screws (1 missing). Standard chamber address with Crown/Crown U proof on left bbl extension & antler proof on right side. The left side of the frame in the central recess is marked “MADE FOR / WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO. / LONDON” hand inscribed with faint guidelines. Externally, the full SN appears on the bolt stop, back of the firing pin retainer, back of the hammer, top of the backstrap, and bottom of the floorplate. Disassembly discloses all matching parts including the firing pin and grips. Major components are rust blued. Fire blued extractor, bolt stop, firing pin retainer and safety. Strawed sear and dismounting lever. Grips with original varnish. Lanyard ring present. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. This lot is accompanied by copies of the relevant pages from the Westley Richards Mauser Stock Book showing it to have been in stock on October 6, 1899 then again in stock on September 10, 1906 and to have been retained as part of the 1906 year end closing stock. CONDITION: Approx 97% orig rust blue with slight fading over bbl, sharp edge wear and freckling on front & backstrap. Comparable condition fire blue on small parts with grey toning of trigger. Age appropriate dings and minor discoloration on grips. Mirror bright bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. An extremely desirable 6-shot, retailer marked by Westley Richards, with a special order Westley Richards designed tangent rear sight. 4-53013 (8,500-12,500) – Lot 2205

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2206

*◊ PHENOMENAL MAUSER C96, PRE-WAR COMMERCIAL, MAUSER BANNER CHAMBER WITH MATCHING STOCK.

SN 78326. Cal. 7.63mm. Pre-war Commercial with 5-1/2″ bbl, fixed front sight and slip-in rear sight marked “50-1000”. Short extractor and 2-lug firing pin. Mauser banner over chamber with full SN on left chamber flat. Crown/Crown/U on left side of bbl extension. 2-line address on right side of frame. Extensive disassembly shows all matching parts. Major components rust blued. Extractor, sight cursor, bolt stop, safety and grip screw are fire blued. Trigger is strawed. Finely serrated wood grips. Lanyard ring present. Orig stock with factory matching lug numbered “326”. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: At least 99% orig bright rust blue with negligible wear on rails and freckling on front & backstrap. Same extraordinary condition applies to the fire blued & strawed parts. Crisp grips with virtually all orig varnish and only the most minute handling marks. No burring of grip screw. Mirror bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. Excellent stock with no cracks or chips. Looped hinge with moderate oxidative flecking. Fire blue on untouched lug has largely transitioned to a grey-brown patina. Overall, it would be very difficult to upgrade this Mauser Banner over Chamber rig! 4-52140 (5,500-7,500) – Lot 2206

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2207
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*◊ MAUSER C96, EARLY TRANSITIONAL LARGE RING, ADDED HOLD-OPEN.

SN 13257. Cal. 7.63mm. Early transitional Large Ring with standard 5-1/2″ bbl, fixed front sight and pinned rear sight marked “50-500”. Long extractor and independently secured firing pin. Chamber marked with usual 3-line address. Crown/Crown U on left chamber flat. Antler proof on right chamber flat. A hold-open has been professionally added to the left side of bbl extension that will keep the bolt retracted while charging the magazine. Importer marked “VON LENGERKE & DETMOLD/NEW-YORK” on left side of frame. Extensive disassembly shows all matching parts including grips, though firing pin not checked. Major components are rust blued. Extractor, sight cursor, bolt stop, firing pin retainer, safety and grip screw are fire blued. Trigger is in the white. Serrated wood grips with custom facets added to upper & lower portions of each panel. Lanyard ring present. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 97% orig rust blue with minor contact wear to bbl, forward magazine well, rails, and frontstrap. Comparable condition fire blue on small parts showing no suggestion of touch up. Dark grips that have been restained, including their inner surface. Mirror bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. A very attractive and desirable importer marked Early Large Ring Transitional with a special hold-open. 4-53019 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2207

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2208

*◊ MAUSER C96, M1902 GERMAN GPK TEST FLATSIDE.

SN 344. Cal. 7.63mm. This high SN German Test Flatside has the standard 5-1/2″ bbl with a fixed front sight and a slip-in 50-500 rear sight. Long extractor and single lug firing pin. Usual 3-line chamber address with full SN on left side of the chamber flat. Imperial Gewehrprufungskommission Crown/F acceptance marked on right side of the bbl extension and Prussian Eagle on lower flat. The only other external markings relate to the SN that is matched on all visible parts. Backstrap has no slot to accept a shoulder stock as reported on a few other test pistols. Detailed disassembly shows all remaining parts, including firing pin, with matching SN excepting an unmarked follower. Major components are rust blued. Most small parts fire blued, trigger originally strawed. Orig serrated wood grips. Lanyard ring present. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95% of refinished rust blue over oxidized surface. 80% fire blue on extractor. Most of other small parts have oxidized to a darker tone or have been reblued. Little remaining varnish on grips. Generally bright bore with mild oxidation and shallow rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. 4-53290 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 2208

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2209

*◊ MAUSER C96 RED 9 SIMSON REWORK SHOWING LATER NORWEGIAN SALE, HOLSTER.

SN 16391. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Post-war Red 9 rework with unmarked grips. 4″ bbl with sleeved front sight and fixed rear sight. Short extractor and 2-lug firing pin. Standard Mauser address on top of chamber. SN “16391” marked on left chamber flat. Crown/U proofing on left receiver flat and commercial Norwegian lion proof mark on rear just below sight. “1920” rework on right flat with Simson Eagle/SU/4 marking on right bbl extension. 2-line Mauser address on right side of receiver. Frontstrap has a crossed out “S.Kg.I.1.95.” police unit marking. Lanyard ring present. Major parts with era correct rust blue. Salt blued extractor, safety, trigger and floorplate. Disassembly shows all matching numbers except the grips whose SNs have been removed. An interesting history that reflects a Treaty of Versailles conversion of a Red 9 type C96 to a pistol with a 4″ bbl issued to the Wiemar Police. The gun was later reworked by Simson and later sold in Norway. Accompanied by a dark brown Wiemar-era holster with two pouches for stripper clips (one missing) and cleaning rod. Stud secured flap is owner marked on the inside “M.A. Schwarzkail / T.B.K. W.-Haven…”. Two belt loops on obverse side. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Orig 95% blue with era-correct reworked mixing of rust blued & salt blued parts. Comparable condition finely serrated grips with scattered dings & losses. Grips with removed SNs often seen in this kind of rework. Slightly dulled bore with sharp rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. Very good holster with intact stitching, missing stripper pouch as noted, excellent generic cleaning rod. 4-52126 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2209

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2210

*◊ MAUSER C96 EARLY RED 9 TYPE WITH UNMARKED GRIPS, IMPERIAL ACCEPTANCE.

SN 8036. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Early Red 9 type with 5-1/2″ bbl having a fixed front sight and a slip-in rear sight marked “50-500”. Usual a chamber address with full SN on left side of the chamber flat. Crown/Crown U marking on left side of bbl extension. Crown/J Imperial acceptance on right side of the bbl extension. 2-line Mauser address on right side of the frame. Extensive disassembly shows a standard (non-grooved) follower and all matching SNs including wood grips marked with large font numerals as occasionally found on early production 9mm Parabellum pistols. Rust blued major components with fire blued extractor, cursor, bolt stop, trigger and safety. Finely serrated grip panels. No lanyard ring. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95% rust blue with touch up over most of the bbl. Wear to fire blued small parts, that show no evidence of enhancement, is consistent with the overall appearance of the pistol. Very good orig grips with expected oil staining and scattered dings. Bright bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. A desirable early 9mm military, particularly with the scarcer Crown/J acceptance. 4-52127 (1,750-2,750) – Lot 2210

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2211

*◊ MAUSER C96, PRE-WAR COMMERCIAL, IN 9MM EXPORT.

SN 138279. Cal. 9mm. Mauser Pre-war Commercial with 5-1/2″ bbl having fixed front sight and slip-in rear sight marked from 50-1000. Short extractor and 2-lug firing pin. Usual chamber address with full SN on left chamber flat. Left side of bbl extension marked Crown/Crown U. Assembly number on the bbl extension under the rear sight is “1822”. The right side of the frame is marked with the usual 2-line Mauser address. Extensive disassembly shows a grooved follower, as often installed in 9mm pistols, and all matching SNs including grips. Major components rust blued. Extractor, cursor, bolt stop, safety, trigger and grip screw are fire blued. Orig wood grips with fine serrations. No lanyard ring. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 75% orig blue with faded bbl, front of magazine well, floorplate and front/backstraps. Same condition and wear pattern applies to the fire blued small parts and grips. Dull bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. Very few Pre-war Commercials were assembled in this caliber. 4-53025 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2211

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2212

LATE MAUSER C96 CONEHAMMER PISTOL, REWORK.

SN 7331. Cal. 7.63mm. Scarce Conehammer rework with a Bolo bbl extension having a 4″ bbl with a fixed front sight and a slip-in rear sight graded from 50-1000. Long extractor and independently secured firing pin. The sight lug is grooved as is the sight cursor. Usual Mauser address on top of the chamber. Full SN is on the left chamber flat and the Crown/Crown/U proofing on left side of the bbl extension. The only other markings on the exterior are the scriptic “M” inspections on the hammer and top of the backstrap and the full SN that is repeated on the bolt, firing pin retainer, hammer and backstrap. The sight bar is numbered “230”, though the cursor matches with “31”. Detailed disassembly shows internally matching numbers including the firing pin and a repaired follower spring. Though grips appear orig, frozen grip screw did not allow removal. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Generally brown gun with traces of blue in protected areas. Heavier wear on front and grip strap with minor pitting. Dark bore without discernible rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. A scarce Conehammer whose condition suggests use in China. 4-53003 (1,750-2,500) – Lot 2212

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2213

*◊ MAUSER C96 WITH BOLO TOP AND FULL SIZE FRAME.

SN 266989. Cal. 7.63mm. C96 with Bolo bbl assembly whose 4″ bbl has a fixed front sight and a slip-in 50-1000 rear sight. Short extractor and 2-lug firing pin. Usual chamber address but no SN. Crown/Crown U on left chamber flat. Frame with 2-line Mauser address on right side. Extensive disassembly shows all matching SNs except for the floorplate numbered “270” and the previously noted unnumbered bbl extension that has two bbl bulges. Major components rust blued. Extractor, sight cursor, bolt stop, safety, trigger and grip screw are fire blued. Finely serrated wood grips. Lanyard ring present. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 70-80% orig rust blue with comparable or better orig fire blue on small parts. Grips are dark with little remaining varnish, blunted serrations and scattered handling marks. Dark bore with bulges. Perfect manual mechanics. 4-53028 (450-950) – Lot 2213

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2214

*◊ SUPERB ASTRA M900 WITH CHINESE CHARACTERS.

SN 27599. Cal. 7.63mm. Astra M900 with 5-1/2″ bbl having fixed front sight and slip-in rear sight marked “50-1000”. Short extractor and 2-lug firing pin. Sideplate marked with usual 3-line Astra address in addition to the three large Chinese characters that translate “Made in Spain”. About 1000 pistols were marked with these characters, most in the 27XXX serial range. Full SN is on the left frame just above the grip panel while the right side of the frame was marked with the Eibar proof, F code signifying 1933 production, and automatic pistol proof. The late automatic pistol proof was applied to the right side of the bbl and bbl extension. Disassembly shows all matching numbers. Major components are rust blued. The extractor, cursor, bolt stop, safety, trigger and grip screw are fire blued. The bolt & retaining pins are polished and left in the white. Broadly serrated wood grips. Lanyard ring present. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Well over 99% bright orig blue with minimal wear on rails and a small scratch on right frame near retaining pin. Same extraordinary condition applies to fire blued parts whose only wear is limited to the crest of the bolt stop and face of the trigger. Grips with most orig varnish having only a few superficial handling dings. Dull bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. An extraordinarily nice M900 with Chinese characters, one of the most desirable variations. 4-52149 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 2214

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2215

*◊ EXPERIMENTAL MANNLICHER M1898 PISTOL, TRANSITIONAL TO M1900, UNMARKED.

SN 62. Cal. 7.63mm. Experimental M1898 Mannlicher with some M1899 & M1900 features, particularly as concerns the mounting of the rear sight (M1899 & M1900), design of the slide (M1899), and configuration of the hammer (M1900). Per standard production pistols, this gun has a 5-1/2″ bbl with a fixed front sight & fixed chamber mounted rear sight. The extractor is on top of the slide. The only markings that appear on this gun are the SNs “62” that are repeated on left side of the bbl, left side of the chamber and on the bottom of the sideplate, just forward of the serrations. Unlike the M1899 & M1901, there is no safety. Disassembly is effected by removing the large screw mounted on the frame just ahead of the trigger guard. Finely shallow angle checkered wooden grips. Major components are rust blued. Hammer & trigger are in the white while all screws are strawed. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 98-99% bright orig rust blue with minimal sharp edge wear & freckling, particularly on backstrap. Grips with orig varnish, generally in the same condition as the pistol, though left panel has noticeable loss 1/4″ x 3/16″ at bottom rear. Bright bore with sharp rifling, minimal oxidative change. Perfect manual mechanics. Very unusual, unmarked experimental Mannlicher that should appeal to the sophisticated collector of early European pistols. 4-52222 (6,500-9,500) – Lot 2215

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2216

*◊ SPECTACULAR CASED STEYR MANNLICHER M1901 WITH ACCESSORIES.

SN 233. Cal. 7.63mm. Standard M1901 with 5-1/2″ bbl having a fixed front & fixed rear sight mounted on chamber. Firing pin blocking safety mounted on right side of the slide. SN “233” is on the left rear of bbl, left side of the chamber and on the lower portion of the sideplate, just ahead of the dismounting serrations. Split sideplate legend with the left side marked “WAFFENFABRIK STEYR” and right side marked “SYSTEM MANNLICHER”. Retracting the slide shows a series of Vienna proof house marks and numbers “8475.1195.02”; this pistol was proofed in 1902. Major parts are rust blued while the hammer, trigger, safety and dismounting latch are in the white. Disassembly shows all matching parts. Finely checkered wood grips that are each matched to the pistol. Factory orig burgundy leather presentation case with central keyed lock. Lid lined in silk, compartmentalized base in felt, containing stripper clip (no ammo), screwdriver, cleaning rod and securing key. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 98-99% bright orig rust blue with minimal sharp edge wear and few scattered flecks of oxidation. Same extraordinary condition applies to small parts that show only minimal staining. Comparable condition grips that retain virtually all orig varnish with crisp checkering and no discernible chips or splits. Screws retain 95% orig straw. Excellent condition presentation case with minor scuffing on surface & edges. Expected oil staining & scuffs in compartmentalized section around gun & tools. Excellent condition accessories whose minimal metal discoloration shows no evidence of cleaning. One of the best cased M1901s in existence! 4-52223 (7,500-15,000) – Lot 2216

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2217

*◊ SPECTACULAR M1905 MANNLICHER, ARGENTINE CONTRACT.

SN 3361. Cal. 7.63 Mannlicher. All orig M1905 Mannlicher, Argentine contract, with short frame toe. Standard features include a 6-1/4″ bbl having a drift adjustable front sight and a fixed rear sight. Full SN is repeated on the left side of bbl and chamber. On the left side of the sideplate is a 5-line address “SYSTEM / MANNLICHER / Md. 1905 / WAFFENFABRIK / STEYR”. The full SN was applied horizontally on the bottom of the sideplate, just forward of the serrations. Just above is the number “0739”, which is the issue number. The large vertically oval Argentine crest is on the right side of the sideplate. Major parts are rust blued with the safety, hammer, trigger, and sideplate release remaining in the white. Freshened grip screws are also in the white. Removing the sideplate shows all matching small parts. Each of the grips is factory numbered with a “61″. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Bright 99% orig rust blue with minimal sharp edge wear and freckling. Small parts in white with minor staining and toning. Grips with orig varnish and deeply cut serrations. Near mirror bore with strong rifling and perfect manual mechanics. One of the best all orig Argentine contract M1905s in existence. 4-52227 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 2217

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2218

*◊ HIGH CONDITION M1905 MANNLICHER, COMMERCIAL.

