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Lot 1519: Chinese Taku Naval Dockyard Flatside C96 Broomhandle Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Very Scarce Chinese Taku Naval Dockyard Flatside C96 Broomhandle Semi-Automatic Pistol with Ownership Note

Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Very Scarce Chinese Taku Naval Dockyard Flatside C96 Broomhandle Semi-Automatic Pistol with Ownership Note

Manufacturer: Chinese
Model: Broomhandle
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.63 mm Mauser auto
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Item Views: 453
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 370
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Initially constructed in 1880, with the purpose of servicing a fleet of ships which had mostly been purchased from foreign powers, the Taku Naval Dockyard was located about 75 miles south of Beijing and over time would grow in size and scope of facilities. By the 1920's the facility was producing warships domestically and servicing foreign made ships, as well as having branched out into small arms production, manufacturing small artillery pieces, machine guns, and C96 pattern pistols such as this example. Unlike many of the weapons manufactured during the period of the Chinese Civil War, those made at Taku Dockyard are often cited as being of very fine quality, a claim that this pistol supports. These pistols were used heavily through the various periods of the Chinese Civil War, and surviving examples in any condition are scarce. It is numbered similarly to Mauser produced examples with the full serial number on the rear of the "flatside" pattern frame, left side of the rear sight, and the top rear of the barrel extension, and last three digits on the hammer. The grips are both numbered to the gun internally. The only other markings on the gun are in English, with "TAKU NAVAL/DOCKYARD" stamped on top of the barrel extension over the breech. It is fitted with blade and tangent sights, a large ring hammer, grooved grips, and a lanyard loop and ring on the butt. Included with the pistol is a small handwritten document with Chinese characters that was found lodged between the grips when it was previously disassembled that has been translated to be an ownership certificate of sorts, naming a Chinese policeman in the 1970s as the owner.

Rating Definition:

Good, showing mostly a mottled grey and brown patina overall with some faint traces of old refinished blue in some sheltered areas and some scattered patches of light surface pitting. The grips are also good showing even moderate wear, consistent with years of significant use, and some scattered minor dings. Mechanically excellent.

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