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Lot 344: Chinese "La Fjagne" Marked Copy of a Star Model A Pistol

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Unique Documented Chinese "La Fjagne" Marked Copy of a Star Model A Semi-Automatic Pistol as Pictured and Described in "Pistols of the Warlords: 1911-1949"

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,500

Unique Documented Chinese "La Fjagne" Marked Copy of a Star Model A Semi-Automatic Pistol as Pictured and Described in "Pistols of the Warlords: 1911-1949"

Manufacturer: Chinese
Model: Semi-Automatic
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.63 mm
Barrel: 5 1/16 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Stock:
Item Views: 330
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 297
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is a very interesting and unique Chinese copy of a Star Model A pistol. Likely manufactured during the turbulent and violent period of the Chinese Civil War, this pistol very closely imitates the Star Model A in appearance and function, though it lacks a thumb safety. It is unclear whether the thumb safety is merely absent or if one was ever fitted, as the frame appears to be manufactured to accept one. The left side of the slide is marked "LA FJAGNE", the meaning of which is unknown, which is followed by a sideways "S" within a diamond, a symbol that is repeated on the left of the frame. The "S" within a diamond symbol is also unidentified, though it is likely the mark of the workshop, factory, or arsenal that originally produced the pistol. It is fitted with blade and notch sights, serrated slide stop, checkered thin hammer, magazine release on the magazine well, a lanyard loop on the left of the grip frame and a pair of checkered hardwood grips. The specific pistol is pictured and discussed on p. 510-511 of the reference book by Ian McCollum, "Pistols of the Warlords: 1911-1949".

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains traces of the original blue finish, primarily in sheltered areas with the balance having thinned to a mottled grey-brown patina with some scattered light pitting. The thumb safety shield appears to have been brazed back onto the frame. The grips are also fine shoring moderate wear and minor handling marks scattered throughout, and otherwise well-defined checkering. Mechanically inoperable, as the slide does not fully retract.



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