SN 9263. Cal. 7.63 Mannlicher. Very attractive all orig M1905 Mannlicher made near the end of the production series, with long frame toe. Standard features include a 6-1/4″ bbl having a drift adjustable front sight and a fixed rear sight. Full SN is repeated on the left side of bbl and chamber. On the left side of the sideplate is a 5-line address “SYSTEM / MANNLICHER / Md. 1905 / WAFFENFABRIK / STEYR”. The full SN was applied horizontally on the bottom of the sideplate, just forward of the serrations. Major parts are rust blued with the safety, hammer, trigger, and sideplate release remaining in the white. Removing the sideplate shows all matching small parts. Each of the grips is factory matched with a “96″. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Bright 99% orig rust blue with minimal sharp edge wear and freckling. Small parts in white with minor staining and toning. Grips with orig varnish and deeply cut serrations. Near mirror bore with strong rifling and perfect manual mechanics. One of the nicest late commercial Model 1905s to be offered at auction. 4-52224 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2218

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2219

*◊ SCARCE STEYR MANNLICHER M1905, POCKET MODEL: SHORT BARREL, SHORT GRIP.

SN 1803. Cal. 7.65mm. Pocket model M1905 with a 4-3/4″ bbl having drift adjustable front sight and fixed rear sight. Narrow trigger as often found in early production. Full SN is repeated on the left side of bbl, chamber, and applied horizontally on the bottom of the sideplate, just forward of the serrations. The sideplate has a split address: the left side is marked “WAFFENFABRIK / STEYR”; the right side is marked “SYSTEM / MANNLICHER”. A small oval proof, significance unknown, is on the left side of the bbl and repeated near bottom of the backstrap. Major parts are rust blued with the safety, hammer, trigger, and sideplate release remaining in-the-white. Screws are strawed. Removing the sideplate shows all matching small parts. Each of the grips, measuring 3-3/8″ in length, is factory matched with a “03″. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 90% orig rust blue with patchy oxidation on left muzzle and forward portion of left slide. Minimal freckling on front & backstrap. Small parts in-the-white with minor staining and toning. Grips with orig varnish and deeply cut serrations. Near mirror bore with strong rifling and perfect manual mechanics. Mannlicher made very few pocket M1905s, a real find for the serious collector. 4-52226 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2219

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2220

*◊ BERGMANN BAYARD M1905, COMMERCIAL.

SN 3615. Cal. 9mm Bergmann Bayard. Standard Bergmann Bayard M1905 with 4″ ribbed bbl having a fixed front & rear sight. As typical for the M1905, there is no hammer stop projection below the firing pin and the left side of the magazine well has no knight logo. Left side of bbl extension is marked “BREVETE./S.G.D.G.” Toward the rear is a 3-line address: “ANCIENS ETABLISSEMENTS PIEPER. / HERSTAL-LIEGE. / BERGMANN’S PATENT”. The full SN is on the front of the frame. The right side of the bbl, bbl extension, bolt and receiver are marked with the usual Belgian proofs. Reworked wood grips, both panels with matching SNs, having impressed checkering at the top and bordered checkering across the center. No magazine. All major components are rust blued. Extractor is in-the-white. Rear sight has been repaired as is the corresponding frame immediately behind the sight. Bolt, hammer, safety, trigger, and magazine release are polished and left in-the-white. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 70-80% orig rust blue with most wear on right side of bbl, left side of frame and front/backstrap. Minor repair of rear sight and upper frame as previously noted. Reworked grips with crisp checkering and newly applied varnish secured with non-original screw. Dull bore with shallow rifling. Perfect manual mechanics when checked with a substitute magazine. A difficult gun to encounter in any condition. 4-52198 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2220

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2221

*◊ BERGMANN BAYARD M1908 WITH CORRECT MATCHING MAGAZINE.

SN 4558. Cal. 9mm Bergmann Bayard. Standard Bergmann Bayard with 4″ ribbed bbl having a fixed front & rear sight. Left side of bbl extension is marked “BREVETE./S.G.D.G.” Toward the rear is a 3-line address: “ANCIENS ETABLISSEMENTS PIEPER. / HERSTAL-LIEGE. / BERGMANN’S PATENT”. The mounted knight over “BAYARD” is on the left side of the flat bottomed magazine housing, while the full SN is on the front of the frame. The right side of the bbl, bbl extension, bolt and receiver are marked with the usual Belgian proofs. Orig wood grips, both panels with matching SNs, having impressed checkering at the top and bordered checkering across the center. Orig magazine with matching SN at bottom of front spine. All major components including magazine are rust blued. Fire blued extractor. Rear sight and safety are greyed while the hammer, trigger and magazine release are polished and left in-the-white. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 90-95% orig rust blue with each side of bbl having been lightly cleaned. Spotty oxidation on bbl extension and frame, particularly backstrap that has also been cleaned. Dark orig grips with scattered handling dings, no splits, in same general condition as pistol. Near excellent condition magazine. Bore with strong rifling, slightly dulled. Perfect manual mechanics. Very difficult to find a Bergmann M1908 with matching magazine. 4-52196 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2221

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2222

*◊ CHARISMATIC BERGMANN M1910 WITH SHOULDER STOCK.

SN 8997. Cal. 9mm Bergmann. Phenomenally attractive Bergmann M1910 with 4″ bbl having a fixed front & rear sight. Single action lock breech design with removable magazine released by a latch in the trigger guard. One of few examples cut for a shoulder stock. Left side of the bbl extension marked “BREVETE / S.G.D.G.” followed by the 3-line address “ANCIENS ETABLISSEMENTS PIEPER. / HERSTAL – LIEGE. / BERGMANN’S PATENT.” Usual Belgian proofs on right side of the bbl, receiver and frame. Full SN is on the forward frame, ahead of magazine well, and repeated on front of the magazine and on each orig grip panel. Major parts rust blued; small parts including bolt, hammer, safety, trigger and magazine release in-the-white; fire blued extractor. Wood grips finished with a composite of impressed and cut checkering. Accompanied by an unnumbered shoulder stock whose body was made from a single piece of wood. Standard Bergmann lug, now refinished with fire blue, and assembled with Mauser C96 pattern hinge and latching assembly. Mounted Knight surmounting “BAYARD”, logo measuring 7/8″ x 1-1/8″, stamped on the obverse surface, under the hinge. Pistol-stock fit is perfect – no wobble when lug is tightened. PROVENANCE: Collection Henk Visser; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Illustrated TBLAP. CONDITION: Pistol has over 99% bright orig blue, with only sharp edge wear, excepting front & backstraps that have some freckling, particularly backstrap around stock slot. Same exemplary condition applies to the small parts whose oxidative discoloration is minimal. Grips retain most of their orig varnish with sharp checkering & a few surface dings. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. Stock is in same overall condition, retains virtually all varnish, having only a few minor dings. Minimal wear on fire blued Bergmann lug and refinished Mauser hinge. A charismatic ensemble that has been illustrated in TBLAP. 4-52043 (6,500-10,000) – Lot 2222

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2223

*◊ HIGH CONDITION BERGMANN M1910/21, DANISH CONTRACT, SMOOTH WOOD GRIPS.

SN 7420. Cal. 9mm Bergmann. Standard Bergmann M1910/21 as issued to the Danish military. 4″ bbl with solid rib having a fixed front & rear sight. Left side of the bbl extension marked “BREVETE. / S.G.D.G.” followed by the 3-line address: “ANCIENS ETABLISSEMENTS PIEPER. / HERSTAL-LIEGE. / BERGMANN’S PATENT.” Right side of the bbl extension & frame are marked with the usual Belgian proofs. Upon receipt, gun was marked on the left side of the frame with Danish Crown D and right side of the frame with issue number “1556”, both having cut through the orig finish and now in-the-white. The only other marking on the frame is SN “7420”, on the extension in front of the magazine well and the word “BELGIUM” when later released for export. In the course of its use, the Trolite grips often broke, prompting smooth wood replacements, as present on this pistol, each panel numbered “869”. Major components are rust blued; the bolt, hammer, safety, trigger and magazine release are in-the-white. Unnumbered magazine is rust blued except the back spine that is in-the-white. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: At least 98% bright orig blue with a very thin strips of vertical wear on the front & backstrap. Comparable condition small parts that have only minimal staining. Grips with virtually all orig varnish & proud grain. Excellent orig magazine. A wonderful Danish contract Bergmann that should please any collector. 4-52197 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2223

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2224

◊ RARE SCHULHOF REPEATING PISTOL.

SN NSN. Cal. .320 British Revolver. Repeating pistols were the immediate predecessors to semiautomatic arms. All required a manual movement to chamber and discharge the cartridge. Sometimes, both actions were performed simultaneously. Upon release, a loading bar or lever would spring back to its original position. Schulhof was credited with having developed several types of repeating pistols in about 1884. This nickeled pistol, with chromed sideplates, has a 4-1/16″ bbl with fixed front & rear sights. There are no visible markings or SNs. A finger loop lever under the receiver is used to close the bolt. In this case, the finger loop operates the bolt throughout its normal course of travel but does not engage the trigger. If the bolt is separately manipulated to cock the firing pin, the finger loop cannot be fully retracted. Loading is accomplished through the butt into a tubular magazine channel that incorporates a toothed ratchet to raise the cartridges up to the breech. The loading gate is secured by a sliding checkered button. Accompanied by one original .320 cartridge. Though awkward and cumbersome by today’s standards, repeater pistols were an important development and provided the foundation for more modern semiautomatics. PROVENANCE: Ex Visser Collection, Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: The pistol appears with 90% orig nickel except for the sideplates that have been chromed. Excellent and all-original grips with coarse bordered checkering around a central retaining screw & escutcheon. Minimal staining and handling dings. Bright bore with sharp rifling, mild oxidation. Bolt will not go into battery when striker spring is compressed. Some adjustment needed for full function. Still, one of the rarest repeaters in existence. 4-52443 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2224

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2225

*◊ DANISH M1906 SCHOUBOE, FIRST VARIATION, GOLD INLAID, PRESENTATION TO PRESIDENT OF URUGUAY.

SN 339. Cal. 11.35mm. The Danish Schouboe is a rare, single action, internal hammer, blowback pistol firing a special 11.35 mm cartridge having a very light wood cored jacketed bullet. It has a frame mounted rotatable safety and bottom release magazine. This gun has a 5″ bbl with a fixed front sight & drift adjustable rear sight secured with a fixation screw. The left side of the slide is marked “DANSK REKYLRIFFEL SYNDIKAT / KOBENHAVN.” with SN “339” marked on the rear surface of the tang. Egyptian style gold inlay has been applied to the bbl, slide, safety and frame with top of slide bearing initials “C.W.”. Metallic grips have also been ornately inlaid in gold, each featuring a large Uruguayan crest whose shield measures 1-1/4″ x 13/16″. A gold border has been applied to the base of the frame and repeated on the magazine base whose walls remain unadorned. Dismounting is accomplished by depressing the horizontally serrated insert above the tang and then rotating the bbl slide assembly up and off the frame. Slide can then be separated from the bbl to confirm that both are marked with matching numbers. According to the consignor, this pistol was presented to Claudio Williman, 20th President of Uruguay (1907 – 1911), following the Madsen machine gun contract to Uruguay, ca. 1910-11. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95% orig rust blue, the balance involved by patchy oxidation reflective of poor storage – particularly on leading edge of right side of slide & frame, and bottom right frame, grip & toe of magazine. Missing lanyard ring. Bright bore with sharp rifling & mild oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. A highly desirable Schouboe with historic provenance. 4-52513 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2225

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2226

*◊ DANISH M1906 SCHOUBOE, FIRST VARIATION, METAL GRIPS.

SN 249. Cal. 11.35mm. The Danish Schouboe is a rare, single action, internal hammer, blowback .45 Cal. pistol with a frame-mounted rotatable safety, lanyard ring and bottom release magazine. It fired a unique very light weight (wood & aluminium cored/CN jacketed) bullet at high velocity to minimise recoil for the blowback action yet allow use of the large caliber for efficient wounding power. This gun has a 5″ bbl with a fixed front sight & a fixed, slip-in rear sight, tensioned by a long spring, whose back face is horizontally serrated. The left side of the slide is marked “DANSK REKYLRIFFEL SYNDIKAT / KOBENHAVN.” with SN “249” marked on the rear surface of the tang. Missing holdopen. Metallic grips with pressed checkering, each secured with a single screw at bottom of the panel. Missing magazine that should be of standard form with five indicator holes. Dismounting is accomplished by depressing the horizontally serrated insert above the tang and then rotating the bbl slide assembly up and off the frame. Slide can then be separated from the bbl, confirming that both are marked with matching numbers. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 80% orig rust blue, the balance with sharp edge wear and patchy oxidation. Bright bore with strong rifling & mild oxidation. As tensioning spring is weak, transfer bar does not reliably engage sear for hammer fall; missing holdopen & magazine; otherwise, perfect manual mechanics. An early development large caliber pistol, highly desirable in any condition. 4-52534 (7,500-10,500) – Lot 2226

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2227
Revised: 3/6/2015

Please note typographical error: This gun is antique,not modern.

*◊ SPANISH CHAROLA Y ANITUA, 7MM, DETACHABLE MAGAZINE.

SN 11725. Cal. 7mm. Charola Y Anitua only made a small number of 7mm pistols with detachable magazine. All were single action pistols, finished with a rust blue, whose external appearance was reminiscent of a scaled-down C96. This pistol has a 3-1/4″ bbl with a fixed front & rear sight. The top of the bbl is marked “BEST SHOOTING PISTOL”. Top of the chamber marked “PATENT”. SN “11725” appears on top of the bolt. The only marking on the left frame, fitted with a lanyard ring, is the winged bullet over a bannered “TRADEMARK”, an unabashed copy of the Webley & Scott logo. It should be noted that pistols earmarked for export were usually marked “TRADEMARK” as opposed to the Spanish equivalent. A small field of engraving is in front of magazine housing. Special ordered grips of smooth mother of pearl. Unmarked detachable magazine. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 90% orig rust blue which presents better as most of the wear is under trigger guard and front & backstraps that have largely thinned to grey or cleaned. Comparable oxidative discoloration of the in-the-white bolt and fading of the hammer & trigger. Extractor has most of its orig fire blue. Very good magazine with orig blue commensurate with pistol. Excellent condition MOP grips with only a few minute chips on upper edge of right panel. Bright bore with strong rifling, minimal oxidation. Hammer will not stay back unless safety is engaged. No other problems on manual function. 4-52511 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2227

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2228

*◊ HIGH CONDITION CAMPO-GIRO M1913-16, SPANISH MILITARY.

SN 08349. Cal. 9mm Largo. Campo-Giro M1913-16 pistol used by the Spanish military. Single action delayed blowback, top ejection, with an external hammer & bottom magazine release. Slide with fixed front & rear sight. Crest marked “CAMPO-GIRO / PAT. 34798-54214 / 1904-1916” followed by a wreath that surmounts “ESPERANZA Y UNCETA / GUERNICA”. Unmarked in the white bbl that is 6-5/8″ in length. Left side of frame marked “Pista. auta. mod. 1913-16” over the SN 08349. Left tang marked with the early Spanish military acceptance. Pressed buffalo horn grips molded to include the name Camp-Giro and the intertwined “E/U” initials reflecting manufacture by Esperanza Y Unceta. Unnumbered magazine whose left side is marked with a 5-pointed star surrounded by a wreath. Slide, frame and magazine body are rust blued. Hammer, trigger and safety are case hardened. Grip screws are salt blued. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 98% strong orig rust blue with minor sharp edge wear & minor scattering of oxidative flecks. Comparable condition color case hardening on small parts. Excellent orig grips without noticeable warpage. No cracks or splits. Refinished grips screws. Very good condition magazine. Dark bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. A classic Spanish military pistol. 4-52516 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2228

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2229

*◊ FROMMER M1910 COMMERCIAL WITH SPARE MAGAZINE.

SN 7179. Cal. 7.65mm. Standard production Frommer M1910, a single action pistol with grip safety, made with fixed front & rear sight. Left sideplate marked “FEGYVERGYAR-BUDDAPEST-FROMMER-PAT.” along with SN “7179”. Distinctive knurled bbl bushing for disassembly and an in-the-white bolt whose rotating head reflects its Krynka-Roth development. Fitted with finely serrated wood panels and a push button detachable magazine whose design is very similar to the Luger. Major components are rust blued. Hammer, trigger and grip safety have a dull grey finish. Bright-bodied magazines with wood bases. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 70% orig finish with uniform fading. Comparable condition staining of the hammer, trigger and grip safety. Orig grips with surface blunting, particularly on left panel where extending into the sideplate. Small segment 3/16″ x 3/8″ is missing from the upper edge of right panel. Orig magazines in near excellent condition including their wood bases; one still has orig varnish, other having been lightly sanded. Bright bore with strong rifling, mild oxidation. Bolt does not hold open with either inserted magazine. Manual mechanics otherwise perfect. 4-52453 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2229

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2230

*◊ FROMMER STOP M1912, HUNGARIAN PROOF, IMPERIAL GERMAN ARMY ACCEPTANCE.

