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Lot 431: Nagoya Type 14 Nambu with Flying Tiger Attribution

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

World War II Japanese Military Nagoya Arsenal Type 14 Nambu Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster, Attributed as an American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) War Trophy

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,250

World War II Japanese Military Nagoya Arsenal Type 14 Nambu Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster, Attributed as an American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) War Trophy

Manufacturer: Nagoya
Model: Type 14
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 8 mm Nambu Auto
Barrel: 4 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 340
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Blade front and notch rear sights, with the "7,6" Showa date (June 1932) on the right side, straw finished small parts, and ribbed grips. Fixed sights, with a full blue finish, knurled cocking knob, ribbed grip and nickel alloy base finished magazine. Matching numbers are present on many components, including the firing pin, trigger guard, magazine and the grip panels. Includes a brown leather clamshell holster and a photocopy of a letter from a Wilford "Willie" Jenkins, who identifies himself as a member of the Flying Tigers and this pistol by serial number as his personal property. Per Jenkins' narrative, this pistol was recovered from a Japanese trooper who attempted an attack on their airfield and managed to damage a few aircraft before being gunned down; Jenkins was given credit for the kill shot, and took the pistol and holster as a trophy. The claims of Jenkins' narrative have not been verified, nor his status as a Flying Tiger.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 95% of the original blue finish, showing some light handling marks and scattered mild spotting. About 75% of the bright original straw color is present on the small parts. The grips are very fine, with mild dents and scuffs, and the holster shows mild cracking and scuffing. Mechanically excellent.



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