*◊ SCARCE MAUSER C96, PRE-WAR COMMERCIAL, FRENCH RETAILER MARKING, MATCHING STOCK.
SN 81379. Cal. 7.63mm. Standard Mauser Pre-War Commercial with 5-1/2″ bbl and slip in 50-1000 rear sight. Usual address on top of chamber. Full SN on left chamber flat. Small Crown U on left side of bbl extension; no marking on the right side. The top of the bbl is retailer marked “Manufacture Francaise d’Armes & Cycles de Saint-Etienne.” Standard 2-Line Mauser legend on the right side of the frame. Fire blued small parts excepting strawed trigger. Disassembly shows all matching numbers or blank inspected parts as correct for the variation. Matching numbers include the bbl extension, bolt, bolt stop, hammer, subframe and associated components, frame, locking block, floorplate and grips. No lanyard ring. Finely serrated wood panels. Accompanied by orig, factory matching stock. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: 90% orig blue with some careful touch up of the bbl. Faint scattered oxidative flecking on both sides of the frame with more advanced patina involving the front and back straps. Small parts with near excellent orig fire blue and straw. Grips retain much of their orig varnish with a scattering of superficial dings and negligible losses. Dull bore with easily discernible rifling amidst moderate corrosion. Perfect mechanics. Stock retains most of its orig varnish with a scattering of light handling marks. No cracks or chips. Hinge with lanyard is speckled with oxidation, retaining 50-60% original fire blue. The same toning involves the matching lug whose upper arm has transitioned to a uniform brown. 4-52133 LMA108 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 3042
Auction: Firearms - Spring 2014
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