SN 86063. Cal. 7.65mm. Standard, blued Frommer M1912 Stop pistol, made 1912-1929, single action with external hammer, grip safety and bottom magazine release. Usual 3-3/4″ bbl with fixed front & drift adjustable rear sight. Left side of bbl housing marked “FEGYVERGYAR-BUDAPEST.FROMMER-PAT.STOP CAL. 7.65MM (.32)” and left side of the trigger guard marked with the Crown/D Imperial German acceptance above the Hungarian proof. SN “86063” is on the left tang along with a British Crown/BNP marking. Wood grips with vertical serrations under the recessed and impressed “FS” logo. Correct magazine with six indicator holes marked “7.65 FROMMER” on the base. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 90% arsenal redip over mild surface etching, particularly on right side of pistol. Slight thinning on each side of bbl housing & grip safety. Very good condition orig grips with blunting & scattering of handling dings. Magazine in very good orig condition. Bright bore with strong rifling, mild oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. 4-52318 (500-1,000) – Lot 2230

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2231

*◊ ANCIENS ETABLISSEMENTS PIEPER M1908, PROTOTYPE IN .45 ACP, U.S. TEST TRIAL.

SN 8B. Cal. .45 ACP. AE Pieper M1908 in .45 Cal. that appears to be a standard 7.65mm pistol on steroids. Every component has been redesigned and enlarged to handle the potent .45 ACP Caliber. As with the smaller M1908 guns, this example is a single action blowback with an internal hammer. It is fitted with a 4-3/4″ tipping bbl with a fixed front sight. Drift adjustable rear sight attaches to the slide above a raised checkered base. The left side the slide housing is marked “N. PIEPER PATENT”. Belgian proofs appear on left side of the bbl & below on the frame extension. A rotating safety lever on the left tang is marked “SAFE” & “FIRE”. Originally unnumbered, “8B” was applied forward of the bbl release lever for purpose of importation. The frame is fitted with checkered wood panels, bordered, each fixed with two securing screws. Bottom magazine release. Magazine has six indicator holes and an exaggerated rear toe as typical for the smaller M1908s. PROVENANCE: Ex-Henk Visser Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 70% orig bright blue, the rest having transitioned to patchy grey with early etching on left side of bbl. Freshened fire blue on rear sight and safety lever. Condition of grips in keeping with overall appearance of pistol. Dark, with checkered blunting, & scattering of handling dings. Very good orig finish magazine. Dull bore with strong rifling, minimal oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics, though magazine is very difficult to fully insert, requiring minor adjustment for smooth operation. An extraordinarily rare Pieper pistol, submitted for U.S. Army testing ca 1912, the only example known to this cataloger (see E Scott Meadows: U. S. Military Automatic Pistols Volume 1 1894-1920). 4-52506 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2231

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2232

*◊ PHENOMENAL MAUSER M1912/14 IN .45 ACP WITH MATCHING MAGAZINE.

SN 8. Cal. .45 ACP. Mauser only made a handful of prototype 1912/14 pistols in .45 ACP whose method of operation is very similar to the far smaller 9 mm M1912/14s. This single action, internal hammer pistol uses a vertically dropping wedge at the front of the frame which engages a lug under the slide to delay the blowback action, in conjunction with a spring recoil buffer. It has a serrated slide release in front of the trigger guard and a butt-heel mounted magazine release. This example has a 5″ bbl with a fixed front and a shallow drift adjustable rear sight. The left side of the slide is marked “WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER A.-G. OBERNDORD A.N. MAUSER’S PATENT.”. As true for all prototype pistols, there are no proof marks. SN “8” is on the slide in front of the rear sight, back of the tang, in front of the recoil spring guide, under the sideplate, on the horizontal crosspin buffer, and on a variety of other internal parts. Magazine is also matching with “8” applied to lower spine. Fitted with a single piece wraparound grip having a checkered panel on each side and secured with 2 screws. The magazine body, not slotted, is in-the-white with a rust blued split tail floorplate. Major components are rust blued. The recoil spring guide, trigger, extractor and grip screws are fire blued. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Phenomenal restoration retaining virtually reapplied rust blue. Same high condition applies to the fire blued small parts, that have been enhanced with tonal-correct colors, as appropriate to this level of restoration. Bright in-the-white crosspin buffer and slide release. Orig grips, retaining most orig varnish, slightly darkened, with minor checkering losses around retaining screws and scattering of superficial dings. Magazine wall is bright with negligible oxidative change. Rust blued floorplate shows no wear. Bright bore with slightly shallow rifling & minimal oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. One of only 2 M1912s in 45 caliber known to this reviewer. An extraordinary pistol in any condition, well suited for the most advanced collection. 4-53045 (50,000-75,000) – Lot 2232

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2233

*◊ EXTRAORDINARY NICKL DESIGN MAUSER M1916/22 PROTOTYPE PISTOL, 9MM NICKL.

SN 29. Cal. 9mm Nickl (a reduced rim 9 mm Kurz case). Experimental Mauser pistol designed by Josef Nickl with rotating bbl system (Steyr pattern) later utilized in the CZ vz. 22 et seq. pistols. This full size example, with the external appearance of the CZ 22, has a 4″ bbl with a fixed front sight and drift adjustable rear sight. The slide is devoid of any markings except the SN “29” on the rib. Detachable side plate is marked with the Mauser banner followed by the 2-line address “Waffenfabrik Mauser A.G. / Oberndorf a.N.”. SN is repeated on bbl bushing, back of the frame, on appropriate internal parts and on back of the orig magazine. Major and most minor parts including trigger & magazine floorplate are rust blued. Hammer is strawed. Pistol is fitted with a single piece checkered grip. PROVENANCE: Ex Visser collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 90-95% orig blue with sharp edge wear and uniform fading. Near excellent grips with orig finish and sharp checkering showing a scattering of superficial dings. Minimal oil staining and no splits or chips. Bright bore with strong rifling, minor oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. A very rare Mauser Nickl M1916/22 prototype that was the forerunner to a historic lineage of CZ pistols. 4-53047 (27,500-37,500) – Lot 2233

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2234

*◊ ULTRA RARE & HISTORIC BERLIN-SUHLER WAFFENWERK (BSW) GAS OPERATED PISTOL, GERMAN TEST TRIAL 1936-37, SPARE MAGAZINE.

SN 9A. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Extraordinarily rare and highly desirable BSW gas operated prototype, a close competitor to the P38, that was considered by the German military in 1936-37. Several variations were assembled, this double action only version having a sheet metal slide and a matted alloy frame. Gas unlocking action and single column magazine holding 8 cartridges. This exceptional pistol is unmarked except for the “9A” that was applied to the left tang for purposes of importation. This full size pistol has a 5″ bbl and a drift adjustable front & rear sight dovetailed into a shallow checkered rib. Forward slide serrations and a slide mounted safety whose detents are marked with an “S” and a red button. Lowering the forward locking lever to permit retracting the slide and lowering the forward locking lever extension will show the forward gas port under the bbl through which muzzle gases blow the lever downwards on firing as the bullet clears the muzzle to unlock the slide. Checkered push button magazine release adjacent to the serrated slide release. At the bottom of the magazine is a flat unnumbered floorplate. Consignor mentioned that this pistol is one of only three known, an affirmation independently confirmed by the cataloger. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Illustrated TBLAP. CONDITION: Fantastic BSW prototype pistol in about 80% orig condition with most of the blue having faded from the slide that now appears as a toned, dark grey. The alloy frame retains over 95% of its original black matte finish. High condition orig grip panels, with sharp checkering, having only a few minor handling mars. Near excellent condition magazine and spare: one with a blued base, one with a plum base. Generally bright bore with sharp rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. A developmentally important prototype, tested by the German military, sure to enhance any collection of military or early automatic pistols. 4-52509 (32,500-42,500) – Lot 2234

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2235

*◊ PHENOMENAL WALTHER MP-PP BLOWBACK PROTOTYPE, SHOULDER STOCK LUG.

SN 6B. Cal. 9mm Steyr (9 x 23 mm). Extraordinary Walther MP-PP single action/double action blowback pistol with earliest Walther (PP) pattern split firing pin, early 90 degree safety and single column magazine. Walther only made a handful of these large salt blued guns, this one with salt blued small parts, excepting fire blued trigger, having a 5″ bbl, appropriately extended slide, and full size frame. Left slide marked with the 2-line Walther address followed by the Walther banner. Unlike most MP-PP pistols, there is no caliber notation nor is there any reference to the model M.P. Crown/N proofing in a stacked pattern on right side of the bbl hood, right side of the slide and right side of the frame. Originally unnumbered, the gun is marked “6B” on the right frame for purpose of importation. The backstrap on this example has an integral Luger pattern stock lug (dimensioned to accept and lock with a Luger stock attaching iron). Checkered walnut grips with bordered securing screws. Orig unmarked magazine 4 mm wider than the 9 mm Para MP magazine to accommodate the 9 mm Steyr cartridge. PROVENANCE: Chilean origins, possibly for trials to replace the Chilean Steyr M1912 pistols; Ex Henk Visser Collection. Illustrated TBLAP. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Spectacular 98% bright orig blue with mild thinning of front & backstrap. On each side of slide, just ahead of slide serrations, is a small patch of discoloration reflective of local heat treatment of the guide lugs at the corresponding position inside the slide performed at the Walther factory before the slide was blued. Notice that the Crown N marking on slide has proud edges being applied after blueing. Much of the fire blue on trigger has faded; remaining small parts in same condition as rest of pistol. Grips retain virtually all orig varnish with only minor handling marks. Comparable condition magazine. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. An absolutely fantastic Walther prototype that would enhance the most advanced collection. 4-53052 (55,000-85,000) – Lot 2235

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2236

*◊ ULTRA RARE WALTHER VOLKSPISTOLE, SHEET METAL DOUBLE ACTION PROTOTYPE, 9MM PARABELLUM.

SN 3B. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Exceedingly rare Walther sheet metal prototype, blued finish, double action/single action, with rotary locked bbl (Steyr pattern) having large diameter muzzle band. This example has a 4-3/4″ bbl with a fixed front & drift adjustable rear sight attached to a machined slide with riveted bbl control cams. The left side of the slide is marked with the Walther banner. No safety catch on slide and no slide release for manual manipulation on frame. The all pressed sheet steel/spot welded construction grip is marked “3B” for purpose of importation. Mounted on the left side is a pressed takedown lever and a flat slide holdopen. On bottom of the left frame is a lanyard loop. A standard P38 magazine, marked “P38/U” is retained via a bottom magazine release. Wood grips are coarsely checkered & bordered, each retained by two screws. A precursor of the all pressed steel construction Walther Volkspistole, this example from ca. 1943 reflects a mastery of pressed sheet metal construction combined with a machined slide and turning barrel locking action, reminiscent of the Steyr M1912 or Nickl/CZ pistols. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Illustrated TBLAP. CONDITION: Approx 90% orig salt blue with age appropriate staining & fading, noticeably spotted over the Walther banner logo, with front & backstrap wear consistent with balance of gun. Excellent orig grips with only a few handling dings. No checkering losses, splits or chips.Right grip missing lower screw. Near excellent P38 magazine. Bright near mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. One of Walther’s most desirable wartime prototype pistols, often regarded as the Holy Grail for advanced collectors. 4-53061 (65,000-85,000) – Lot 2236

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2237

*◊ RARE SA GRUPPE NIEDERRHEIN MARKED WALTHER PP PISTOL.

SN 106895P. Cal. 7.65mm 3-7/8″ bbl. Walther banner followed by “Waffenfabrik Walther, Zella-Mehlis (Thur)/Walther’s Patent Cal. 7.65mm” on left slide followed by “Mod PP”. Horizontal Crown/N proof on right slide and on chamber visible through ejection port. Full SN on left frame. Slide is matching. Black plastic Walther banner grips with border. Front grip strap is marked “SA der NSDAP/Gruppe Neiderrhein”. Original magazine is marked with Walther banner above “PP 7.65mm”. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 90% blue with normal wear on slide and straps. Sharp edges are silvering. Slide and grip straps have some light corrosion. Grips are sharp with very little wear. Magazine retains 97% blue. Mechanics are fine. Bore is bright and sharp. 4-52612 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2237

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2238

*◊ VERY SCARCE WALTHER PP PISTOL, BOTTOM MAGAZINE RELEASE, CHILEAN MILITARY.

SN 108073P. Cal. 9mm Kurz. Walther PP in .380 ACP, with bottom magazine release, marked for the Chilean military. Standard configuration pistol with fixed front sight & drift adjustable rear sight. Left side of the slide marked with the Walther banner followed by the 2-line Walther address that specifies “Cal. 9mm” and denomination “Mod. PP”. Right side of the slide marked “EJERCITO DE CHILE”. Crown N proofing on right side of the bbl hood & right slide below ejection port. Full SN is on right side of frame. Bottom magazine release. Black plastic Walther banner grips. Unmarked magazine with a small Walther banner on left side of the wall near the floorplate (no Cal. 9mm marking). PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 85-90% orig salt blue with most wear relating to the grip straps that have largely faded to a pleasant grey patina. Orig grips whose condition is in keeping with overall appearance of pistol; the left panel missing a thin strip of checkering just inside leading border. Near excellent magazine. Bright mirror bore with strong rifling. Slide does not hold open with existing magazine but functions properly with a substitute. One of the scarcest bottom magazine release PPs, seldom offered for sale, well suited to any military collection. 4-53301 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2238

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2239

*◊ WALTHER PP, BOTTOM MAGAZINE RELEASE.

SN 115573P. Cal. 9mm Kurz. Walther PP in .380 ACP, with bottom magazine release, made for commercial sale. Standard configuration pistol with fixed front sight & drift adjustable rear sight. Left side of the slide marked with the Walther banner followed by the 2-line Walther address that specifies “Cal. 9mm” and model denomination “Mod. PP”. Crown N proofing on right side of the bbl hood & right slide below ejection port. Full SN is on right side of frame. British proofs applied. Bottom magazine release. Black plastic Walther banner grips. Correct Walther magazine with a small Walther banner on left side of the wall near the floorplate over “Cal. 9mm”. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95% orig salt blue with slight fading on slide. Surprisingly strong front & backstraps that show very little wear. Near excellent grips without splits or chips. Orig magazine in very good condition with thinned blue on right side of housing. Near mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. 4-52608 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2239

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2240

*◊ WALTHER P1 PROTOTYPE PISTOL WITH PUSH BUTTON MAGAZINE RELEASE, SN 5.

SN 5. Cal. 9mm. Walther P1 Prototype pistol with standard features and markings, except for SN placement, wherein “5” is stamped inside the forward frame, and the prototype push button magazine release located behind the trigger guard. Usual 5″ bbl with drift adjustable front sight & fixed rear sight, both white dot highlighted. Slide with loaded cartridge indicator. Marked on the left side with the Walther banner followed by “P1 Kal. 9mm/5/76*”. Safety detents marked with a white “S” & a red “F”. There are no other markings on the pistol that was completed with a black alloy frame and standard black plastic checkered grips secured with a single screw and provisioned for a lanyard ring. Modified Commercial P38 magazine with side cut for latch engagement, marked with a Walther banner surmounting “P38 9mm” on bottom of left side, notched for retention. PROVENANCE: Ex Hen Visser collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Prototype is virtually new, having well over 99% orig parkerized & black anodized finish. Comparable condition grips. Magazine has had most of body bright polished following modification with salt blue remaining near bottom, blued floorplate. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. A virtually new, Walther P1 Prototype. 4-53066 (3,500-5,000) – Lot 2240

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2241

*◊ WALTHER P5 PROTOTYPE PISTOL, ALLOY FRAME.

SN 63. Cal. 9mm. The P5 is Walther’s most modern derivative of the P38. This double action pistol has a fixed front sight and a horizontally screw-adjustable rear sight, both with white highlighting, a 3-5/8″ bbl, and an alloy frame with horizontal serrations on front of the trigger guard and vertical striations on frontstrap. Function and takedown is as a P38. Markings & numeration different from production guns offered in U.S. Left side of the slide is marked with a 2-line Walther legend “Carl Walther Waffenfabrik Ulm/Do.” surmounting the Walther banner & model designation “P5”. Modern Eagle/N proof mark on right side of slide & left side of bbl lug. Disassembly shows no visible number on slide or locking block that is internally marked “P4”. Bbl marked “9 PARA” on forward lug and internally matched “63”. 2-pc wood grips with sharply cut checkering. Correct magazine marked with Walther banner/”P5-9×19″ on lower portion of left side. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: 99% orig finish with sharp edge wear largely confined to the slide. No discernible handling wear on alloy frame. Near new wood grips & magazine. Late production prototype in immaculate condition. 4-53067 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2241

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2242

*◊ EXPERIMENTAL WALTHER OLYMPIA PISTOL, IN-THE-WHITE, CALIBER 7.65MM.

