Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3219: Walther PP Pistol 7.65 mm auto

Auction Date: September 11, 2016

Historic Wartime/Post-War Engraved Walther PP Presentation Semi Automatic Pistol with Holster and Spare Magazine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $11,000 - $16,000

Historic Wartime/Post-War Engraved Walther PP Presentation Semi Automatic Pistol with Holster and Spare Magazine

Manufacturer: Walther
Model: PP
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.65 mm auto
Barrel: 3 7/8 inch round
Finish: gold wash
Grip: mother of pearl
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Catalog Page: 110
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is a unique example of a presentation grade, Walther factory engraved Nazi era Model PP semi-automatic pistol. This pistol is engraved on the left side of the slide with the inscription: "Lt. Col Don Gorton" with the intertwined capital letter "T O" on each end. This was the unit symbol and shoulder patch of the 90th Infantry Division, who over ran the Walther factory in April 1945. The "T O" actually stood for "Tough Ombres" which was the nickname for this unit made up mostly of men from Texas and Oklahoma. These post-war presentation Walthers were actually engraved by the Walther factory prior or during WWII, set aside and never issued (in most cases in a partially completed condition) by the Walther factory waiting for them to be issued, based on requests from the Nazi Party organizations. At the end of WWII, the 90th Division Commander authorized these pistols to be assembled from the remaining pre-war engraved part sets, still remaining at the Walther factory with the names of senior members of the 90th Infantry Division, which were presented to them as gifts prior to them returning home. As noted, in this case it was presented to Lt. Col. Don Gorton. There is a nearly identical pistol to this example that was presented to Gen. Manton Eddy, who was the general of the 11th Armor Division and 90th Infantry Division who commanded the drive through Germany that over took the Walther factory in 1945. That specific pistol now resides in the West Point Museum and is pictured on page 40 of the book: "Walther Volume II Engraved, Presentation and Standard Models". Additionally, we previously sold Walther PP serial number "215304 P" that was presented to Lt. Col. James F. Sinclair who was also assigned to the 90th Infantry Division, 3rd Army. This pistol features the exceptional, high grade, traditional Walther deep relief German "Oak Leaf and Acorn" style engraving with a stippled background that covers virtually all the exposed metal surfaces intermixed with a geometric pattern that highlights/border the engraved panels. The layout and attention to detail is just exceptional. The engravings cover all surfaces including the front and back end of the slide, the grip straps and complete trigger guard bow. The pistol is a late pattern with the 60 degree safety, ring hammer, loaded chamber indicator and no lanyard loop. The slide has the standard Walther Banner followed by "Waffenfabrik Walther, Zella-Mehlis (Thur)/Walther's Patent Cal 7.65mm" followed by "MOD.PP", which have all been framed or outlined in an engraved panel with the engraving going right up to the edge of the panels. The pistol does not show the standard "Eagle/N" Nazi commercial proofmarks, which is correct for this pistol as it was assembled after the war and was not proof tested by the factory. The serial number (215314P) is stamped vertically on the right side of the frame, and there is no serial number inside the slide which would also be correct for this pistol. Originally, the pistol had a gold plated metal finish overall and is currently fitted with a set of pearl grips. It comes with two Walther marked PP magazines, one with a finger extension base and the spare with a flat base. It comes with an original wartime brown leather holster that is ink stamped inside the flap with: "WALTHER/P.P.", with the lower front flap stamped: "D.R.G.M./AKAH".

Rating Definition:

Fine with 50% of the original gold plated finish still remaining on sections of the trigger guard bow, the hammer and sides of the magazine. The remaining metal surfaces are still unfinished/in the white. The pearl grips are in excellent condition. The holster is in excellent condition and appears to have seen almost no use. A scarce example of a unique Walther factory engraved Model PP pistol.

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