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Lot 430: Tokyo Gas and Electric Baby Nambu Pistol with Extra Mag, Medal

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Scarce Japanese Tokyo Gas and Electric "Papa" Nambu Semi-Automatic Pistol with Extra Magazine and Medal

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

Scarce Japanese Tokyo Gas and Electric "Papa" Nambu Semi-Automatic Pistol with Extra Magazine and Medal

Manufacturer: Japanese
Model: Grand Papa Nambu
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 8 mm Nambu
Barrel: 4 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Stock:
Item Views: 462
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 340
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Forerunner of the Type 14 Nambu that would be the standard Japanese sidearm of World War Two, the Grandpa Nambu was produced in relatively limited quantities before the Papa Nambu was introduced. Blade front and tangent rear sights, with the "GTE" Tokyo Gas & Electric mark on the chamber, 3-symbol nomenclature on the right side, straw finished small parts, smooth back strap, and nickel finished magazine with alloy base, and an extra magazine. Mixed numbers are present on the firing pin spring guide and both magazines, otherwise all visible numbers are matching. Also included with the group is the Russo-Japanese War variant of the Japanese Medal of Honor.

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 70% of the original blue finish, showing mild pitting on the grip straps and light spotting elsewhere, along with mild edge wear and handling marks. The small parts retain about 40% of the original straw color, with a mixed gray patina on the remainder. The grips are also fine, with some dings and flat spots on the otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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