Premier Fine Art & Antiques Auction
August 29, 2023
Below is just a small portion of the massive selection of high quality art & antiques to be featured in our upcoming August 29th 2023 auction! This auction will span multiple genres of collectibles, including Fine Paintings & Art, Jewelry & Silver, Orientalia, Rare Glass & Lamps, Early & Victorian Furniture, Decoys, Carvings, Coin-Op, & MORE!
MAUSER C96 FLATSIDE, GERMAN TEST CONTRACT, STOEGER EXPORT.
In late 1901 the German War Ministry purchased just over 200 Lg. ring flatside pistols that were serial numbered from approx “170” to “425” & marked w/ a German acceptance on the right side of the bbl. extension. This is one of those exceedingly rare pistols, this one having a 5.5″ bbl, a fixed front sight & a slip in rear sight graduated for 50 to 500. Long extractor, single lug firing pin, 1st variation safety, lg. ring hammer. Top of chamber w/ usual Mauser address. S# “289” on left chamber flat. German acceptance “:” crown/ cryptic “S” on right side of bbl. extension. After testing, the surplus gun was sold by Mauser to Stoeger, marked w/ a “Mauser” banner on the left side of the frame, engraved w/ the Stoeger address on the right side of the frame, & replaced the serrated wood grips w/ hard rubber panels having the intertwined “MW” logo. Lanyard ring present. Major components rust blued. Sm. parts fire blued or strawed. Bolt, hammer & sub frame in the white. Disassembly shows all matching parts including the firing pin & each of the grips w/ “289” on the inner surface.
A great gun w/ a fascinating history that involves German military testing and the charismatic Stoeger markings, perfect for the most advanced collector.