SN 5. Cal. 7.65mm. Tool room prototype of a Walther Olympia pistol in 7.65mm that was never taken into production. Blowback mechanism with internal hammer, safety lever mounted on the left frame just ahead of the grip panel, push button magazine release. This unfinished in-the-white example, unmarked except for SN “5” marked on the left frame under the grip, has a 7-1/2″ bbl with a vertically adjustable front sight with screw fixation & a horizontal screw-adjustable rear sight. The sides of the slide have been milled flat, the forward 3-1/2″ having an open top. Fine grasping serrations on either side in the usual location. Blued magazine release, safety lever, trigger and trigger guard appear as per usual Olympia pistols. The front of the frame has been drilled & recessed for counter weights. 2-pc grips with generous paneled target checkering in the typical pre-WWII Walter target pistol style secured with two screws. Blued magazine has seven indicator holes and is marked on lower left side with small Walther banner. At the base is a wood extension, secured by two screws, finished to match the rest of the grip. The original flip-open holster is with this lot. Made of pale tan leather with down strap/button closure of the flap, a blued, flat leaf spring riveted to the rear of the body and flap flips the flap fully open as soon as the strap is released from its button closure. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Bright in-the-white metal with rough machine marks showing minimal age-related staining. Blued parts retain over 99% of orig finish. Grips have virtually all varnish, though right side has number of handling marks on upper portion. Excellent condition & well fitting magazine. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. Holster excellent with minimal marks and staining, blued opening spring without significant corrosion. The only Olympia pistol in 7.65mm known to this cataloger, a real Walther prototype rarity. 4-53058 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2242

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2243

RARE WALTHER MODEL SLD STAINLESS STEEL DOUBLE BARREL SIGNAL PISTOL.

SN 1851. 27mm 9-1/8″ bbl with walnut forearm. Selector level behind chamber Dopple/Sschuss on back of frame. “1940 ac 1851” (manufactured by Walther in 1940, SN 1851) followed by Eagle/M III/3 proof on left frame. “Sicher” & “Feuer” under safety lever. Eagle proof on right side of frame. Checkered walnut grips with border. Only 4,000 examples of this model were made of stainless steel. These are rarer and much heavier then the aluminum versions. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Minor dings and scratches to stainless steel finish overall. Grips and forearm have normal minor dings and scratches. Bores are lightly worn and lightly frosted. Mechanics are fine. 4-52732 (2,000-3,500) – Lot 2243

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2244

*◊ HIGHLY DESIRABLE HSc, NAZI NAVY.

SN 764806. Cal. 7.65mm. Standard, early production high polish HSc with fixed front & drift adjustable rear sight. Matted rib. Left side with the usual Mauser banner followed by a 2-line legend (no imprinted lines): “Mauser-Werke A.G. Oberndorf a.N. / Mod. HSc Kal. 7,65 mm”. Eagle N proofing is on right side of trigger guard. Left trigger guard marked Kriegsmarine acceptance stamp Eagle/M III/5. Frontstrap marked with the Kriegsmarine Eagle/M and the full SN that appears at the bottom. Lanyard hole at base of backstrap. Major & most minor components salt blued. Bbl in-the-white. Wood grips with impressed bordered checkering. Correct magazine with a grey body and detachable blued base, round toe, imprinted with the Mauser banner. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: At least 95% bright orig salt blue with sharp edge wear & specking of front & backstraps. Bbl with minor staining. Excellent grips with minor handling marks, no chips or splits. Excellent condition orig magazine. Mirror bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. 4-52274 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2244

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2245

*◊ EXTREMELY RARE SIG NEUHAUSEN MODEL P44/8, 1ST PROTOTYPE SERIES SIG P210.

SN 6005. Cal. 9 mm. These early SIG prototypes were closely modeled after the French Mle.1935A. This single action, locked breech pistol has a pearl Parkerized finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, fixed sights, external hammer, magazine safety and push button magazine release. The left side of slide marked “Schweizerische Jndustrie-Gesellschaft Neuhausen a/Rhf”. A loaded indicator is on top of the slide. On left slide, near the rear under the rear sight, is a rotatable Petter style safety whose detents are marked with an “S” & “F”. Full SN on left side of frame forward of the slide lock/takedown lever. Heel of backstrap has a recessed lanyard bar. Trigger, hammer, slide lock, safety, magazine catch and grip screws are all straw colored. Mounted with coarse checkered 2-pc black plastic grips that are unnumbered. Orig single stack magazine numbered “07” at bottom of the spine. Disassembly shows a matching numbered slide, bbl and slide lock. The bbl incorporates Petter double links, which follows the Colt 1911 system, to lower the rear of the bbl for recoil and extraction. Only the first 10 prototypes were originally fitted with these Petter links, later P44/8 pistols discontinued use of these links in favor of the SIG patented angled control cam slot, machined integrally with the bbl first retrofitted to pistol sn 6007, which formed a more accurate lock and gave far better control of barrel motion than the swinging links since the slot allowed the bullet to leave the barrel before the chamber started to drop for unlocking. PROVENANCE: Ex-SIG Factory collection, Ex Henk Visser Collection, illustrated TBLAP. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Retains about 98% orig pearl Parkerized finish with only faint sharp edge wear & minor freckling of backstrap. Small parts retain most of their orig straw colors. Plastic grips with only the most minute handling marks. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. Very few of these unaltered pistols exist outside of European museums and collections, a real highlight for any SIG or automatic pistol collector. 4-52540 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2245

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2246

*◊ EXPERIMENTAL W+F BERN P43 SWISS MILITARY TEST WITH EXTERNAL SLIDE RELEASE.

SN 33. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Bern Arsenal designed and manufactured a variety of pistols during and after WWII for military consideration when the Swiss were looking to replace their M1929 Luger with a more modern and cheaper pistol. All were numbered in a single sequential series. A number of mid-late production guns were based on the FN High Power. This example, within the HP based series, has a locked breech 5″ bbl, a drift adjustable front sight and a fixed rear sight. On the upper left slide is a loaded indicator. An external extractor is in the usual location. Left side of the pistol is marked with the SN “33” on both the slide & frame. A Swiss cross in shield is on the mid-slide and the encircled W+F logo on the rear slide. Above the left grip is a long safety bar whose detents are marked “S” and “F”. Like the FN High Power, there is an external slide release. To improve gripping, front & backstraps have been left with their crude cast surfaces. Major components are blued except the bbl, hammer and trigger that are in the white. Wood grips with raised serrated panels. Disassembly shows a matched bbl, a matching slide release & matching magazine whose base has a large serrated ear on each side to facilitate removal. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: 98% bright orig blue. Only minimal discoloration of the in the white parts. Comparable condition grips that retain most of their orig varnish. Bright bore with sharp rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. An exceptionally nice Swiss test pistol, based on the High Power, that would complement any collection of Swiss or automatic pistols. 4-52544 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2246

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2247

VERY SCARCE DREYSE NEEDLEFIRE REVOLVER, .39” CAL, LIGHTLY ENGRAVED.

SN 6932. Cal. .39. Dreyse made relatively few needlefire revolvers, particularly the large version in .39” calibre. This double action only example has a 4-3/4″ bbl with a drift adjustable front sight and a fixed rear sight. The top strap reads “F.v. DREYSE SOMMERDA”. The SN 6932 is marked on the rear of the cylinder and reappears within a light scroll on the left side of the frame while the caliber designation “Cal: 39.4 1/2 Cent Pulv”, is on the right frame. A scriptic “AW” is stamped on the front of the frame, partially covered by the cylinder pin lever. Additional light scroll is on the rear of the receiver and under the trigger guard that was originally case hardened. The exaggerated grip has fine wraparound checkering that extends to the frontstrap. At the base is a robust non-rotatable lanyard ring. PROVENANCE: Ex-collection Henk Visser. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approximately 90% bright original blue with fine scratches mixed with minor oxidation. High edge wear and cylinder line as expected from mild-moderate use. Most of the case coloring has faded from the trigger guard and frontstrap that have now toned to a pleasant gray. Comparable condition single piece grip with only minimal blunting of checkering and a few tiny losses. Perfect manual operation though the tip of the released firing pin does not extend beyond recoil shield. Overall, a very attractive, high condition large caliber Dreyse Needlefire that would enhance any collection. 4-52422 (7,500-9,500) – Lot 2247

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2248

DREYSE M1893 BABY REICHSREVOLVER, DOUBLE TRIGGER, WITH EJECTOR.

SN 314. Cal. .380. Dreyse made very few Baby Reichsrevolvers; this example has 3-3/8″ bbl, double triggers and a frame-mounted safety behind the hammer that needs to be retracted before the hammer can be cocked. Fixed front & rear sight. Left upper chamber flat marked with Crown/Crown U pressure proof; left chamber flat marked with SN “314”. Sideplate marked “F. DREYSE SOEMMERDA” within a horizontal oval. Rear of the cyl is matching numbered “314”. All visible small parts, including the screw heads and grip escutcheons, marked with matching “14”. Finely checkered wood grips, each secured with a central screw & escutcheon. Major parts finished with a high polish blue; small parts fire blued (grip escutcheons); strawed (screws) or left in-the-white (hammer). PROVENANCE: Ex Dinely Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 40-50% orig blue with comparable fading of small parts. Dull bore with easily discernible rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. One of the most difficult to find Dreyse revolvers. 4-52562 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2248

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2249

HIGHLY DESIRABLE MAUSER ZIG-ZAG SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 738. Cal. 9mm Mauser Revolver. Blue finish with 5-1/4″ keyhole shaped bbl with integral front and rear sight. Bbl rib marked “GEBR. MAUSER & CIE OBERNDORF A/N WURTTEMBERG. 1878. PATENT”. Crown/Crown U marking appears on the left side bbl lug and on the cyl. The SN 738 appears on back of fire blued cylinder, under the locking lever and on the frame lug. Top strap has an open slot. Cylinder has the characteristic feature of the “Zig-Zag” pattern around the outside diameter that acts as a slot for the hand to rotate the cyl for the next shot. Left front side of the frame has a thumb safety that locks the cylinder by means of notches in the protruding rim. Bottom front of the frame has a lever that is attached to the bbl which, when opened, allows the bbl to tip up for reloading. Orig 2-pc hard rubber grips, unnumbered, with a intricate design featuring an egret and dragon. Butt of the frame has a rotatable lanyard stud and ring. Bbl & frame are rust blued; cyl, safety lever and screws are fire blued; hammer & takedown lever are color case hardened. Production numbers of the Zig-Zag revolver are unknown but believed to be limited, examples being particularly scarce in the U.S. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 85-90% orig orig rust blue with front of bbl and much of trigger guard with brown patina. Comparable or better condition orig fire blue on safety, cyl (patchy areas with old grease) and trigger. Hammer and takedown lever retain most of their faded case colors. Spectacularly nice grips with bold molding that show only a few superficial handling marks. No chips, cracks or losses. Near mirror bore with sharp rifling and only minimal oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. 4-52570 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2249

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2250

*◊ WEBLEY FOSBERY M1901 PROTOTYPE REVOLVER WITH HIGH BARREL RIB.

SN 69. Cal. .455. Very early Webley Fosbery M1901 revolver, blued, with large cyl & frame, smooth thin trigger, with usual self-cocking mechanism/zig-zag cyl, having a 6″ bbl with a full height rib (Pryse ribbed bbl), a pinned Patridge front sight & drift adjustable rear sight. Levered top break release. Bbl rib marked “P. WEBLEY & SON LONDON & BIRMINGHAM”. Left side of top strap is marked “WEBLEY FOSBERY AUTOMATIC”; left side of frame has the Webley flying bullet logo followed by “.455 CORDITE”. SN “69” is on the right side of the frame & repeated under the bbl & on front face of cyl that has prototype scalloped recesses in front & back. Mounted on left side of frame is a prototype safety lever that operates in the normal manner. At the base of the frame is a rotatable lanyard ring. Fitted with 2-pc checkered grips, neither having been numbered. NOTE: In addition to the high bbl rib, this revolver has a differently contoured bbl release lever that is more beveled at the top, a higher than usual sight blade, and each side of the bbl flange has 1/4″ diameter lightening hole. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 20% orig blue in protected areas, elsewhere having gently transitioned to a mellow grey-brown. Comparable condition grips with scattered dings & minor losses. No cracks. Very bright bore with shallow rifling & minor oxidation. Hammer & safety operate properly, but unable to manually cycle – mechanics need adjustment. One of the earliest pre-production Fosberys, with a dramatically different prototype bbl and release lever, seldom if ever offered for sale. 4-52499 (11,000-15,000) – Lot 2250

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2251

*◊ EARLY WEBLEY FOSBERY M1901 REVOLVER, SN 28.

SN 28. Cal. .455. Very early Webley Fosbery M1901 revolver, blued, with large cyl & frame, smooth thin trigger, with usual self-cocking mechanism/zig-zag cyl, having a 6″ bbl, with fixed front & rear sights. Levered top break release. Rear of cylinder deeply scalloped between chambers and rear edge beveled for weight reduction. Bbl rib marked “P. WEBLEY & SON LONDON & BIRMINGHAM”. Left side of top strap is marked “WEBLEY FOSBERY AUTOMATIC”; left side of frame has the Webley flying bullet logo followed by “.455 CORDITE”. SN “28” is on the right side of the frame & repeated under the bbl & on front face of cyl that has scalloped recesses in front & back. Mounted on left side of frame is an early prototype of the standard safety lever that operates in the normal manner. At the base of the frame is a rotatable lanyard ring. Fitted with checkered 2-pc walnut grips, each with factory matching number. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 80% orig brushed blue with gentle oxidative changes on bbl & grips straps that have largely transitioned to a mellow brown. Comparable condition grips with scattered dings & minor losses. No cracks. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. One of the earliest production Fosberys, with a dramatically scalloped cylinder and newly standardized safety lever, well suited to any collector of early firearms. 4-52498 (12,500-25,000) – Lot 2251

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2252

*◊ HIGH CONDITION WEBLEY FOSBERY M1903 REVOLVER, TARGET MODEL.

SN 3664. Cal. .455. Scarce Webley Fosbery M1903 Target model, blued, with small cyl & frame, checkered trigger, with usual self-cocking mechanism/zig-zag cyl, having a 7-3/8″ bbl, with a screwed-in front sight & drift adjustable blade rear sight. Levered top break release. Bbl rib marked “P. WEBLEY & SON. LONDON & BIRMINGHAM.” Left side of top strap is marked “WEBLEY FOSBERY”; left side of frame has the Webley flying bullet logo followed by “.455 CORDITE”. SN is on the right side of the frame & repeated under the bbl & on back of cyl. Crown/BP & Crown/BV proofing on cyl & bbl. Mounted on left side of frame is a thumb safety that, when engaged in the “up” position, exposes a small brass plate in the grip marked “SAFE”. At the base of the frame is a rotatable lanyard ring. Fitted with unnumbered, checkered 2-pc walnut grips. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95-97% orig brushed blue with scattered handling dings & minor fading. Same condition applies to the grip straps along with blackened hammer, release lever, safety & trigger. Comparable condition grips with scattered dings & minor losses. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. Of the approx 4,800 Webley Fosberys produced between 1903-1924, relatively few were target models, this being an exceptionally nice example. 4-52501 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2252

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2253

*◊ WEBLEY FOSBERY M1903 TARGET SHOOTING PRIZE REVOLVER IN CASE.

