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Selling: April 20, 2012

Lot 1612: DWM - 1900

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Rare Early Production Serial Number 159 DWM Model 1900 Swiss Contract Luger Pistol with Unrelieved Frame
Estimated Price: $15,000 - $25,000
Serial #DWM - 1900 ManufacturerDWM Model1900
TypePistol Gauge7.65 Mm Luger Auto Catalog Page33
Barrel4 3/4 Inch Round FinishBlue GripWalnut Checkered
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is a beautiful example of an all original, very rare, early production Model 1900 DWM Swiss Contract Luger with unrelieved frame. This is one of only 2,000 Model 1900 Swiss commercial Lugers produced, with this specific pistol being a very early example with the "unrelieved first type" frame which is accompanied by an equally rare "flat button" magazine. These Lugers represent the very first commercial contract pistol, sold by the DWM factory and as purchased by the country of Switzerland. This pistol has the early dished toggles with toggle lock, a flat/recessed breech bolt, no stock lug, grip safety, early style, larger flat safety lever with coarse checkering, early narrow trigger, flat main springs and fast taper barrel that is 4 3/4 inches long. These pistols also have the "Swiss Cross" in a sunburst on top of the chamber area with toggle marked "DWM". The barrel extension has the "Swiss Cross/V" acceptance proof for Herr Vogelsang the factory inspector. The top and back side of the rear toggle, and left side of the barrel all have the small Swiss-Cross firing proof. This example still retains the original unmodified, early "V" notch rear sight. The front of the frame and underside of the barrel have the full serial number (159) of the pistol and the various small parts all are correctly numbered with the last two digits (59) of the serial number, to include the back sides of each grip panel. As noted this beautiful Swiss Luger pistol is complete with a very early, "flat button" magazine that has the nickel plated magazine body, with unmarked wooden base with the small circular discs inset into each side of the base.

ConditionExcellent with 98% plus of the original blued finish with only minor edge wear. The markings are clear and sharp. The walnut grips are correctly numbered on the back side of each one (both matching) and have excellent checkering on both panels with nice sharp checkering showing a couple of light pressure dents/minor handling marks on the right side, commonly caused from a closure stud on a holster. The various small parts retain 95% of their original straw colors. This pistol has all matching numbers. Certainly this is probably the finest extremely early 1900 Swiss Luger contract pistol we have ever offered at auction. A must for a high end collection!
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