Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 517: Scarce Menz Liliput Model I Pistol w-Ex. Mag, Hols., Letter

Auction Date: September 6, 2019

Scarce August Menz Liliput Model I Semi-Automatic Pistol with Extra Magazine, Holster, and Correspondence with Author Alistair MacLean

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Scarce August Menz Liliput Model I Semi-Automatic Pistol with Extra Magazine, Holster, and Correspondence with Author Alistair MacLean

Manufacturer: Menz August
Model: Liliput
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 4.25 mm
Barrel: 1 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: plastic
Stock:
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 225
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in the 1920s, the Menz Liliput is one of the smallest semi-automatic pistols ever manufactured, chambering an equally minuscule centerfire cartridge. (The Kolibri is the only smaller automatic pistol that writer can recall). Consignor attributed the pistol as a war trophy taken from an unnamed German general and then kept in the family until present. Provided is a copy of a letter from noted author Alistair MacLean, writer of "The Guns of Navarone", "Ice Station Zebra", "Where Eagles Dare" and other novels; in addition to thanking the recipient for kind remarks about his books, he advised them that he had no insight on where to get 4.35 Liliput ammunition ("I haven't even seen this type of gun for over twenty years - I picked up a model during the war but someone apparently required it more than I did and that was that."), and directed them to query Colt Firearms directly regarding a question on a Colt revolver. Fixed sights, with ""LILIPUT" KAL. 4,25/Modell I" and "GERMANY" on the left side of the slide, "crown/N" proof marks, and checkered grips with "4,25" medallions. Includes an extra magazine and a brown leather flap holster.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 95% of the original blue finish, showing some bright wear on the edges and under the safety switch, a few hints of brown patina and mild handling marks. A small crack is visible in the bottom of the right grip panel, otherwise the grips are good with sharp checkering. The holster is very good, showing mild scuffing and wear. Mechanically excellent.



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