This is a very rare example of a Bergmann Model 1896 Number 2 Semi-Automatic Pistol as produced by the firm of V. Charles Schilling in Suhl. Theodore Bergman was a pioneer in developing semi-automatic pistols in Europe in the late 1890s and early 1900s. The magazine is integral to the pistol and is located in front of the trigger and has a magazine cover that swings down. This early pocket model is actually even more rare in that it has the early style folding trigger, which was dropped from the later models. The right side of the pistol has oval shaped logo that depicts a "mountain man" logo holding a pick behind his back with sun rays showing from behind his back. The top of the oval is marked "Gaggenau" and the lower area is marked "V.C.S. Suhl". The left side of the barrel/receiver area has a double/Crown proof mark followed by "611" the bore diameter. The lower side of the frame is marked "PATENT/BREVET/S.G.D.G.". The serial number "181" is stamped on the right front side of the frame. Lower barrel assembly.
Very fine with 90% plus of the original blue finish overall with only minor edge and high spot wear overall with thinning on the rear grip strap with a spot of fine pin-prick pitting on the right front edge of the frame. The smaller parts retain 75% of their straw colors overall with slightly less on the trigger. The grips are also in very fine condition with nice distinct checkering on both sides. A very nice example of a rare "folding trigger" number 2 Bergmann pistol.
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