Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 532: Japanese Tokyo Arsenal Baby Nambu Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Exceptional and Scarce Japanese Tokyo Arsenal Baby Nambu Semi-Automatic Pistol with Matching Magazine and Original Ammunition

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Exceptional and Scarce Japanese Tokyo Arsenal Baby Nambu Semi-Automatic Pistol with Matching Magazine and Original Ammunition

Manufacturer: Japanese
Model: Baby Nambu
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7 mm Nambu
Barrel: 4 5/8 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: mahogany
Stock:
Item Views: 489
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 365
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is an excellent example of an early pre-WWI Japanese Baby Nambu pistol. They were authorized for private purchase as a semi-official Japanese officer's pistol for both the Japanese Army and Naval forces. It has the intertwined cannon balls logo on top of the chamber area indicating manufacture at the Tokyo Arsenal with the right side of the upper slide area having 3 Japanese Kanji markings for the Nambu nomenclature under the Army contract. Below that is the serial number "845". It has the high polish blue metal finish and straw colored small parts. It has checkered mahogany grips and comes with one matching nickel-plated magazine numbered "845." on the spine and one spare non-matching magazine numbered "1633" on the spine. Also included are 34 rounds of original Japanese Baby Nambu 7 mm ammunition.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 98% plus of the original blue finish overall, only minor edge and high spot wear, and a very, very minor corrosion spot on the very front edge of the recoil spring housing. The small parts retain 50% plus of their straw colors overall. With most of the finish loss on the face of the trigger. The grip panels are in excellent condition with nice distinct sharp checking overall. It has all matching numbers except the firing pin which is unnumbered but correct. The spare magazine is also in excellent condition and so is the scarce ammunition.



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