Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 379: U.S. Rock Island Arsenal Holster for a Test Luger

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Very Scarce, Highly Desirable U.S. Rock Island Arsenal Holster for a U.S. Test Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Very Scarce, Highly Desirable U.S. Rock Island Arsenal Holster for a U.S. Test Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol

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Description:

Originally ordered in 1901 and completed in 1902, Rock Island Arsenal produced a set of holsters for use in the test trials of the Luger semi-automatic pistol. Constructed from brown leather in a left handed configuration, with "US" in an oval on the flap, "W.K." just below the brass closure stud, "ROCK ISLAND/ARSENAL/E.H.S." on the rear, and a broad single belt loop secured with stitching and rivets.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The flap and belt loop show cracking concentrated on the folds and stress points, with mild wear and staining overall and verdigris buildup around the brass. Overall the leather remains strong and supple, with the stitching tight and the rivets and stud holding solid.



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