Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1468: DWM 1902 Pistol 9 mm parabellum

Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Exceptional Early Production DWM Model 1902 American Eagle Fat Barrel Luger Pistol Chambered in 9mm Luger with Manual

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

Exceptional Early Production DWM Model 1902 American Eagle Fat Barrel Luger Pistol Chambered in 9mm Luger with Manual

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: 1902
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm parabellum
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut checkered
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Catalog Page: 210
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is one of the finest known, all original examples of the very desirable Model 1902 "American Eagle" Luger pistol that is in exceptional condition. These early 1902 lugers are extremely rare in their original fat barrel configuration as only 600-700 were ever produced, in total for commercial sales in the United States. This model was a continuation of the earlier 1902 commercial Luger however these were specifically intended for the U.S. market, as indicated by the presence of the "American Eagle" Crest. This pistol has the short old style frame with leaf springs and no stock lug, recessed breechblock, dished toggles with toggle lock and grip safety. The barrel extension is also the short old model with the top of the chamber area roll marked with the prominent "American Eagle" crest, with the front toggle correctly marked with the "DWM" logo. These are serial numbered in the commercial manner with the full serial number (22619) on the front of the frame, and underside of the barrel, with the partial serial number "19" stamped on the various small parts. Inside the front frame recess and underside of the barrel extension there is the typical small circled triangle proof. This example has the correct unmarked, polished lower safety area with the correct bright polished (straw colored) flat, old style extractor. This Luger is complete with an original unmarked, nickel plated magazine body with a unmarked wooden base. It is complete with an original 1900/02 German manual titled: "Care To Knowledge and Handling of the Pistol 1900/06". This 1902 American Eagle is new to the collector market and is now selling for the first time at public auction.

Rating Definition:

Excellent condition with 97% plus of the original blue finish overall with just some minor edge and high spot wear with small areas of very fine pitting on the lower edge of the front grip strap and a small ding in the metal on the lower rear grip strap. The walnut grips are also in excellent condition with nice sharp distinct checkering on both sides. Mechanically excellent.

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