SN 3586. Cal. .455. Scarce Webley Fosbery M1903 Target model, blued, with small cyl & frame, checkered trigger, with usual self-cocking mechanism/zig-zag cyl, having a 7-3/8″ bbl, with a screwed-in front sight (marked 20 yards) & drift adjustable rear sight blade. Levered top break release. Bbl rib marked “P. WEBLEY & SON. LONDON & BIRMINGHAM.” Left side of top strap is marked “WEBLEY FOSBERY”; left side of frame has the Webley flying bullet logo followed by “.455 CORDITE”. Ownership by H.R.W. Wood/R.M.C. 1912 is nicely marked on right side of the frame along with the SN “3586” that is repeated on under the bbl & on back of cyl. Crown/BP & Crown/BV proofing on cyl & bbl. Missing from the left side of the frame is a thumb lever that, when engaged in the “up” position, would expose a small brass grip-inserted plaque marked “SAFE”. At the base of the frame is a rotatable lanyard ring. Fitted with unnumbered, checkered 2-pc walnut grips. Accompanied by a classic oak presentation case, constructed in typical English retailer fashion with brass reinforcing screws & a double latched closure in addition to a centrally keyed lock. Top of the case marked “Won By / H.R.W. Wood. / R.M.C. 1912”. The compartmentalized case, purple lined, has an insert for 24 cartridges, and contains a 9″ long cleaning rod. The brass disk missing from the top of the case is present in the interior. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 40% orig brushed blue with remaining finish having gently transitioned to a uniform brown-grey. Same condition applies to the grip straps along with blackened hammer, release lever & trigger. Better condition grips with scattered dings & minor losses. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics, excepting as relate to missing safety. Generally excellent condition case (brass disk easily reinserted) with age appropriate staining & surface dings. Though the right front corner has separated, this is a trivial repair. An interesting Webley Fosbery Target, attractively cased, with ownership provenance. 4-52236 (8,500-12,500) – Lot 2253

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2254

*◊ WEBLEY FOSBERY M1901 PROTOTYPE, JUAN CANEDO, BUENOS AIRES RETAILER.

SN 38. Cal. .455. Early M1901 Prototype, large cyl and frame, originally made to have a hook safety, having a 6″ bbl with fixed front sight marked “WEBLEY FOSBERY AUTOMATIC” on the top strap. Bbl rib is marked “JUAN CANEDO & CIA. RIVADAVIA. 611. BUENOS AIRES.” Missing hook safety, release lever/rear sight and hammer. Left side of the frame marked with winged bullet Webley logo and “455.CORDITE.”. The SN “38” on the right side of the frame, is repeated under the bbl flat & on the front face of the cyl. Frame is fitted with a thin trigger & has a rotatable lanyard ring at the base. Checkered wood panels secured with a central screw. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 10% orig blue in protected areas, the rest having transitioned to a brown-grey with pitting on front of bbl. Comparable condition grips that are well worn, now dark with smoothed checkering; right panel having a missing wedge at the upper rear. Generally bright bore with shallow rifling & oxidation. Cyl will index properly on manual operation. Only a few missing parts would bring this rare revolver back to life! 4-52503 (4,000-6,500) – Lot 2254

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2255

*◊ SUPER RARE WEBLEY & SCOTT PROTOTYPE M1904, HAND ENGRAVED LEGEND, LATE VARIATION.

SN 23. Cal. .455 M1904. Large frame Webley & Scott M1904, single action mechanism, large rowel hammer without gripping serrations, whose 6-1/2″ bbl has a banded front sight. High, horizontally adjustable rear sight helps to grasp/retract the bolt. Major & virtually all minor components are blued. Right side of the frame is marked with SN “23″. Left side has W&S winged bullet logo followed by a large 2-line hand inscribed address “WEBLEY & SCOTT / .455 AUTOMATIC PISTOL”. British proofing appears over the bbl hood, on the bolt, and on left side of the frame. The vertically checkered bar above left grip panel serves to retain and then release the bolt. Dismounting screw on left side, just forward of grip, marked “LOCKED” & “OPEN”. Bottom of frontstrap is drilled with single hole for magazine retention, serving to secure the spring loaded plunger mounted on bottom of the in-the-white magazine. Checkered wood grip panels with diamond borders around the screw escutcheons. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95% blue with expected high point wear, though extractor is spotted. Front & backstraps are particularly strong. Comparable condition magazine, though floorplate has toned. Grips retaining much of orig varnish, with expected handling dings and minor checkering losses. No cracks or splits. Bright bore with strong rifling & minimal frosting. Perfect manual mechanics. A very rare and impressive Webley, very seldom offered for sale, suitable for the most advanced collection. 4-52473 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2255

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2256

*◊ EXTRAORDINARILY RARE WEBLEY NO 1, MARK I, ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY MODEL, WITH ORIGINAL STOCK.

SN 6278. Cal. .455. One of only a handful of surviving Mark I pistols made for the British Royal Horse Artillery in WWI, the total production being only 439 (from Webley company records). Unique features include a 4-position rotatable rear sight marked “50-200” and a strutted hammer safety, secured with 2 detents, that blocks the hammer fall. Bottom of the left frame is slotted for a detachable flat board shoulder stock. The first such pistols, designated No 1, Mark I, as this example, had a slotted plate affixed by rivets to a standard frame. Later guns (designated No 2, Mark I) had a frame re-designed to have an integrally machined stock slot. Features, function & takedown are otherwise identical to the standard Mark I N (Navy issue model), with a slide release mounted on the left frame, a large grip safety and a rotatable lanyard ring at the base of the backstrap. Magazine is released by a push button at bottom of the frame. Left side of the slide is marked with the winged W&S logo followed by a 3-line address “WEBLEY & SCOTT LTD / PISTOL SELF-LOADING 455 MARK I / 1915”. Scattered British proofing dated 15 is on top of the bbl, slide and right side of the tang. SN “6278” appears on the forward frame, just ahead of the trigger guard. All major components are blued or heat treated to a dark hue. Dark brown bakelite grips, unnumbered, checkered to emphasize large diamonds around retaining screws, each panel having a broad arrow acceptance in the upper portion of the central diamond. Correct unmarked magazine. Accompanied by an extremely rare orig flat board shoulder stock whose lug is marked with a broad arrow surmounting British proofs. The lower edge of the stock, under the lug, is numbered “26”; Webley records showing that only 50 of these stocks were ever made. Fit to the pistol is superb – slipping in smoothly with no significant wobble. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 80% orig Webley brushed blue military finish with expected handling wear, particularly under trigger guard, frontstrap & grip safety whose surfaces have transitioned to a pleasant grey-brown. Same consideration & wear pattern involves small parts. Orig grips with slightly blunted checkering & a few minor losses. Chip missing from lower rear portion of right grip where pinned to the frame. Orig magazine in VG-excellent condition. Slightly dull bore with shallow rifling & mild oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. Stock condition is a perfect match for the pistol with transitional toning of the lug. Flat board has orig varnish with age darkening & scattering of superficial dings. One of the few early No 1, Mark I’s to have an added stock lug & the only orig stock known to this cataloger! 4-52476 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2256

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2257

*◊ PROTOTYPE WEBLEY M1910, HAMMERLESS, NO GRIP SAFETY, IN-THE-WHITE.

SN 46504. Cal. 38. Very early in-the-white prototype M1910 hammerless, single action with no grip safety, having many features that differ from later standard production pistols. Differences include: a short extractor; a unique rear sight that, while horizontally adjustable, is secured by a much smaller screw; slide-mounted takedown button without retaining screw (just as used in the M1906 Prototype U.S. test pistol); a differently configured safety/stripping lever that does not expose a “SAFE” marking; wood grips and a non-standard magazine housing (magazine missing; standard mag. will not enter housing). Operation is the same as per standard guns in that the retracted slide is released by rotating the frame-mounted serrated lever counterclockwise. In this position, the gun will fire. Placing the gun on safe requires the lever be rotated horizontally. As per the later guns, this pistol has a 5″ bbl and a slide marked with a winged bullet W&S logo followed by the 3-line address: WEBLEY & SCOTT LTD. / LONDON & BIRMINGHAM / .38 AUTOMATIC PISTOL”. Usual British proofing on top of the chamber, slide & right tang. The only other marking on the frame is the SN “46504” applied to the left tang which is far below those of the production M1910 series that commenced at 55700, Webley records confirming manufacture of a batch of 4 pistols (sns 46501 – 46504) finished on 8 April 1910. Smooth wood grips, each retained by central screw within an escutcheon. No magazine and, as noted above, a standard magazine will not fit this pistol. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95% dulled, in-the-white surface, the balance covered with staining & patchy patina. Excellent condition grips, the much lighter wood on left panel & gap around screw escutcheon suggesting replacement. Bright bore with strong rifling, minimal oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. An incredibly rare Webley prototype, previously unknown to this cataloger. 4-52468 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 2257

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2258

*◊ WEBLEY HAMAL, 2nd TYPE WITH MAGAZINE IN GRIP, INCOMPLETE.

SN 1. Cal. .455 Auto. Incomplete Hamal patent pistol, a blued example, with an octagonal 6″ bbl, matched to frame, whose only internal parts are a trigger/related spring and butt-mounted magazine release. A long tensioning spring is mounted to the right side of the frame to house a detachable Webley M1912 magazine. Smooth wood grips, each secured by a single screw. The only markings on this pistol are “FABRIQUE D’ARMES AUTOMATIQUE” followed by SN “1” under the bbl and “1” repeated on the frame just in front of the trigger guard. PROVENANCE: Ex Abermann Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: The bbl/bbl extension is dark refinish, the frame largely brown. Grips with most orig varnish. An interesting & unusual memento from an early developmental period. 4-52451 (1,000-2,000) – Lot 2258

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2259

*◊ FABULOUS GABBETT-FAIRFAX MARS M1900, CALIBER .45, GRIP SAFETY.

SN 41. Cal. .45. At the turn of the last century, Hugh Gabbet-Fairfax patented and made a small number of big bore pistols, the most powerful semi-automatic pistols of their time, all produced with military trials in mind. Those made by him prior to his bankruptcy in 1903 bear serial numbers up to 41 or 42 and have chequered grips. This example, one of the last made by Gabbett-Fairfax personally, has a bbl length of 9-1/2″, though at least 5/8″ of that length houses the bolt. Fixed front & rear sights. Lightly hand engraved on the rib is “MARS PISTOL 0″ 45.”. The SN “H41″ appears on the bottom of the frame and is repeated on bottom of the magazine. As true for most Gabbett-Fairfax pistols, this one is rust blued except for a few small parts, including the magazine, that were left in-the-white. Frame is unique among Mars pistols in being fitted with grip safety. Walnut grip panels are checkered with a border around the screw escutcheons. To open the action, the hammer is cocked and the carrier knob twisted 45 degrees counterclockwise, which unlocks the bolt from the bbl. As the bolt is withdrawn, a cartridge from the top of the magazine is drawn backwards onto a carrier which lifts the cartridge up, above the upper magazine extension, for chambering. There is no holdopen. Releasing the carrier knob allows the bolt to fly forward and lock into place, though sometimes the carrier ears need to be nudged clockwise to lock into place. The magazine is loaded with the nose of the top bullet bearing against the elevated extension. PROVENANCE: Ex Visser Collection. Illustrated HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 8, illustrated TBLAP. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Bright orig blue with 95-97% coverage, with sharp edge wear and thinning of the front & backstrap. Comparable condition in-the-white parts that show minor age appropriate staining & minimal oxidation. The same considerations hold true for the magazine. Grips have most orig varnish and only a few surface dings. Near mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. An extremely attractive Gabbett-Fairfax Mars, particularly in the larger caliber with a grip safety. 4-52414 (35,000-50,000) – Lot 2259

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2260

*◊ ULTRA RARE GABBETT-FAIRFAX MARS M1900, CALIBER 8.5MM.

SN 54. Cal. 8.5mm. After Hugh Gabbett-Fairfax’s bankruptcy in 1903, the Mars Automatic Pistol Syndicate bought his patents and continued to make a further 20 or so of his of big bore pistols, the most powerful semi-automatic pistols of their time, which have serial numbers from 42 or 43 to around 60. This example has a bbl length of 9-1/2″, though at least 5/8″ of that length houses the bolt. Fixed front & rear sights. Lightly hand engraved on the rib is “MARS PISTOL. 8.5MM. PATENTED.”. The SN “54″ appears on the back of the bolt housing, back of the hammer, bottom of the frontstrap and is repeated on bottom of the magazine. As true for most Gabbett-Fairfax pistols, this one is rust blued except for a few small parts, including the magazine, that were left in-the-white. Smooth walnut grips, characteristic of Syndicate made pistols, are centrally secured. To open the action, the hammer is cocked and the carrier knob twisted 45 degrees counterclockwise, which unlocks the bolt from the bbl. As the bolt is withdrawn, a cartridge from the top of the magazine is drawn backwards onto a carrier which lifts the cartridge up, above the upper magazine extension, for chambering. There is no holdopen. Releasing the carrier knob allows the bolt to fly forward and lock into place, though sometimes the carrier ears need to be nudged clockwise to lock into place. The magazine is loaded with the nose of the top bullet bearing against the elevated extension. Though very similar to the Gabbett-Fairfax M1900, SN 41, described elsewhere in this auction, there are enough differences from this Syndicate made pistol in the front sight configuration, bolt housing, frame milling and grips to be an interesting pair! PROVENANCE: Ex Visser Collection. Illustrated HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 8. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Orig blue with approx 80-85% coverage, with sharp edge wear and uniform fading, particularly under the trigger guard & frontstrap that have largely transitioned to grey. Comparable condition in-the-white parts that show age appropriate staining & oxidation. The same considerations hold true for the magazine whose protected walls are in better condition. Grips have most orig varnish scattered surface dings. Near mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. An very attractive & all matching Gabbett-Fairfax Mars that should appeal to every collector of automatic pistols. 4-52416 (30,000-45,000) – Lot 2260

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2261

*◊ UNIQUE BSA PROTOTYPE PISTOL IN .45ACP.

SN 2C. Cal. .45ACP. Full size Birmingham Small Arms experimental with 5″ locked breech rotating bbl (Steyr M1911 pattern) having fixed front & rear sight. No numbers were applied by the manufacturer; “2C” was applied on the left frame, just ahead of the upper left grip panel, for purpose of importation. Slide deeply scalloped on each side with recessed checkering. Safety lever on left rear of frame rotates up for the safe position, blocking the grip safety. Heel mounted magazine release. Magazine has an in-the-white body with an elevated spine and a detachable floorplate. Black bakelite grips internally secured, centrally marked with the “Stacked Rifle” BSA logo surrounded by bordered checkering. Major parts including bbl bushing sights & trigger are blued with the bbl & magazine wall in the white. Disassembly involves removing the bbl bushing and bbl wrapped recoil spring whose cross section is rectangular rather than circular. After the slide has been removed, the grip panels may be slid up, freed from their interdigitations with the frame, and removed. Accompanied by article in Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association, Vol. II, No. 7, written by Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess describing this very rare group of experimental pistols. In 1919 – 1920 Birmingham Small Arms were persuaded to design a series of pistols to utilize special belted case cartridges designed by Eley Bros as a consequence of the expiry of the Holland belted case patent, but these never proceeded beyond the prototype stage. This pistol was originally chambered for the .39” BSA belted cartridge, but was modified, of which the pistol bears evidence, to use a common production caliber, the .45 ACP. PROVENANCE: Illustrated HBSA Journal, Vol 2, No.7. Ex-Dinely collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: 75% orig blue with expected handling wear, particularly the front & backstraps that have largely drifted to a brown/grey. Excellent orig grips, slightly loose, with mild blunting of the checkering and a few handling dings; no cracks or chips. Bright bore with sharply discernible rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. A truly unique and impressive large bore BSA prototype that was never carried into production. 4-52447 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2261

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2262

*◊ EARLY PRE-WWII FN MODEL 1935 PISTOL, BELGIAN ARMY, MATCHING STOCK, HOLSTER RIG.

SN 10532. Cal. 9mm. Belgian Army GP35, blue finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, dovetailed barleycorn front sight with serrated rear face. Rear sight is early tangent style, with half sight bar markings, graduated to 500 meters. Backstrap is slotted for shoulder stock and it is mounted with 2-pc checkered walnut stocks. Left grip has five small pinholes, apparently where a medallion or plaque may have been attached. Right side of bbl, slide & frame have matching SNs. Bbl is a Nazi era replacement stamped with matching number and has crown “N” and double eagle/WaA 140 military proofs (inner surface). Unmarked late war/early post-war magazine with split tail base. Accompanied by an extremely rare pre-war, orig wood board stock matching numbered to this pistol. Also accompanied by a Belgian Army brown leather flap holster which is compartmented for the stock & pistol with strap & D-ring lock on the front and two brass D-rings and belt loops on the back for attaching to both shoulder straps & belt. Front flap is marked “AG 39”. Also accompanying is an orig Belgian Army hard shell 2 magazine pouch with strap & brass stud closure and belt loop on the back. Altogether an extremely fine & rare set unlikely to ever be encountered again. Most of these very early High Power pistols saw hard service during the war and are rarely ever found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Pistol is very fine, all matching as noted above. Overall retains about 95% orig bright blue with muzzle end and very light sharp edge wear. Front strap has one small spot of wear, otherwise front & back straps retain most of their orig finish. Mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore. Stock is fine with a few small nicks & bruises and retains most of its orig finish. Holster is sound with a few light scrapes on the flap & front edge. Overall shows light wear and retains most of its orig brown finish. Magazine pouch is equal condition. 4-52088 (5,500-9,500) – Lot 2262

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2263

*◊ FN M1935 HP, 1ST NAZI CONTRACT, CORRECT MAGAZINE.

