92. German LP.08 Artillery Luger Pistol by DWM From Admiral Tully Shelley Collection

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serial #4581b, 9mm, 8" barrel with an oxidized bore showing rifling throughout. The metal surfaces of this 1917-dated pistol retain about 90% arsenal blue with high edge wear, small spots of light pitting scattered about, freckling and handling marks. The small parts retain strong straw color along with some light silvering and scattered freckling. The grip screws and breechblock pin still retain some faint fire blue while the remaining color on the sear spring and magazine catch spring are quite vibrant. The un-numbered checkered walnut grips remain in about very good plus condition with worn points overall, a few tiny chips, shallow dents and the right panel a little loose. The pistol is equipped with adjustable front and rear sights and the tangent sight is numbered to gun 2081. All of the remaining serialized parts are matching including the un-grooved firing pin. One bright-bodied wood base magazine in very good plus condition is included. There is a small chip at the top right edge of the base and the magazine is numbered to gun 1448. A number of accessories accompany this pistol including an original leather flap holster, cleaning rod, loading tool and reproduction board shoulder stock with leather trappings. The original holster is in about good overall condition with a visible "MUHLENFELD & CO / BARMEN / 1914" stamp on the inside flap; there is moderate cracking, crazing, scuffs and a small tear at the corner of the flap but the leather is still rather supple. The loading tool is unmarked and toned to gray and the cleaning rod is in very good condition toning to smooth gray with remnants of some old blue finish. The reproduction stock appears to be built around original attachment hardware serial #6286f and remains in very good condition with a few scratches, handling marks and some moderate red staining from the leather dye. The stock still fits the pistol very well. Included with the arm, is a set of correspondence (letters) from Mr. Howard to Admiral Shelley, asking if he would sell him his collection, and replies from the Admiral to the affirmative. While not mentioned in the correspondence specifically, a handwriten draft from Mr. Howard mentions two lugers, a 32 Nauser Pocket Auto, a 9mm Browning Auto, a 32 P37 pocket auto and a P38 auto. There is a collection inventory card with this pistol that notes it was purchased from the collection of Admiral Shelley who evidently acquired a number of captured and surrendered weapons during his service. One return letter from the Admiral states:"....these were taken from dead Germans by me personally and by members of my intelligence team". This is an excellent artillery Luger rig. (138569-30) {C&R} [Calhoun L.H. Howard Collection] (2500/3500) SOLD FOR $2,645.00

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