*◊ VERY SCARCE AUTHENTIC WORLD WAR I GEWEHR 98 SNIPER RIFLE.
SN 3913E. Cal. 7.92mm. Desirable mostly matching WWI era Gewehr 98 double claw sniper rifle with Bock 3X scope. Rifle itself is in good, combat used, as issued condition, and all parts match with the exception of the bolt assembly. Profusely Imperial proofed on right butt & all metal parts, as correct. Front & rear scope bases have been factory installed during the era. The rifle has been fitted with a double claw rear off set mount with “OTTO BOCK.HOFL.BERLIN.” marked 3 power scope, also engraved “GEW.No.842k”. Scope is in overall good condition. Four post reticle with surprisingly clear optics. Set comes with servicable period leather sling and correct cleaning rod. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Overall good showing much service use. Rifle bluing is approx 85% with most wear at the bands, trigger guard, buttplate, scope mount bases, rear sight turning brown with scattered patina & light pitting on scope, body & double claw rings. Scope optics clear & mechanically functional. Bore is dark with strong lands & grooves. Stock overall good condition with several scratches, dings & handling marks consistent with war time use in the trenches. 43475-887 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2668
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