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This is an extraordinary example of a cased presentation DWM Model 1902 carbine with 11 3/4 inch barrel and 3-position 100-300 meter rear sight marked "1", "2" and "3". The front toggle link is marked with the "DWM" scroll and the chamber has a unique gold inlaid stylized letter "B" over chamber which is believed to have been specially designated for the very likely presentation recipient, gun inventor Hugo Borchardt. It has the rare "GL" (Georg Luger) monogram initials marking on rear of rear toggle link. This "GL" monogram only appears on Luger pistols and carbines personally inspected and/or presented by Georg Luger. This carbine is in the correct 9000C serial number range for presentation carbines. Fitted with full checkered walnut grips. The stock and forearm are highly figured checkered walnut and are matching numbered to the carbine with deluxe checkering patterns, with the correct sling swivels. The carbine is complete in its original apple green velvet lined burgundy leather covered presentation case with gold plated latches, reinforcing corners and handle hardware. The top of the case has a large very decorative gold plated plaque engraved with a large "B" and multiple decorative border lines. The front of case has a mortised gold plated 2-pronged lock. The lining is French fitted for the carbine, it's matching numbered stock, three spare correct wood base magazines plus a fourth magazine in the pistol, an original tin of Vaseline, an original small flat sided tin oiler, both encased in burgundy leather sleeves, a rare brass and steel carbine length cleaning rod/oiler, a pin punch and takedown tool. The rear edge of the lower compartment has a hinged lid which conceals a compartment containing five period nickel-plated dummy cartridges with "D.M./K" head stamp and a 5-pointed star on each side. There is also the original gold-washed functioning key for the lock and the extremely rare original burgundy leather sling with leather-cover buckle making this an absolutely complete and original cased presentation Luger carbine, one of the few known in private hands in the world today. The original Luger was a developmental improvement of the successful Borchardt C93 pistol, and, according to some scholars, early on Georg Luger had a working and/or professional relationship with Hugo Borchardt while developing the Luger pistol. In well-known historical information, the Luger-Borchardt relationship eventually deteriorated and in the end they were essentially bitter enemies. Charles Kenyon, Luger scholar and author, photographs and describes this exact Borchardt attributed presentation Luger carbine in two of his articles in "The Gun Report" magazine, in the November 1998 issue on pages 13 and 48 (photos 4, 5 and 6) and in the April 2002 issue on page 47 (photo 4). In Mr. Kenyon's article in the April 2002 issue, he also photographs and discusses SN 9109C Presentation Carbine with "GL" marked rear toggle and "H.S.M. March 15, 1903" in gold inlay over the chamber believed to have been presented to gun inventor Hiram S. Maxim. The serial number of the purported Maxim gun is only three digits away from this Hugo Borchardt presentation Luger, SN 9106C. It is a fact that Georg Luger worked for DWM at the time of the presentation of this carbine, and DWM evolved from the Ludwig Loewe firm which had employed Hugo Borchardt during the production of his famous Borchardt C93 pistol, the predecessor to the Luger pistols. It is likely that either DWM or Georg Luger himself made presentations of these special carbines to both Hugo Borchardt and Hiram S. Maxim. After all, the toggle design in the successful Luger had been modified from Borchardt's design. Borchardt's toggle design had been taken from Hiram S. Maxim's design for his famous machine gun which preceded the Borchardt pistol. DWM or Luger was therefore acknowledging and, in some way thanking, both of these individuals for their influence on this improved design utilized in this Luger pistol. This was once an important piece in the world class collection of German industrialist Karl Press. At the time it was purchased by a previous owner, Doug Smith, from the Press Collection, it was represented as having come from the Borchardt family. Reportedly, a fair amount of research was done by Smith to affirm this fact. The original buyer of the Luger, Lee Engles, a well-known East coast dealer at the time affirmed that he had purchased it at a Rochester, New York, gun show directly from a G.I. who had been stationed in Berlin at the end of World War II. Research of 1941 phone directories for Berlin proved that there were members of the Borchardt family in and around the Charlottenburg area, a very wealthy region of Berlin. The G.I. could have secured the carbine from a Borchardt family residence, or, since all German citizens were required to turn in their arms, it is very likely that the gun was turned in with other weapons and was salvaged at that time. This is one of the most significant presentation Lugers in the world and is in exceptional original condition. Provenance: The Lee Engles Collection; The Karl Press Collection; The Doug Smith Collection; Property of a Gentleman
Excellent plus. The pistol retains 99% plus original factory blue and 95% plus original factory straw colors. The grips are also excellent showing minimal evidence of handling, a beautiful color, highly figured grain and absolutely crisp checkering. The stock and forearm are excellent showing only very minor handling and storage marks on the surface and retain virtually all of their original factory finish. The horn buttplate has bug damage to about 50% of its surface. All accessories are in near mint condition. Mechanically excellent. Case is extremely fine with some minor scuffs and wear on the edges, a few overall scattered scratches, and some minor losses on the left lower edge. Interior is crisp with one or two small faded spots and is otherwise a crisp green color. The handle shows wear and flaking. This is considered by many to be the single most significant Georg Luger presentation Luger Carbine extant and has ties to Hugo Borchardt.
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