Manufactured about 1897. Blade front and tangent rear sights, the latter graduated "1" to "10", with the top of the chamber marked "WAFFENFABRIK/MAUSER/OBERNDORF A/N", the left side is marked with a "crown/crown/U" German test proof, and an Oberndorf antler proof on the right flat. Matching numbers are present on the frame, hammer, bolt, follower, floorplate, hammer group, trigger housing, and the ribbed grip panels. The back strap is additionally marked "JR/18359". Includes a hardwood shoulder stock, numbered to match the pistol on the blued mounting iron. Per a set of included notes, this pistol was acquired from Rupert Clarke, Third Baronet of Rupertswood, and in turn was formerly the property of his father, Rupert Clarke, Second Baronet of Rupertswood. The Rupertswood Baronetcy was the first baronetcy created in Victoria, Australia, and one of a limited number of active baronetcies in Australia. The Second Baronet was involved in agriculture and politics, while the Third Baronet had a notable career in World War II as aide-de-camp to Lieutenant-General Sir Harold Alexander of the Irish Guards (later Governor-General of Canada) in Burma, Tunisia, and Sicily, as well as active in sailing and horse racing.
Excellent, with 90% plus original blue finish, showing some light spotting, edge wear, and handling marks. The grips are excellent with some light dings, and the stock is fine with mild spotting on the mounting iron and light scattered dents and scratches on the wood. Mechanically excellent.
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