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Lot 396: DWM 1908 Commercial Luger Sermi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Excellent DWM 1908 Commercial Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Excellent DWM 1908 Commercial Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: 1908 Commercial
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut checkered
Item Views: 370
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 330
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is an outstanding and desirable pre-WWI DWM Model 1908 Commercial Luger. These 1908 models were the first true standard production military and commercial Lugers that were used throughout WWI and WWII. These early commercial Lugers were produced from 1908-1913. The 1908 model can be distinguished from the later models based on two notable features: 1) They were usually made without a hold-open device, and 2) they are not fitted with a stock attachment lug on the rear of the frame. The chamber area is blank, and the front toggle has the DWM logo. The right side of the barrel extension is blank, and it has the standard commercial "crown/N" proof on the underside of the barrel, the left side of the barrel extension, and again on the left side of the breechblock and toggle. It has the commercial serial number stamping with the full five digit serial number stamped of the front of the frame and underside of the barrel and the last two digits discretely stamped on the various smaller parts, intended to hide the serial numbers. These early commercial Lugers exhibit a high polish, rust blued finish with straw colored smaller parts and checkered walnut grips. It is fitted with a standard early commercial magazine with a nickel plated magazine body with wooden base that is stamped "GERMANY", and has a carved "I." Also includes an extra nickel plated magazine body with wooden base. Provenance: The Mel Raucher Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 95% of the original blue finish overall with some minor edge and high spot wear with minor spotting/staining on the grip straps. The smaller parts retain 60% of their original straw colors overall with minor finish loss on the trigger. The grips are very fine with nice, distinct checkering overall and only minor wear across the tops of the checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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