SN 51142. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Early Nazi contract FN High Power with drift adjustable front sight and 50-500 slip-in rear sight. Left side of slide marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE D’ARMES GUERRE / HERSTAL BELGIQUE / BROWNING’S PATENT DEPOSE”. Entirely matching with full SN on inner side of bbl hood, right side of slide and right side of frame. Early Nazi procurement is reflected by the Eagle/WaA 613 marked on right side of bbl hood and upper trigger guard web on left frame. Orig wood grips with bordered checkering, unnumbered, whose inner surfaces are orange painted. Fitted with correct magazine having lightly phosphated body, marked WaA 613 at bottom of the spine, and a blued split tail base. Slide, frame and most minor components are rust blued with the bbl in the white. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Orig finish with approx 97-98% coverage, most of the loss from sharp edge wear and freckling on front & backstrap. Bbl hood lightly stained. Comparable condition grips with slight blunting of checkering on right side. No splits or losses. Excellent condition magazine. Bright bore with sharp rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. One of the nicer all orig tangent sight/slotted Nazi High Power pistols to be offered at auction. 4-52371 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 2263

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2264

*◊ CANADIAN INGLIS HIGH POWER, EARLY PRODUCTION, WITH ORIGINAL STOCK & LANYARD CORD.

SN 1CH5080. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Standard configuration Inglis High Power, single action, with drift adjustable front sight and tangent rear sight graded from 50-500. External slide release, push button magazine release, frame slotted for shoulder stock and mounted with a lanyard ring. Left side of slide marked “MK.I* / BROWNING-F.N. 9MM HP INGLIS CANADA”. The matching SN “1CH5080” marked in a stacked pattern on the right side of the exposed bbl hood, on the slide and on the frame. Though the Parkerizing is over the SN on the slide and frame, the Canadian proofs, on both parts, have cut through the finish to expose white metal. Black bakelite grips that are centrally checkered. Fitted with correct Parkerized magazine with a split tail base marked “JI”. Complete with correct orig Inglis shoulder stock, with a walnut body & lid, and Parkerized fittings. The neck of the stock, on the right side, marked “S.A. LTD/1945”. The light wood inserts in the body of the stock, near the release latch & hinge confirm originality. Accessories include orig hanger & orig lanyard to be clipped onto the pistol. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: 99% Parkerizing with proofing through finish. In-the-white bbl with only minimal staining. Comparable condition grips & magazine. Near mirror bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. Excellent+ Inglis stock with forward face of the lug lightly filed to better fit pistol. Negligible wear on hinge. Hanger & lanyard in unissued condition. An extremely attractive Inglis pistol rig that should appeal to every military collector. 4-52090 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2264

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2265

*◊ FANTASTIC INGLIS HP WITH ORIGINAL MAPLE LEAF DECAL.

SN NSN. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Near new, WWII vintage Inglis HP, with 4-3/4″ bbl, drift front sight and slip-in 50-500 graded rear sight. The left side of the slide is marked “MK I * / BROWNING FN 9MM HP INGLIS CANADA”. A very small number of guns “escaped” the factory before having been serialed. This is one such example, in that all components have been completely & properly finished, including the inspector marks on the butt, but no SNs or final proofing. Orig black bakelite grips with bordered checkering. Correct Inglis magazine with “JI” marking on the split tailed floorplate. Such pistols have been known for years in collector’s circles, this one having previously belonged to Henk Visser. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Well over 99% orig parkerizing with only the most minute sharp edge wear & very superficial handling marks. No discernible oxidation or staining of the in-the-white bbl. Comparable condition grips & magazine. At least 80% of the orig Inglis decal remains on the frontstrap. An unusual & rarely encountered Inglis pistol. 4-53284 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2265

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2266

*◊ POLISH EAGLE DATED 1939, RADOM VIS P35, WAFFEN MARKED.

SN 32404. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Polish Eagle Radom dated 1939 that is fully matching on disassembly. Slide with fixed front and drift adjustable rear. The left side of slide marked “FB Radom / 1939” followed by Polish Eagle and “VIS-wz35 / Pat. Nr. 15567”. 4-1/2″ bbl is in the white, marked with 8.82 bore diameter on left side of lug. “2404” is on back of lug. Full SN “32404” is on right side of the frame along with a variety of inspector marks on the upper trigger guard web. The left side of the frame has an encircled “D/2” on upper left trigger guard web. An Eagle/WaA77 appears on left side of the slide and repeated on left side of the frame. Orig black bakelite grips are each secured with two fire blued screws. Major components and most minor components are rust blued though the bbl and recoil spring guide assembly are in the white. Correct rust blued magazine marked “G/2” in an oval on the base near the toe. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: At least 97% bright orig rust blue with minor sharp edge wear at the muzzle, and minor holster wear under trigger guard and on the frontstrap. Thinning on grip safety and around stock slot. Crisp grips with only the right panel having minor loss lower edge with no cracks. Crisp orig magazine in same condition as pistol. An extremely attractive and all original Polish Eagle Radom. 4-52365 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2266

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2267

*◊ FRANCOTTE “BORCHARDT” PATTERN TARGET PISTOL, TOGGLE ACTION, SINGLE SHOT.

SN 2147. Cal. .22 Long Rifle. Scarce single shot .22 Cal. target pistol, blued with a strawed trigger, made with a toggle action and finely adjustable sights, popularized in Germany and Switzerland and resembling the Borchardt pistol in general outline. This pistol has a 10″ bbl with a ramped detachable front sight and a micro-adjustable rear sight that has three separately sized “V” notches for shooter preference. Toggle with concentric knobs, remaining open after each shot. The right side of the receiver and bbl are Crown/B and Crown/U proofed with the bbl marked for Caliber “5.4mm”. The only other marking on this pistol is the SN “2147” that appears on the left side of the tang & is repeated under the bbl where inserting into the frame. Orig wood checkered grips retained with a single transverse screw. Although there are no manufacturer markings, the consignor noted the gun was made by Francotte. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: At least 95% bright orig blue with minor freckling on the bbl and spots of discoloration on each side of tang. Front & backstraps are bright with minimal wear. High condition grips with most orig varnish, sharp checkering, and only a few minute losses. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. An extremely attractive & unusual target pistol that should appeal to every Luger collector. 4-52104 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2267

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2268

*◊ BEAUTIFUL UNIT MARKED 1906 NAVY LUGER RIG WITH STOCK AND HOLSTER.

SN 8195a. 9mm 6″ bbl with full SN below Crown/M and British proofs on bottom. Imperial Crown on left side of barrel. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Two position Navy rear sight on rear toggle link. Imperial Crown proofs on left receiver and toggle assembly. Navy Crown/M Proofs on left receiver. Second variation safety with upper “GESICHERT”. Grip safety. Backstrap is stamped “W.W./6758” (Wilhelmshaven Dockyard, weapon number 6758). Numbered parts on gun are matching. Checkered walnut grips are unnumbered. Proper Navy wood bottom magazine with concentric rings has numbers that do not match. With a proper black Navy holster. With a Crown/M stamp inside flap, and proper attaching straps with carry strap, attached to a correct Navy Crown/M proofed stock with numbers that do not match. There is an unmarked takedown tool inside the holster. This gun is featured on pgs 573, 880, 901, 902, 903, 904, 1118 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine retaining 98% blue and 97% straw. Grips are lightly worn with a few scattered chips on checkering and visible wood grain. Bore is sharp and shiny which is exceptional for a Navy Luger, as the salt water exposure typically pits Navy bores. Magazine body has light corrosion and there is some minor dents and chips to the wood bottom. Mechanics are excellent. Holster and straps are cracking and flaking and part of the pullstrap is missing. Stock is very good with normal dings and dents. 4-52902 (11,500-16,500) – Lot 2268

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2269

*◊ RARE V5/07 UNIT(?) MARKED DWM 1906 SECOND ISSUE NAVY LUGER PISTOL.

SN 8574a. 9mm 6″ bbl with British proofs and full SN on bottom. Crown proofs on left side of bbl and receiver. “V5/07” (unknown mark believed to be a post WWI police, or possibly militia, unit mark) above chamber. Similar marks are known on other P.04 and P.08 pistols. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Two position Navy rear sight on rear toggle link. British proofs on toggle assembly, and front of frame. “GESICHERT” in upper safety position. Grip safety. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Unnumbered replacement checkered walnut grips. Proper wood bottom Navy magazine with concentric rings and numbers that do not match. This gun is featured on p. 1159 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Good. Retaining 80% arsenal blue over scattered pitting that gets deep on front grip strap, back of upper frame and rear sight. 5% straw remains with pitting on safety lever. Grips are lightly worn with visible wood grain. Bore is worn with light pitting. Magazine has pitting on body and minor dings on wood bottom. Mechanics are good. 4-53281 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2269

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2270

*◊ RARE POST WWI COMMERCIAL NAVY LUGER PISTOL WITH GRIP SAFETY.

SN 76921. 6″ bbl with Crown/N over Crown/M proofs above full SN on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Two position adjustable Navy rear sight on rear toggle link. Toggle assembly is unnumbered. Vertical Crown/N and “GERMANY” expert mark next to full SN on left receiver. Grip safety checkered walnut grips with numbers on left grip that do not match. Right grip is unnumbered. Proper commercial Navy magazine with no numbers and concentric rings in the wood bottom. An early post WWI commercial that was most likely made before 1920. This gun is featured on pgs. 528, 895 & 1113 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 90% blue and 90% straw with fading and light corrosion on grip straps. Grips are lightly worn with a clear finish through which wood grain is still visible. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine is excellent with slight corrosion on body. Mechanics are fine. 4-52779 (2,500-4,500) – Lot 2270

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2271

*◊ RARE NAVY ISSUE MAUSER G DATE S/42 LUGER PISTOL.

SN 3679d. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl with SN on bottom and Eagle/211 proof on upper left. “G” (code for 1935) above chamber. “S/42” (code for Mauser Manufacture) on center toggle link. Eagle/211 and S92 proofs on right receiver. Front grip strap has inscribed Reichsmarine Eagle/M over “N/993” (Nordsee Station, weapon number 993). Numbered parts on gun are matching. Checkered walnut grips are unnumbered. Proper aluminum bottom magazine has Nordsee property numbers that do not match. This gun is featured on pgs 469, 926 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 90% blue with corrosion and light pitting overall, with light dings on bottom of bbl and bottom of front strap. Straw has been reheated to 90% over light frosting. Grips are lightly worn and retain some original color. Bore is worn with frosting. Magazine body has spotted pitting and small dings on aluminum bottom. Mechanics are fine. 4-52913 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 2271

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2272

*◊ RARE NORDSEE UNIT MARKED 4″ NAVY CONVERSION LUGER PISTOL.

SN 21a. 4″ 9mm bbl cut down from 6″ Navy bbl with Crown/M proof above SN on bottom. Crown proofs on left side of bbl and receiver. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Crown/M proofs on left receiver. Imperial proof on sideplate. Two digit SN without suffix letter on front of frame. Numbers on gun are matching except for checkered walnut grips. Toggle assembly is unnumbered. Proper Crown/M proof Navy wood bottom magazine with numbers that do not match. Nordsee unit marked “N/1827” on backstrap. Converted to P.O8 configuration by shortening the bbl and removing the grip safety mechanism after WWI. This gun is featured on pg. 921 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 95% blue and 70% straw with scattered light frosting. Grips are worn and have light chips and nicks to checkering. Bore is worn and pitted. Magazine has 75% blue and wood bottom has dings and chips. Mechanics are fine. 4-52910 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2272

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2273

*RARE NORDSEE NAVY MARKED DWM 1920/1917 ARTILLERY LUGER PISTOL.

SN 9174h. 9mm 8″ bbl with fine tuned adjustable rear sight. Full SN on bottom. 1920/1917 above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Imperial proofs on right receiver. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Sight plate renumbered to match during 1920 rework. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Rear grip strap has “M/ANCHOR/1342/N” (Nordsee Reichsmarine weapon number 1342). Wood bottom magazine with Nordsee property marking and numbers that do not match. This gun is featured on pgs 575, 924, 975, 983 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 85% blue and 60% straw. Most wear is on grip straps. There are some dings on the right frame rail. Light corrosion on bbl. Grips are worn with a clear finish through which you can see original color and wood grain. Bore is dull and frosted. Magazine has light wear and a minor ding on bottom. Mechanics are fine. 4-52906 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2273

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2274

*◊ RARE MAUSER PERSIAN ARTILLERY LUGER PISTOL RIG WITH ORIGINAL MATCHING STOCK.

SN 3998. Cal. 9mm 8″ bbl with horizontal Crown/U proof on front sight base. Adjustable rear sight with numbers in Farsi. Persian crest above chamber “Arms Factory Mauser” in Farsi on center toggle link. Horizontal Crown/U proof on left receiver. “Model 1314” in Farsi (1314 corresponds to 1935 in the Islamic calendar) on right receiver. Extractor and safety are marked in Farsi. Numbered parts on gun are matching in Farsi. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Three proper aluminum bottom Persian magazines with numbers in Farsi that do not match. This gun is featured on pg 777 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. With the original matching numbered stock and holster with attaching straps, carry straps and a double magazine carry pouch. Original cleaning rod is included. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine retaining 95% blue and 70% straw with scattered dings and scratches overall. Grips are lightly worn and oil stained dark with chips and dings in checkering. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazines are excellent with light wear on bodies and minor dings on bottoms. Stock is in very good condition with normal wear. Leather is excellent retaining original color. Flaking and cracking on carry strap. Stitching has not been dyed. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52894 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2274

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2275

*◊ DWM 1917 ARTILLERY LUGER PISTOL WITH UNIQUE MATCHING NUMBERED HOLSTER/STOCK.

SN 1584n. Cal. 9mm 8″ bbl with adjustable rear sight and full SN on bottom. 1917 date above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. All numbered parts on gun are matching. Checkered hard wood grips that are unnumbered. Wood bottom magazine with numbers that do not match. With a unique artillery holster that has had the flap modified to a button closure and the strap loops in the back have been replaced with a single button closure that appears to act as a belt loop. Stitched onto the front of the holster is the original matching stock lug to the gun. The wood board has been cut off just behind the lug and stitched onto the holster, so the holster itself acts as a stock. The modifications are old, possibly done during war time. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 95% blue and 85% straw with scattered light corrosion. Grips are lightly worn and retain original color. There is a deep chip towards the front of the right grip. Bore is worn with light pitting. Magazine shows normal wear. Mechanics are fine. Holster/stock is in good condition with normal scuffs and flaking. Stitching is original color. Most of the finish has flaked off the flap. The flap has two holes added at top. 4-53280 (3,000-4,500) – Lot 2275

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2276

*◊ ERFURT 1914 ARTILLERY LUGER PISTOL.

SN 6948a. Cal. 9mm 8″ bbl with fine tuned front and fine tuned rear adjustable sights. SN and British proofs on bottom of bbl. 1914 date above chamber. Crown/”ERFURT” on center toggle link. Imperial and British proofs on toggle assembly. Imperial proofs on right receiver. British proofs on left receiver. All numbered parts on gun are matching including original checkered walnut grips. Erfurt proofs on small parts. Proper wood bottom magazine with numbers that do not match. This gun is featured on pgs 945, 1092 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 85% blue with scattered light pitting. 30% straw with corrosion. Grips are lightly worn with minor chips on checkering and visible wood grain. Bore is sharp with very light frosting. Magazine body has little wear and wood bottom has minor dings. Mechanics are fine. 4-52938 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2276

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2277

*◊ DWM 1918 COMMERCIAL ARTILLERY LUGER PISTOL.

SN 2417d. 9mm 8″ bbl with artillery adjustable rear sight. Sight components have matching numbers that do not match the rest of the gun. Unnumbered bbl has a Crown/N proof on bottom. 1918 date above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Vertical Crown/N proof on left receiver. Unnumbered toggle assembly. Numbers on frame parts are matching except for the holdopen. Checkered walnut grips are unnumbered. Plain wood bottom magazine. A scarce commercial rework from the period between 1918 – 1921 when DWM were still able to produce pistols with barrels longer than 4” before enforcement of the Versailles Treaty restrictions. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 90% blue with most wear on front grip strap and dings under bbl and on front strap. 40% straw that has dulled and faded. Grips are lightly worn and retain original color. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine has light wear overall. Mechanics are good. 4-52795 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2277

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2278

*◊ RARE 1937 S/42 CODE LUGER PISTOL SN 10000q.

