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Lot 3626: Two Swiss Presentation Cased Model 1929 Revolvers

Auction Date: December 2, 2018

Two Documented Presentation Cased Swiss Model 1929 Revolvers from High-Ranking Swiss Army Officers

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

A) Swiss 1929 Revolver

Manufacturer: Swiss
Model: 1929
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 9 mm
Barrel: 4 1/2 inch round
Finish: matte blue
Grip: plastic
Stock:
Item Views: 1154
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 243
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Bore Condition: -
Description:

Both revolvers have standard markings and features for the model, and come with a black leatherette case with presentation plaque, and a U.S. Army private weapon identification card, verifying them as the personal property of General Saint during his posting in West Germany. The A plaque reads "To General Crosbie E. Saint/from Lieutenant General Rolf Binder/April 1990". In this context, "Lieutenant General" is a translation of Binder's Swiss rank of Korpskommandant; this is functionally the highest rank in the Swiss Army, as the rank of full General is reserved exclusively for wartime or national crisis. At the time of the presentation, Binder was the "Ausbildungschef", responsible for overall training of the Swiss armed forces. Included with the grouping are two letters dated 20 July 1992, from Colonel Georg von Erlach of the Swiss Army to Colonel H. Rance Farrell, the Defense Attache at the American Embassy in Bern, verifying the revolvers by serial number as being drawn from the Swiss armory at Bern for presentation to General Saint.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 80% of the dark matte blue finish, showing a few areas of brown patina and some light spotting and handling marks overall. Mechanically excellent.



B) Swiss 1929 Revolver

Manufacturer: Swiss
Model: 1929
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 9 mm
Barrel: 4 1/2 inch round
Finish: matte blue
Grip: plastic
Stock:
Item Views: 1154
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 243
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Bore Condition: -
Description:

Outfitted as A, with the plate reading "General Crosbie Saint/Commander in Chief, US Army EUROPE and 7th Army/presented by/Chief of Staff, Swiss Armed Forces/(reproduction signature)/Corps Commander Eugen Luthy/September 1989". A teacher and writer in civilian life, Luethy joined the Swiss Army in 1955, and served as Chief of Staff from 1986 to 1990.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 80% of the matte blue finish, showing some light wear and spotting. Mechanically excellent.



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