Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1438: DWM Model 1893 Borchardt Cased Pistol

Auction Date: September 9, 2017

Excellent, Scarce, Documented Early DWM Model 1893 Borchardt Cased Pistol Rig Complete with Four Matching Magazines, Original Shoulder Stock, Leather Holster, Cheekpiece and Original Black Leather Covered Storage Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $35,000 - $55,000

Excellent, Scarce, Documented Early DWM Model 1893 Borchardt Cased Pistol Rig Complete with Four Matching Magazines, Original Shoulder Stock, Leather Holster, Cheekpiece and Original Black Leather Covered Storage Case

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: 1893
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.65 Borchardt Auto
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 240
Class: Antique
Description:

This is an excellent example of an all original late production Model 1893 Borchardt pistol that was produced by the DWM factory. These are highly desirable and not encountered near as often as the Loewe produced example and are the direct predecessor to the DWM 1899/1900 Luger pistols. Originally, these pistols were marketed under the name Waffenfabrik/Loewe/Berlin, but sometime around 1895, that company merged with the Deutsche Metallpatronenfabrik of Karlsruhe forming the new company of DWM. Consequently, this pistol is actually a later model manufactured under the new name. The right side of the barrel extension is marked in three lines: "SYSTEM BORCHARDT PATENT/DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND-MUNITIONSFABRIKEN./BERLIN.". The top of the toggle link is stamped "D.R.P./No. 75837". The pistol serial number "1475" is visible on the stock lug, the bottom of the pistol grip, the left side of the trigger, the left side of the toggle link, the rear underside of the barrel and on the wooden base of all four original magazines. The left side of the barrel has the standard "Crown" over "B", "U" and "G" proofs over the bore dimensions of "172,28". Additionally, the left front edge of the barrel extension, the left side of the breechblock and toggle assembly have the standard Crown over the "B" and "U" acceptance proofs. As noted, this pistol rig is complete with four original matching wood base magazines, the original walnut shoulder stock with attaching iron, original black leather holster, original walnut cheekpiece, original dummy (walnut) magazine with the brass oiler on the base, the leather shoulder strap, an original two-piece brass cleaning rod with brass jag, two pin-punches and the original black leather covered Borchardt pistol carrying/storage case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 95% plus of the original blue finish overall with minor edge and high spot wear, some wear areas showing where the toggle was cycled or the stock lug was attached. The walnut grips are very fine plus overall with 25% of the original varnish around the edges. Both grips have nice, original, distinct checkering. The left grip shows two minor light pressure dents in the center section. The walnut stock is actually a highly figured version (the only one this describer has ever seen) and shows minor pressure dents and dings from light use. The lower left side shows some chips along the edge. The walnut cheekpiece is also very fine showing only minor handling marks overall. The black leather holster is very good overall with the surface of the leather still complete showing only minor age cracking across the face. The stitching along the edge, bottom and the toe plug have all been removed, but the leather is undamaged. All four magazines are excellent. The leather storage/carrying case is good with the locks and corner still complete. The actual leather covering on the outside in fair condition, showing much fading and wear on the top and bottom. The lid itself has three cracks; two larger ones at the top and a smaller one just starting on the lower right hand corner. The front locks/clasps, hinges and carrying strap are all complete. Although the case does show wear, it did its' job and protected the pistol and accessories in excellent condition. This is a very rare and very desirable all matching Borchardt pistol rig with four matching magazines.



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