SN 10000q. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl with SN on bottom 1937 date above chamber. S/42 (code for Mauser Mfg.) on center toggle link. Eagle 63 proofs on right receiver. Subvariation 1 with strawed small parts. Numbered parts on gun are matching except for checkered walnut grips. Magazine is numbered 10000c. In each letter block guns were numbered from 1-10000 so this is the last Mauser S/42 Luger made in the Q letter block and the only one per 10,000 guns with a five digit number. This gun is featured on pgs. 470, 624 & 1097 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 80% blue with scattered corrosion and light pitting. Straw has been reheated to 98%. Grips are worn and oil soaked with a chip on left grip under safety lever. Bore is worn with light pitting. Magazine has little wear. Mechanics are fine. 4-52966 (5,000-7,500) – Lot 2278

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2279

*◊ RARE 1936 MAUSER BANNER SIAMESE ARTILLERY LUGER PISTOL WITH ORIGINAL MATCHING STOCK AND MAG.

SN 3551v. Cal. 9mm 8″ bbl with horizontal Crown/U proof on front of front sight base. Adjustable artillery rear sight with sight blade and adjustment block that do not match. 1936 date above chamber. Mauser Banner on center toggle link. Rear toggle link has Scriptic S proof underneath (indicating leftover part from K date production). Horizontal Crown/U proof next to SN on left receiver. SNs on frame receiver and toggle assembly parts are matching. Checkered walnut grips are unnumbered. Original matching numbered aluminum bottom magazine. Back of frame has Siamese proof followed by 294 in Siamese numerals. Walnut stock with matching numbers that are stamped into wood next to lever. This gun is featured on pgs 539, 562 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very good retaining 50% blue with pitting and corrosion overall. 10% straw with overall corrosion. Grips are lightly worn and oil soaked dark. There is a chip at the bottom front of the left grip. Bore is sharp with frosting. Magazine body retains 95% blue and aluminum bottom has little wear. Stock is very good with minor nicks and dings. Blue is bright on lug, straw is corroded on lever. Mechanics are good. 4-52898 (3,000-6,000) – Lot 2279

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2280

*◊ RARE MAUSER K DATE LUGER PISTOL.

SN 9271. 9mm 4″ bbl with full SN on bottom. “K” (code for 1934 manufacture) above chamber. “S/42” (code for Mauser manufacture) on center toggle link. B90 and S91 proofs on right receiver. Numbered parts are matching except for proper aluminum bottom magazine. Magazine release button and sear bar have Gothic S stamps. Holdopen has Scriptic S stamp. This gun is featured on pg 738 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Restored to 99% blue and straw. Near new condition except for a scratch on front grip strap. Grips are lightly worn with visible wood grain. Bore is worn with light pitting. Magazine has a few spots of corrosion and some minor dings. Mechanics are fine. 4-52956 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2280

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2281

*◊ RARE “FEUER” SAFETY MARKED MAUSER 1937 S/42 LUGER PISTOL WITH MATCHING MAG.

SN 2843u. 9mm 4″ bbl with SN on bottom and Eagle/63 proof on upper left. 1937 date above chamber. “S/42” (code for Mauser Manufacture). On center toggle link. Eagle/63 proofs on right receiver. Full “U” range SN on front of frame. Upper safety position marked “GESICHERT” (safe). Lower safety position is marked “FEUER” (fire). Numbers on gun are all matching, including the checkered walnut grips and the origiinal E/63 proofed aluminum bottom magazine. This gun is featured on pg 1119 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 90% original blue with frosting on bbl and grip straps that are fading with pitting on edges under grips. Grips are lightly worn with minor chips and visible wood grain. Bore is worn with light pitting. Magazine body retains 85% blue with scattered corrosion. Aluminum bottom has minor wear and light dings. Mechanics are fine. 4-52961 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2281

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2282

*◊ RARE POST WAR MAUSER 1940 42 CODE LUGER PISTOL.

SN 6131e. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl SN on bottom, Eagle/655 proof on upper left and Eagle on right. 1940 date above chamber. “42” (code for Mauser Manufacture) on center toggle link. Eagle/655 proofs next to Eagle proof on right receiver. All numbered parts on gun are matching. Firing pin has single digit. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Two unnumbered aluminum bottom magazines. Aluminum bottoms are not fully machined. This gun was made from leftover parts after the war. High gloss finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine retaining 98% blue and 90% straw that is light in color. Grips are lightly worn and retain original color with visible wood grain. Bore is lightly frosted. Magazines have almost no wear. Mechanics are fine. 4-52824 (1,000-1,500) – Lot 2282

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2283

*◊ MAUSER 1941 BANNER POLICE EAGLE/L LUGER PISTOL WITH TWO MATCHING MAGAZINES.

SN 399y. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl 1941 date above chamber. Mauser Banner on center toggle link. Eagle/L proof on right receiver. Eagle/N proofs on toggle assembly and left receiver. Sear safety. All numbered parts are matching including the original aluminum bottom “1” magazine and the police numbered “3” magazine with Eagle/C proof. Checkered walnut grips are unnumbered. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 97% blue with a few spots of minor pitting on bbl and some scratches on front grip strap. Grips are lightly worn and retain original color with visible wood grain. Bore is sharp with very light frosting. Magazines have little wear. Mechanics are excellent. 4-53285 (3,000-4,250) – Lot 2283

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2284

*◊ PRUSSIAN POLICE DWM LUGER PISTOL.

SN 4381q. 9mm 4″ bbl with SN and Imperial proof on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Schiwy sear safety and deactivated (cut off nose) Walther magazine safety. Crown/N and modified Crown/G Imperial proof (used as early Weimar period Police inspection mark) on left receiver. Deactivated magazine safety. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Wood bottom police magazine with numbers that do not match. This gun is featured on pg 515 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine, retaining 97% blue and 90% straw. Grips are lightly worn and dented with wood grain still visible. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine has light wear. Mechanics are sound. 4-52973 (1,750-2,750) – Lot 2284

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2285

*◊ DWM PRUSSIAN POLICE UNIT MARKED LUGER PISTOL WITH MATCHING MAGAZINE.

SN 9632s. 9mm 4″ bbl with Crown/N proof above full SN on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. “MA” proof next to Crown/N and 4 digit SN on left receiver. Sear safety. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. “P.H. 11.47.” (Police School Hanover) appears on front grip strap and front bottom of frame, and is X’d out in both locations. Original police number “2” matching aluminum bottom magazine. This gun is featured on p. 497 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 95% blue and 30% straw. Grips are worn and oil soaked with large indents in right grip. Bore is dull with light pitting. Magazine has light wear overall. Mechanics are sound. 4-52979 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2285

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2286

*◊ PRUSSIAN POLICE DWM 1917 REWORK LUGER PISTOL RIG.

SN 4937h. 4″ 9mm bbl with full SN on bottom that was numbered to gun when reworked but retains original non-matching suffix letter. Front of receiver is cut for artillery near sight. 1917 above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle plate. Imperial proofs on right receiver. Sear safety installed. Numbered parts are matching including checkered walnut grips. Magazine is almost matching with the second digit being one number off. With extra non-matching magazine in a black “OTTO SINDEL/BERLIN/1933” police holster with upstrap. This gun is featured on pg. 464 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 95% arsenal blue and 75% arsenal straw. Light pitting on bbl and gripstraps. Scattered corrosion on straw parts. Bore is bright with light pitting. Grips are worn with some deep dents to checkering. Magazine bodies are corroded and bottom has minor wear. Holster is very good and has been dyed black along with the stitching. Mechanics are fine. 4-52976 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2286

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2287

*◊ RARE PRUSSIAN POLICE DWM/MAUSER “u” RANGE BLANK TOGGLE LUGER PISTOL.

SN 1198u. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl with full SN and British proofs on bottom and Eagle proof on the right. British proofs on receiver, frame and toggle assembly. Eagle and Eagle/WaA66 proofs on right receiver. Sear safety has been removed. Magazine safety has been deactivated. Checkered walnut grips. Front grip strap is Prussian police unit marked “L. Ar. 210.” (Landjagerei Arnsberg, weapon number 210). Numbered parts on gun are matching. Checkered walnut grips are unnumbered. Proper police aluminum bottom magazine has numbers that do not match. This gun is featured on pgs 704, 1124, 1126, 1164 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 90% blue with most wear on grip straps. Spotted corrosion on left side of frame. Straw is 60% with light pitting on safety lever. Grips are worn with a horizontal indent on the right grip and a chip under the safety lever on left grip. Front of left grip is cut for mag safety. Wood grain is visible Bore is worn with light frosting. Magazine has light wear and some corrosion on aluminum bottom. 4-52982 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2287

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2288

*◊ RARE SPANDAU REWORKED DWM 1920 POLICE CONTRACT LUGER PISTOL.

SN 7859q. 30 Cal. 4″ bbl. DWM scroll on center toggle link. “Su/25” proof on right receiver. Crown/N on left receiver and toggle assembly. Receiver and toggle assembly numbers are hand engraved with electric pencil. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Proper wood bottom magazine with numbers that do not match. This gun is featured on p. 476 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 95% blue and 75% straw. Grips are lightly worn with indents to checkering. Wood grain is still visible. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine retains 80% blue on body and has minor wear with small chips on wood bottom. Mechanics are sound. 4-52951 (1,750-2,750) – Lot 2288

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2289

*◊ RARE UNIT MARKED DWM 1918 POLICE REWORK LUGER PISTOL.

SN 5596. 9mm 4″ bbl with a Circle/N proof at front of sight base. Full SN on bottom of bbl and Imperial proof on top. 1918 date above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Imperial proofs on right receiver. Sear safety. Numbers on gun are matching except for trigger and toggle pin. Unnumbered checkered hard wood grips. Backstrap is marked “Pol. Jtz. 11.” (probably Prussian police, town is unknown). Wood bottom magazine has been renumbered to match. This gun is featured on pgs 575, 1164 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 90% blue and 50% straw with scattered corrosion and some minor pitting overall. Grips are worn and retain original color. Bore is lightly worn with frosting. Magazine has corrosion and flaking on body. Wood bottom has chips on sides. Mechanics are fine. 4-52970 (1,000-1,500) – Lot 2289

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2290

*◊ MAUSER 1940 42 CODE EAST GERMAN VOPO POLICE REWORK LUGER PISTOL.

SN 8312z. Cal. 9mm 4″ unnumbered bbl with Crown/N proof on bottom. 1940 date above chamber. “42” (code for Mauser Manufacture) on center toggle link. Eagle/655 proofs on right receiver. Holdopen, sear bar, extractor & toggle pin have numbers that do not match. Take down lever and sideplate were renumbered by Vopo to match. Brown checkered plastic Vopo grips with border and circle with concentric rings. Aluminum bottom magazine with numbers that do not match. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 97% blue with scattered minor dings and scratches. Sharp grips with minor wear. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine has little wear. Mechanics are fine. 4-53001 (500-800) – Lot 2290

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2291

*◊ RARE UNIT MARKED SIMSON 1925 DATE LUGER PISTOL.

SN 136. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl with SN on bottom and Eagle & Eagle/6 proofs on top. 1925 date above chamber. “SIMSON & Co/SUHL” on center toggle link. Eagle/6 proofs on all parts. Front grip strap is unit marked “Kdt r. H. 8.” (Kommandantur-Hannover, weapon number 8). All numbered parts on gun are matching including the checkered walnut grips. Proper 3-digit Simson Eagle/6 proofed magazine with numbers that do not match. This gun is featured on pgs 723, 1156 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Strugess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 85% blue. Blue is thinning overall and is worn bare on grip straps. Straw is 20% with light corrosion. The front tip of the ejector is broken off. Grips are worn and retain some original color. Bore has light wear and frosting. Magazine is excellent with very little wear. Mechanics are fine. 4-52941 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 2291

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2292

*◊ RARE LUFTWAFFE ISSUE DWM/KRIEGHOFF 1918 DATED LUGER PISTOL.

SN 3954m. 9mm 4″ bbl with Crown/N proof above SN on and military barrel gauge mark on bottom. 1918 date above chamber. Serial number is in the continuation series made immediately after WWI when Army inspection had ceased. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Vertical Crown/N proof next to SN on left receiver. Right receiver has Krieghoff/Luftwaffe Eagle/9 proof (in the style of re-1938 Krieghoff Eagle/2 inspection marks). Numbered parts on gun are matching except for checkered walnut grips. Proper wood bottom magazine has numbers that do not match. Inspected by unknown Luftwaffe inspector (LWaA 9), probably ca 1935 when the Luftwaffe was first formed, prior to delivery of Krieghoff contract P.08s. This gun is featured on pgs 502, 531 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 95% blue and 60% straw. Scattered light corrosion and pitting is deepest on bbl. Grips are lightly worn and show original color. Bore is sharp with light wear. Wood magazine bottom has a crack through the center. Mechanics are good. 4-52989 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2292

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2293
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Please Note: The “Totenkopf” or Death’s Head marking on the receiver ring is engraved not stamped, as it should be.

*◊ RARE DEATH’S HEAD 1918 ERFURT LUGER PISTOL.

SN 865o. 9mm 4″ bbl with SN on bottom and Imperial proofs on sides. Totenkopf over 1918 date above chamber. Crown/”ERFURT” on center toggle link. Crown/RC and Imperial proofs on right receiver. Checkered walnut grips. Proper numbered wood bottom magazine that does not match. This gun is featured on pgs 717, 1663 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 95% blue and 60% straw with corrosion overall and light pitting on bbl and side plate. Grips show some wood grain and are worn. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine has dings and chips on wood bottom. Mechanics are good. 4-52930 (1,750-2,750) – Lot 2293

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2294

*◊ DWM 1908 MILITARY LUGER PISTOL WITH TWO MATCHING MAGAZINES.

SN 70797. 9mm 4″ bbl with full SN on bottom and Imperial proof on top. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Three crown/X Imperial inspection proofs on right receiver, typical of commercial P.08s taken over and inspected by the German Army during the pistol shortage in early 1914 immediately prior to WWI. Sear safety (fitted during Police service post WWI). Full five digit commercial range SN on front of frame. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Numbered parts are matching, including both original wood bottom magazines which are numbered “1 and 2” (post WWI Police magazine marking). This gun is featured on pg 574 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine retaining 98% blue and 95% straw with a few scattered areas of light corrosion on strawed parts. There are dings on the back of the rear toggle link. Grips are lightly worn and retain original color with visible wood grain. The bore is bright and sharp. Both magazines are excellent with very little wear. The number “2” magazine has a small chip in the wood bottom. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52933 (3,000-6,000) – Lot 2294

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2295

*◊ RARE ULANEN CAVALRY REGIMENT UNIT MARKED 1911 DWM LUGER PISTOL.

SN 7311d. 9mm 4″ bbl with full SN on bottom and Imperial proof on top. 1911 date above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Imperial proofs on right receiver. Holdopen added, but is now missing. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Checkered walnut grips are unnumbered. Front grip strap retains three separate unit marks “R.J.R.67.” (Reserve Infantry Regiment 67) at top. “16.U.6.20.” (16th Ulanen Regiment) in middle. “3.M.G.K.” (Third Machine Gun Company) at bottom. Proper wood bottom magazine with early large vertical serial numbers that do not match. No stock lug. This gun is featured on pgs 714, 1095, 1151 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 90% blue with scattered pitting and corrosion. 50% straw with corrosion overall. Grips are lightly worn with minor chips and visible wood grain. Bore has light wear and frosting. Magazine body is corroded and wood bottom has minor dings. Mechanics are sound. 4-52921 (1,750-2,750) – Lot 2295

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2296

*◊ RARE POST-WAR KRIEGHOFF LUGER PISTOL SN 2.

SN 2. 9mm 4″ unmarked bbl. HK in circle above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Original number 82 on rear toggle link is still visible from leftover DWM part. Toggle assembly is internally numbered “2” on center toggle link. No other external markings. Number 2 is internally stamped on side plate and receiver stop lug. Contemporary number “2” has been added to frame for compliance. Checkered walnut grips and unmarked aluminum bottom mag. This gun is featured on pg 621 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 97% blue that is fading on grip straps. Grips are lightly worn and retain original color with distinctive wood grain. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine has very little wear. Mechanics are fine. 4-52998 (3,500-6,500) – Lot 2296

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2297

*◊ SUPER RARE 1905 DUTCH TRIALS PROTOTYPE LUGER PISTOL SN 10130B.

