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Lot 1553: Chinese Copy of a Fabrique Nationale Model 1900 Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Unique Documented Chinese Copy of a Fabrique Nationale Model 1900 Semi-Automatic Pistol Photographed and Described in "Pistols of the Warlords: 1911-1949"

Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

Unique Documented Chinese Copy of a Fabrique Nationale Model 1900 Semi-Automatic Pistol Photographed and Described in "Pistols of the Warlords: 1911-1949"

Manufacturer: Chinese
Model: Semi-Automatic
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.65 mm auto
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
Item Views: 304
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 381
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Patterned closely after the Fabrique Nationale Model 1900, this pistol shows the typical markings of a Chinese workshop imitating those found on the European pistol they were copying. These copies of popular European pistols were manufactured at a variety of workshops and arsenals in China, mostly during the period of the Chinese Civil War. The left side of the slide and frame both show random combinations of Western letters, imitating the original Fabrique Nationale markings, as well as close copies of Belgian proofs. The right side of the slide, frame, and rear sight are all numbered "1059". It is fitted with a functioning thumb safety, blade front sight, and notch rear sight, with a cocked indicator which blocks the rear sight both when the pistol is cocked and when it is not. The grips are checkered hard rubbed with large imitation "FN" monograms at the top. This specific example is pictured and described on p. 360-361 of "Pistols of the Warlords: 1911-1949". Pistols such as this saw hard use during both phases of the Chinese Civil War and Japanese invasion and are rare in any condition.

Rating Definition:

Very good, showing primarily a plum-brown patina overall with a few patches of scattered light pitting and mostly clear markings. The grips are also very good with a hairline crack at the top of the right panel, some mild wear, and otherwise well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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