253. Excellent Unmarked Engraved and Carved German Magazine Sporting Rifle

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serial #7196, 8mm Mauser, 24" barrel with a bright, about excellent bore which shows strong rifling but some very sparse, very light frosting in the grooves. This is really a rather fancy and nicely embellished rifle, strangely unmarked. The metal surfaces retain about 95% excellent quality German rust blue finish, the floorplate French gray or perhaps worn to pewter. The rifle shows excellent quality loose open flowing scroll on both receiver rings with a bit of embellishment on the chamber area of the barrel. The bottom metal shows similar Germanic engraving with the same background punch-dot accenting on the triggerguard and front extension while the floorplate shows an excellent quality game scene vignette of a chamois amidst a mountain scene. The rifle is stocked classic style in European walnut with a graceful schnabel tip and a capped pistolgrip and grooved hard rubber butt, both with white line spacers, likely betraying the time-period of manufacture. The stock itself rates excellent with nearly all its original varnish and only a very light handling mark or two, it is stunningly embellished near over all with precisely carved game scene vignettes with generous loose flowing Germanic foliate scroll with background punch-dot accenting. The right side of the butt shows a bellowing stag, while mid-stock we see a cock auerhahn perched treetop amidst his mating ritual. The left side of the stock is just as wonderful with a roe deer near the butt, amidst a woodland scene, with a running European boar on the rounded shadowline cheekpiece. Mid-stock we see a stalking red fox amidst the same woodland backdrop. There are flawlessly executed checkered panels at the grip and forend with nice mullered borders and accenting foliate panels. The rifle is sighted with a silver bead front atop a matted engraved sporting ramp, with a two-leaf rear, one folding one standing, and a 1" base-ring set has been professionally added to the left side of the receiver. The bolt handle has been neatly swept for scope clearance, its knob sculpted and knurled with some light engraving at the root of the bolt handle, the safety as well has been lightly sculpted for scope clearance. The attachment of the base necessitated a slight relief of the left side of the stock which has impinged only slightly upon the game scene vignette of the fox, it is unobtrusive. Inside the barrel channel is the serial number of the gun in pencil as well as the number "49", perhaps its year of construction post-war in Germany [the very beginning of the time period of white line spacers and later (gasp) plastic-diamond inlays]. Really an absolutely lovely arm in a very classic style, the carving absolutely superb. (38071-7) {C&R} (2500/4000) SOLD FOR $3,450.00

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