*◊ SPECTACULAR AND IMPORTANT CASED PLATINUM PLATED IVORY GRIPPED AND ENGRAVED PRESENTATION KRIEGHOFF P.08 LUGER.
SN 17232. 4″ 9mm bbl with oak leaf pattern engraving around front sight band and Crown/N proof on bottom. HK Anchor/KRIEGHOFF SUHL on center toggle link. Star (military reject) proof on right front receiver and Eagle/2 on front of right frame rail. Crown/N proofs on front of left receiver and front of left frame rail. Oak leaf pattern engraving on receiver, toggle assembly, sideplate, frame, magazine release button and grip screws. Ivory grips are engraved with an oak leaf pattern with black filling of background. With two matching numbered aluminum based magazines that are highly polished and also platinum plated. All numbered parts are matching. Left side frame panel is gold inlaid “HEINRICH KRIEGHOFF/WAFFENFABRIK SUHL/15. 8. 39.” indicating presentation on August 15, 1939. Other similar engraved/ivory gripped pistols in this 5 digit commercial SN range with the identical inscription have been positively identified to ownership by Hermann Goering by the Krieghoff factory, though the exact significance of the date of the inscription remains unknown (see The Krieghoff Parabellum/Gibson). With a high polished and platinum plated takedown Krieghoff tool that is Eagle/2 proofed and a brass cleaning rod/oiler in a case with black leatherette exterior, blue velvet fitted interior, leather handle and nickel plated fittings. This gun is featured on pp. 536 and 803 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. This gun is also prominently featured in color in The Krieghoff Parabellum by Randall Gibson (see pp. 200, 204/5 & 212). PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Near new. Retaining over 99% of platinum plating that has resisted tarnishing and corrosion. Bore is bright and sharp. Ivory grips are starting to yellow and left grip has a chip under safety lever which has been professionally repaired. Magazines are near new with a few spots of corrosion. Mechanics are excellent. Hold-open spring tang is broken off and included with gun. Case is in very good condition with some indents on lid. Sharp edge wear and some wear through on corners. Leather handle has some cracking and flaking. nickel plated fittings are lightly pitted. Interior velvet is stained and indented from pistol sitting in it for many years. Takedown tool is near new. Cleaning rod is excellent with some corrosion on metal ware. 4-52167 BWS58 (50,000-100,000) – Lot 3094Click here to view rotating image
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