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Lot 317: Rare DWM 1900 Long Barrel Prototype Luger Pistol with Stock

Important and Extremely Rare DWM 1900 Long Barrel Prototype Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol and Rig with Rare Matching Push Button Stock

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 317: Rare DWM 1900 Long Barrel Prototype Luger Pistol with Stock

Important and Extremely Rare DWM 1900 Long Barrel Prototype Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol and Rig with Rare Matching Push Button Stock

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Estimated Price: $45,000 - $65,000

Important and Extremely Rare DWM 1900 Long Barrel Prototype Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol and Rig with Rare Matching Push Button Stock

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: 1900
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.65 mm Luger Auto
Barrel: 6 7/8 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Catalog Page: 227
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is an extremely rare, all original, DWM "Prototype" model 1900 Luger pistol made with a special 6 7/8 inch, rapid taper barrel and matching prototype, "push-button" shoulder stock. All of these early prototype Lugers were made in unique and individual configurations. This pistol is considered to be a "Group C" carbine, numbered with a special, five-digit type serial number in the 10000-10050 range, with this specific example numbered "10034". These pistols are believed to have possibly been intended for Chilean trials, termed the "second trials model" according to page 185 of the book "Pistole Parabellum" by Sturgess in which another example is pictured. The prototype pistol barrel is 6 7/8 inch (175mm) long with the fast taper configuration that is stamped with the "Crown/B, U, and G" proofmarks with the full serial number along with "172.28" indicating the bore diameter and the "Crown/B and U" proofs on receiver, breechblock and front toggle link. The other rare/unique aspect of this prototype pistol is that the heel or lower back strap area has been machined for a stock lug (which had not been made before this time) and the pistol has been fitted with an even rarer matching numbered "push button/prototype" attaching stock iron and original flat board style, shoulder stock. This "push-button" prototype stock iron, was the original design, developed by George Luger and was discarded in favor of the simpler locking lever type mechanism. It is estimated that not more than 4-5 of these push-button prototype stocks and attaching irons were ever manufactured, certainly making it as rare as the pistol itself. The pistol itself has the early style dished toggles with toggle lock on the right side, and early flat/recessed breech bolt. The frame has the correct pattern, polished lower safety area with the second type thumb safety that has the short domed checkered pad. The pistol is correctly fitted with the narrow trigger. This beautiful prototype Luger is fitted with matching numbered full checkered wood grips. This outstanding rig is complete with a very early, correct style, black leather holster with shoulder strap and original cleaning rod with oiler along with an original leather double magazine pouch and three original unnumbered tin plate early magazines. It has been noted that this rare prototype Luger rig originally came out of Chile in 1990 and is accompanied by a copy of a certificate from the "Banco De Pruebas De Chile" marked with an intertwined "B/P" proof inside a shield. This exceptionally rare Luger is also marked with that same intertwined "BP" inside a shield proof.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 98% plus original blue finish and 90% plus of the original straw color on the small components. All of the numbers match (including the attaching iron as noted above) with all three of the wood base magazines, along with the hold open device and firing pin, properly un-numbered. The grips are also excellent with only a couple of chipped diamonds, extremely minor light wear, sharp checkering and an attractive wood grain showing throughout. The magazines are all excellent with light wear. The stock is also excellent with only light handling and storage marks on the sides and 85% of the blue finish on the attaching iron itself. The holster is sound with light flaking and shows little wear with a crackled surface. The straps have 2 repairs, but otherwise are consistent with the holster. Cleaning rod/oiler are excellent. Mechanically excellent. This extremely rare DWM prototype Model 1900 Luger pistol/shoulder stock rig are museum quality and suitable for even the most discerning and advanced collection.



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