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Auction Date: November 30, 2012

Lot 1495: DWM - 1906

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Rare Imperial German 1906 DWM Navy Luger with Double Magazine Pouch and Matching Serialized Navy Board Stock
Estimated Price: $32,500 - $40,000
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Serial #DWM - 1906 ManufacturerDWM Model1906
TypePistol Gauge9 Mm Luger Catalog Page219
Barrel6 Inch Round FinishBlue GripWalnut Checkered
Stockwalnut ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is a an exceptional example of what has been termed, a first issue altered, Model 1906 Imperial German Navy Luger rig. These Navy Lugers have always been highly sought after by collectors because of their uniqueness and limited production numbers. These first issue/altered models were ones that were subsequently reworked by having their safety areas altered so that the Safety markings were located in the upper position of the rear frame area, so that they would have the same markings and function that was eventually adopted for all standard Military Lugers. This alteration was performed by both DWM and the Navy Dockyards in a very professional manner. The usually procedures was that the original, lower safety markings and frame areas were polished out with the word "GESICHERT" remarked in the upper position. This exceptional is even rarer in that it still retains its original serial numbered, matching Navy stock. The chamber is blank with the script "DWM" logo on the front toggle. The left side of the barrel extension is marked with the double "Crown/M" Navy acceptance proofs and one "Crown" acceptance proof with the same latter proof on the left side of the breechblock. The underside of the barrel is stamped with a single "Crown/M" acceptance proof and full serial number. It has the standard military style numbering with the full number on the major parts with the partial number "10" on the various smaller components. It has the standard extractor markings of "GELADEN". It is fitted with the standard front sight with the unique sliding, two-position, Navy rear sight marked with "100" and "200". This Luger has one original nickel plated magazine with an original base with the concentric circles on each end as only found on Navy Luger. The base is marked with a "Crown/M" Naval proof, and serial number 2480, that was restamped (by Navy amours) with number "2910". As noted this excellent Navy Luger Rig is complete with the matching attaching iron, walnut board stock that has the same double "Crown/M" navy proofs on the back side, over the stock disc, which is unit/property stamped "W.W. 1831" which is also engraved on the back strap of the pistol. An original Navy holster that is marked inside: "LOH SOHNE/ACT. GES./BERLIN", an original leather double magazine pouch and the shoulder straps.

ConditionExtremely fine with 90% plus of the original blue finish with wear on the edges and high spots. The grips are both very fine with nice distinct checkering on both sides. This example has all matching numbers to include the attaching iron except the magazine, which was restamped as noted above. The Navy stock is very fine with nice clear, sharp proofs with some minor handling marks. The holster and double magazine pouch are both very good plus with nice tight stitching and a lightly used look to the leather showing fading of the black color overall. The shoulder straps are in near very good condition showing wear and age cracking but still intact. A very rare example of an all matching DWM Model 1906 Navy Luger Rig.
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