SN 10130B. 9mm 4″ bbl with SN on bottom. Prototype conversion of 1900 pattern (leaf mainspring) frame to 1906 pattern coil mainspring. Short eared prototype 1906 pattern extractor marked GELADEN on the left side only. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Unnumbered original replacement rear toggle link to update from 1900 pattern dished toggles to 1906 pattern flat toggles with 60 degree checkering. Toggle latch catch on frame has been removed as part of factory conversion. “RUST” marked safety. Grip safety. Leaf spring in frame has been converted to coil spring by soldered in strut acting as upper spring stay. Numbered parts are matching. Trigger is a prototype of the 1906 pattern with longer pivot block: this component and the checkered walnut grips are unnumbered. Plain wood bottom magazine. Only known survivor of ten “New Model” prototype guns made for Dutch Indies Army trials in 1905. The toggle mechanism and mainspring spring were modified at the time of manufacture to the new 1906 configuration. This gun is featured on pg 300 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fair. Retains traces of original blue and straw with pitting overall. Grips are worn and oil soaked with chips under the safety lever and behind trigger on right side. Bore is lightly worn with frosting. Magazine is corroded with chips on wood bottom. Mechanics are fair. 4-52870 (8,000-15,000) – Lot 2297

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2298

*◊ RARE DWM 1906 DUTCH LUGER PISTOL.

SN 3630. 9mm 4″ barrel with “M/ES” above “1931” on top and full SN on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Crown/W proof on left receiver “RUST” safety mark. Grip safety. “SW/203” unit mark on brass plaque on front of trigger guard, a very rare surviving example of the second system of Dutch Indies unit marking used from 1919 – 1939 when most pistols were altered to the familiar brass side frame marking plate. All numbered parts are matching including the checkered hard wood grips, in which both have full SNs. Left grip appears to be original. Right grip is course checkered Indonesian arsenal replacement. Proper Dutch wood bottom magazine with retaining spring clip. This gun is featured on pgs 574, 692 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 97% Dutch arsenal blue. 70% straw. Grips are worn and oil soaked with visible wood grain on right grip. Bore is worn with light frosting. Magazine body has light corrosion and there are some chips and a crack in the wood bottom. Mechanics are sound. 4-52876 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2298

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2299

*◊ RARE DWM 1906 DUTCH ARMY LUGER PISTOL.

SN 11662. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl with Crown/N over full SN on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Vertical Crown/N on left receiver. Right receiver has “KOL” proof. No Dutch inspector acceptance marks. “RUST” marked safety. “Dep. Art./51” on brass plaque on left frame. All numbered parts are matching including the original DWM checkered walnut grips which have full 5-digit SN on backs. Grip safety. Rare original Dutch wood bottom magazine with retaining spring clip. This gun is featured on p. 560 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 70% blue that is corroded overall with light pitting on bbl and sideplate. 20% straw. Grips are worn and oil soaked. Bore is lightly worn and frosted. Magazine body is lightly pitted and wood bottom has a couple of chips. Mechanics are very good. 4-52873 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 2299

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2300

*◊ RARE DWM 1908 BULGARIAN LUGER PISTOL.

SN 381C. 9mm 4″ bbl with full SN on bottom. DWM scroll above chamber. Bulgarian crest on center toggle link. Rampant lion proof on right receiver. Cyrillic safe and loaded markings on extractor and frame under safety lever. Full SN with C suffix on front of frame. Lanyard ring at back of frame. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Numbered parts are matching except for the 3 digits of the correct Bulgarian pattern C suffix wood bottom magazine. This gun is featured on p. 558 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Ex-Hank Visser Collection, Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 95% original blue with scattered light corrosion and minor pitting at bottom of frontstrap. Straw has been reheated to 97%. Bore is bright and sharp with light frosting. Grips are lightly worn and oil soaked. Magazine has scattered light pitting on body with very little wear on wood bottom. Mechanics are fine. 4-52858 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 2300

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2301

*◊ RARE SWEDISH 1940 MAUSER BANNER COMMERCIAL LUGER PISTOL IN ORIGINAL BOX.

SN 6928w. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl with Eagle/N proofs on front of sight base and SN on bottom. 1940 date above chamber. Mauser Banner on center toggle link. Eagle/N proofs on toggle assembly and left receiver. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. All numbered parts on gun are matching including the original aluminum bottom magazine. In original plain cardboard carton with a separate magazine compartment that is secured with staples as are the corners. Included in the box are an original cleaning rod, pin punch and extra magazine that is the proper suffix letter but has numbers that do not match. Cardboard box lid has metal corner reinforcements and is marked “Cal. 9mm” in pencil on top. This gun is featured on pg 1438 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine retaining 95% blue with unusual wear on grip straps. Straw is 90%. Grips are very lightly worn and retain original color with distinctive wood grain. Bore is bright with very light frosting. Magazines have very little wear. Mechanics are fine. Box is solid with minor scuffs and scrapes. Rod and punch are excellent. 4-52180 (5,000-9,500) – Lot 2301

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2302

*◊ RARE DWM LITHUANIAN LUGER PISTOL WITH MATCHING MAGAZINE.

SN 7668a. 30 Cal. 4″ bbl with Crown/N over 4 digit SN on bottom. Lithuanian “Pillars of Gediminas” crest above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Four digit SN on left receiver. Horizontal Crown/N proofs on left receiver and left frame rail(Suhl pattern). Full SN with suffix letter on front of frame. All numbered parts are matching including checkered walnut grips and original wood bottom magazine. This gun is featured on p. 536 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine. Retaining 98% blue and 97% straw. Grips are lightly worn and oil soaked with scattered small chips to checkering. Magazine has very little wear on body and wood bottom has cracks and chips that have been repaired. Mechanics are fine. Bore is bright with light wear. 4-52885 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2302

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2303

*◊ VERY RARE TURKISH ARMY CONTRACT MAUSER LUGER PISTOL.

SN 8735v. Serial Number was originally 2135v but now with numerals “87” have been overstamped on digits “21” partially obliterating original number. 9mm 4″ bbl with unique, non Mauser standard, droop wing Eagle/63 proof above SN on bottom. S/1936 above chamber. Crown/”ERFURT” on replacement center toggle link. Horizontal Crown/U proof on left receiver. Crescent moon with star and TC next to “Subaylana/mahsustur” (Officer’s Property) roll die impressed on right receiver with Eagle/63 mark in the middle of the impressed Army property mark. Eagle/63 proof on right frame in front of trigger and on rear frame above lanyard loop. Replacement Eurfurt toggle assembly does not match. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Plain wood bottom magazine. This gun is featured on pg 541 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Good retaining 30% blue and 10% straw with corrosion to scattered deep pitting overall. Grips are worn and oil soaked. Bore is worn and pitted. Magazine shows little wear. Mechanics are good. 4-53283 (2,000-3,500) – Lot 2303

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2304

*◊ RARE DWM 1906 COMMERCIAL LUGER PISTOL WITH “MANUFRANCE” BARREL.

SN 63848. 30 cal 4″ bbl with “Manufacture Francaise d’Armes & Cycles de Saint Etienne” roll die impressed on top, and full SN below Crown/N proof on bottom of barrel. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Horizontal Crown/N proofs on left receiver and toggle assembly. Grip safety. Numbered parts are matching, including the checkered walnut grips. Proper plain wood bottom magazine. This gun is featured on pg 274 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine, retaining 95% blue with some pitting on frame above right grip. 50% straw with scattered corrosion. Grips are oil soaked dark and lightly worn. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine body is corroded and there is little wear on the wood bottom. Mechanics are fine. 4-52774 (2,500-4,500) – Lot 2304

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2305

*◊ RARE 1920 FINNISH ARMY ISSUE LUGER PISTOL.

SN 184m. 30 Cal. 4″ bbl with “CAIST.A VT/M-23 GER 7.65 PARA” import marks on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Crown/N next to Finnish “SA” in rectangle proof on left receiver. Unnumbered Finnish replacement parts include takedown lever, mag release button, safety lever and toggle pin. Trigger, firing pin and sear bar are not matching. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Proper plain wood bottom magazine. This gun is featured on pg 700 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very good retaining 90% Finnish dip blue 5% straw on trigger and ejector. Grips are worn and oil soaked. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine has light wear and corrosion overall. Mechanics are sound. 4-52881 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2305

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2306

*◊ RARE 1939 MAUSER BANNER LUGER PISTOL WITH FINNISH TARGET BARREL AND MATCHING MAG.

SN 6438w. 9mm 4-5/8″ Tikkoski bbl with T-in-triangle-in-circle trademark on top. Sight blade has “+” and “15” on upper flats. 1939 above chamber. Mauser Banner on center toggle link. Eagle/N proof above SN on left receiver. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Numbered parts on gun are matching including the original aluminum bottom magazine. The stock lug has been removed. This gun is featured on pg 700 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 90% blue with scattered corrosion. Backstrap is worn to bare metal. 50% straw with scattered corrosion, and scratches on front of trigger. Grips are worn and chipped. Bore is worn with light pitting. Magazine body retains 85% blue and the aluminum bottom has normal wear with a ding under the suffix letter. Mechanics are fine. 4-52812 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2306

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2307

*◊ EXTREMELY RARE 1906 DWM ROYAL PORTUGUESE NAVY MARKED COMMERCIAL LUGER PISTOL.

SN 64673. 9mm 4″ bbl with Crown/N proof above full SN on bottom. “R.P.” above anchor (Royal Portuguese Navy crest). On chamber DWM scroll on center toggle link. “CARREGADA” marked extractor. Horizontal Crown/N on left receiver. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Checkered walnut grips are not numbered. Grip safety. Proper plain wood bottom magazine. Most likely a pre-production sample of the military contract crest placed on a commercial gun possibly for approval of the marking by the Portuguese authorities. This gun is featured on pg 681 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very good retaining 80% blue with scattered pitting and corrosion. 40% straw with overall corrosion. Grips are worn and oil soaked dark with indents from holster. Bore is worn and pitted. Magazine body has scattered corrosion and wood bottom has very little wear. Mechanics are good. 4-52864 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2307

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2308

*◊ RARE MAUSER BYF 42 PORTUGUESE ISSUE m/943 LUGER PISTOL WITH PHOSPHATE FINISH.

SN 253m. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl with SN on bottom. 42 date above chamber “byf” (code for Mauser Manufacture) on center toggle link. Eagle/135 proofs on right receiver. Full Portuguese range SN on front of frame. All numbered parts on gun are matching except for the firing pin. Checkered black plastic grips with border and black plastic bottom fxo magazine. This gun is featured on pgs 790, 1087 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine retaining 98% Portuguese arsenal phosphate finish. Grips are sharp with some chips on checkering. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine body retains 90% blue and there are no chips or cracks in plastic bottom. Mechanics are fine. 4-52869 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2308

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2309

*◊ RARE 1937 MAUSER BANNER SIAMESE POLICE LUGER PISTOL.

SN 4202v. Cal. 9mm 4″ bbl with horizontal Crown/U proof on front of sight base and SN on bottom. 1937 date above chamber. Mauser banner on center toggle link. Horizontal Crown/U proofs on toggle assembly and left receiver. Full -v range SN on front of frame. Numbered parts on gun are matching including the checkered walnut grips. Siamese proof and property number 330 in Siamese characters on back of frame. Aluminum bottom magazine has numbers that do not match. This gun is featured on pgs 539, 562 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Good retaining 30% blue with corrosion and light pitting overall. Grips are worn with a large chip gone from left grip under safety lever. Bore is worn with frosting. Magazine shows little wear other than scratches and minor dings on aluminum bottom. Mechanics are good. 4-52892 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2309

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2310

*◊ RARE STOEGER U-RANGE AMERICAN EAGLE LUGER PISTOL WITH 6″ STOEGER BARREL.

SN 1017u. 30 Cal. 6″ Stoeger bbl with single digit matching SN on bottom. Brass bead front sight (possibly Stoeger installed). American Eagle above chamber “GELADEN” marked extractor. DWM scroll on center toggle link. “GERMANY” export stamp properly placed above ejector on right receiver followed by two-line “A.F. STOEGER INC/NEW YORK” inscription. “SAFE” marked upper safety position. Checkered walnut grips. Single digit matching numbers on bottom of receiver and on rear link of toggle assembly. “GERMANY” on front of frame below SN. Appears to have been custom assembled and finished by Stoeger. Proper plain wood bottom magazine. This gun is featured on pg. 759 The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine. Retaining 97% blue and straw with some light scratches on bbl. Bore is sharp with light frosting. Grips are lightly worn with visible wood grain. Magazine is very good with light wear overall. Mechanics are fine. 4-52800 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2310

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2311

*◊ RARE DWM 1906 SWISS LUGER PISTOL WITH ABERCROMBIE & FITCH MARKED 9MM BARREL.

SN 3199. 4-3/4″ 9mm bbl with full SN on bottom correctly applied along the barrel axis and “ABERCROMBIE & FITCH Co. NEW YORK” & “MADE IN SWITZERLAND” on top of bbl, die impressed as a single line but with slight misalignment of the two parts, which is correct for one line inscription A & F guns. Correct set back front sight bed block and Swiss Cross in Sunburst above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Unreinforced rear frame well. Checkered walnut grips. Grip safety. “Cal. 9mm” marked wood bottom magazine. Numbered parts on gun are matching. This gun is featured on pg. 610 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Restored to 99% blue and straw. Bore is bright and sharp. Grips have light wear with some chips on checkering. Magazine body is corroded with light wear on wood bottom. Mechanics are sound. 4-52785 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 2311

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2312

*◊ RARE DWM 1906 COMMERCIAL LONG FRAME LUGER PISTOL.

SN 28148. 30 Cal. 4-3/4″ bbl with BUG proofs above full SN on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle. BU proofs on toggle assembly and left receiver. “GESICHERT” marked lower safety level position. Flattened rear grip strap immediately above magazine well evidencing removal of original Navy stock lug by the factory (all GESICHERT marked 1906 pistols were converted by DWM from surplus Navy contract frames). Grip safety. Numbered parts on gun are matching including walnut checkered grips. Correct plain wood bottom magazine. This gun is featured on pgs. 308, 900 & 901 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine. Retaining 98% blue with minor dings on bbl and front grip strap. Straw has been reheated to 98%. Bore is bright and sharp. Grips are sharp with scattered deep indents to checkering. Magazine is excellent with few light dings and chips to the wood bottom. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52763 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 2312

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2313

*◊ EXCEPTIONAL DWM 1906 COMMERCIAL LUGER PISTOL.

SN 65531. 4-3/4″ bbl with Crown/N proof above full SN on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Horizontal Crown/N proof on left receiver. Grip safety unnumbered. Checkered walnut grips. Proper plain wood bottom magazine. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine. Retaining 98% blue and 97% straw. Grips have light wear with visible wood grain. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine has some corrosion on body. Right side of wood bottom has a large chip and there is a crack through the center. Mechanics are fine. 4-52771 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2313

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2314

*◊ EXTREMELY RARE VONO CHAMBER MARKED 1906 LUGER PISTOL.

SN 1123. 9mm 4″ bbl, marked “Kal. 9” on top. Front of receiver is cut for artillery rear sight “Vono” in cursive script above chamber. Blank toggle “W.P. v NORDHEIM/ZELLA-MEHLIS” stamped on right receiver next to vertical Eagle/N proofs on right receiver and frame rail (very rare example of Zella-Mehlis proof house marks on a Luger). Grip safety. Unnumbered bbl and receiver. Unnumbered checkered walnut grips. Non matching numbered wood bottom magazine. Numbered parts on gun are matching except for firing pin. Reworked and refinished by Von Nordiheim in the 1930’s for commercial sale. This gun is featured on pg. 543 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 95% Von Nordiheim blue and straw. Light pitting on sideplate and grip safety. Grips are very good with light wear and minor chips. Bore is worn and pitted. Magazine is excellent with light wear. Mechanics are fine. 4-52790 (2,500-4,500) – Lot 2314

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2315

*◊ DWM 1906 COMMERCIAL 9MM LUGER PISTOL.

SN 71371. 9mm 4″ bbl with Crown/N proof above full SN on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Horizontal Crown/N proof on left receiver and toggle assembly. Large GESICHERT mark in upper safety position (down safe). Grip safety. Internally the rear frame wall has the lower extension (reinforcement) of the breech stop introduced by DWM in mid-1914 and this is one of the first commercial pistols with this modification. All numbers on gun are matching except for checkered walnut grips. Proper wood bottom magazine. This gun is featured on pg 1090 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine. Professionally restored to near new condition with 99% blue and straw. Grips are lightly worn and retain original color with nice wood grain. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine has light wear overall. Mechanics are fine. 4-52777 (1,200-2,000) – Lot 2315

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