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Lot 1383: Three Digit Serial Number DWM Model 1900 Swiss Contract Luger

Desirable Extremely Early Three Digit Serial Number DWM Model 1900 Swiss Contract Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with Rare Unrelieved Frame and Accessories

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1383: Three Digit Serial Number DWM Model 1900 Swiss Contract Luger

Desirable Extremely Early Three Digit Serial Number DWM Model 1900 Swiss Contract Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with Rare Unrelieved Frame and Accessories

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,000
Price Realized:

Desirable Extremely Early Three Digit Serial Number DWM Model 1900 Swiss Contract Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with Rare Unrelieved Frame and Accessories

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: 1900
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.65 mm Luger Auto
Barrel: 4 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Stock:
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 289
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured early in DWM's first contract run for Switzerland, this Model 1900 Swiss Luger shows a number of early features. Blade front and notch rear sights, with the fast taper profile barrel, "cross in sunburst" on the chamber, and "DWM" marked front toggle link. The barrel is marked with a conjoined "BP" and "172,23" internal diameter markings, with a set of "crown/letter" proofs (B, U, and G) on the barrel, extension and toggle assembly. Early features include a recessed breechblock, long and thin checkered safety lever, thin trigger and grip safety, and a frame interior that hasn't been relieved for the later style thicker button on the magazine. Originally configured for use with the earliest pattern leaf mainspring, this pistol has been arsenal converted to use the more robust coil mainspring. The timing of this upgrade is uncertain, but likely would have been very early to not have also received the relief cutting on the interior for the later pattern magazines Matching numbers are present on multiple components, including the grips, with the interior cleanly altered to accommodate the block added to the frame for the coil spring conversion. Two magazines are included, both with unnumbered hardwood bases, nickel finished bodies, and checkered flat follower buttons. Also included is a custom hardwood transport case, a loose leaf mainspring assembly, and a leather belt pouch marked "GOTTL. LUTHY/09/OB.ENDINGEN" on the rear, which contains cleaning materials. A number of periodicals (Gun Report, Guns & Ammo, Man at Arms) are included, featuring articles on early Luger development in general and the 1900 Swiss in particular, as well as an excerpt from the 12 March 2017 edition of Auto Mag magazine with an article by Klaus & Karl Meyer about this specific 1900 Swiss Luger. Also included is a walnut stand. Provenance: The Klaus Meyer Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine as arsenal refinished, with 85% plus blue finish, showing bright edge wear, a few areas of thinning blue, and mild handling marks overall. 70% of the bright straw color is present on the small parts, with 50% of the niter blue. The grips are also fine, with a small chip in the left grip panel next to the safety lever and some mild dents. The accessories are good. Mechanically excellent.



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