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Lot 1400: Sauer J P & Son 38 H Pistol 7.65 mm auto

Extremely Rare Documented "Heinrich Himmler" Presentation J.P. Sauer Model 38H Semi-Automatic Pistol Photographed in the Book J.P. Sauer & Sohn

Auction Date: September 10, 2016

Lot 1400: Sauer J P & Son 38 H Pistol 7.65 mm auto

Extremely Rare Documented "Heinrich Himmler" Presentation J.P. Sauer Model 38H Semi-Automatic Pistol Photographed in the Book J.P. Sauer & Sohn

Auction Date: September 10, 2016

Estimated Price: $75,000 - $110,000
Price Realized:

Extremely Rare Documented "Heinrich Himmler" Presentation J.P. Sauer Model 38H Semi-Automatic Pistol Photographed in the Book J.P. Sauer & Sohn

Manufacturer: Sauer J P & Son
Model: 38 H
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.65 mm auto
Barrel: 3 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: black checkered plastic
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Catalog Page: 198
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is an extremely rare late production Model 38H J. P. Sauer & Sohn "Heinrich Himmler" shooting prize presentation pistol. This exact pistol is pictured and listed in the reference book "J. P Sauer & Sohns, A Historical Study of Sauer Automatic Pistols" by Jim Cate and Nico Van Gijn on pages 353 and 356. This specific pistol is noted as being 1 of 5 Heinrich Himmler sniper shooting prize Sauer 38H pistols that were captured at the end of WWII. The pistols were purportedly presented to German snipers for 100 confirmed kills. One was actually captured at Hitler's Berchtesgaden home. This specific example is the lowest serial number known, and it is in excellent condition. This Model 38 has the high-polish blue finish with the presentation inscription on the left side of the slide. The left side of the slide is inscribed: "Dem Scarfschutzen-" followed by an engraved facsimile of the signature "H. Himmler". The right side of the slide has the standard late production, two line factory legend "J.P. Sauer & Sohn, Suhl/ Cal. 7.65", which is exactly the opposite side of standard production pistols. The pistol has checkered, black plastic grips with the encircled Sauer monogram on the left grip. The frame is serial numbered (475396) on the left side below the slide serrations. It has the Nazi "Eagle/N" proofmarks on the right rear side of the frame and slide and on the very front edge of the barrel. It comes complete with one magazine that has a dull blued finish that is marked on the rear edge of the floorplate "CAL,.7.65".

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 97% plus of the original high polish blue finish overall with one small rub/scratch mark on the left side of the slide on the forward end of the inscription. The inscription and markings are all sharp. The grips are also in excellent condition with only minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. Certainly an exceptionally rare "H. Himmler" J.P. Sauer & Sohn presentation pistol.



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