Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3575: DWM Borchardt Pistol 7.35 mm

Auction Date: September 11, 2015

Cased DWM Model 1893 Borchardt Semi-Automatic Pistol Rig with Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000

Cased DWM Model 1893 Borchardt Semi-Automatic Pistol Rig with Accessories

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: Borchardt
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.35 mm
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut checkered
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 217
Class: Antique

This is a beautiful example of a late production 1893 Borchardt semi-automatic pistol with the walnut stock/leather holster rig that was manufactured by the DWM factory. The combination walnut stock/leather holster is complete with the metal attaching iron, cheekpiece and leather straps. The pistol itself is an exceptional restoration with a fine rust blue finish on the metal parts with heat blue finish on the smaller parts. These 1893 Borchardt pistols were the true forerunner of the world famous and historic Luger pistol in that it employed the unique toggling breech mechanism, which was eventually adopted and refined by George Luger. This toggle design was used throughout production of the Luger pistols from 1900 through 1942. The right side of the barrel extension is marked in three lines "SYSTEM BORCHARDT. PATENT./DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN,/BERLIN.", and the top of the toggle mechanism bears the German patent markings of "D.R.P./No. 75837". The left side of the breechblock, toggle mechanism and barrel extension all have the early German commercial proofs of a "crown" over "B" and "U" proofs, and the left rear section of the barrel is marked with the full German commercial proofs consisting of the "crown" over "B", "U", and "G" proofs over "172,28". It is fitted with the original checkered walnut grips along with the varnished border around the checkered center panel of each grip. The walnut shoulder stock is complete with the blued attaching iron along with the original black leather holster still attached to the stock with its leather straps. The pistol is complete with a custom made leather covered storage/carrying case, three original, matching magazines, one original dummy (wooden) magazine with the brass oiler on the bottom, the wooden cheekpiece, shoulder strap, screwdriver with tips and two pin-punches, a non-original brass cleaning rod with screw end.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as restored with 99% plus of professionally applied rust blued finish that has taken on a wonderful aged looked. It shows only very minor edge wear wear with some thinning on the muzzle. The various smaller parts retain 99% of a refurbished deep heat blued colors overall. The checkered walnut grips are in fine condition with nice distinct checkering overall with only minor handling marks. The various accessories are in fine condition. The custom made case is in very good condition with most of the leather cover still intact showing light wear on the corners and edges. A wonderful looking restored DWM Borchardt pistol rig.

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