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I recently acquired this holster. It may appear black in the photos, but is actually a chocolate brown. It is marked on the backside with what appears to be a "D" in a sunburst, the maker "Gustav Reinhardt Berlin," and "1933." There is also what I believe to be a unit marking "S.B.3768." I could not find a WaA on it. Is it Weimar or Third Reich, or the grey area in between? I would appreciate any information that anyone might share as to the history of this piece.

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Chuck


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Why do people have to scratch initials in their stuff? I guess I could look at it as part of the history of the piece! Maybe the vet's initials who brought it back?

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Chuck,
* Weimar Prussian Police. However, with Hitler as Chancellor & Goering as head of the Prussian Police in 1933, the influence of the Early Nazi era was rapidly escalating.
* Sunburst is a police acceptance marking. Unfortunately, no documentation to tie the "D" to a specific location or Police Inspector has surfaced.
* S.B.3768: Schutzpolizei-Berlin, #3768. This the Municipal Police of the Berlin Administrative district.
* Upstrap is classic Police style.
 

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I am hoping Bob knows of further english titles on Weimar era police books. Jan's books have examples, specifically "Weimar Lugers", Benders book has a few, but he seems to have mostly WW2 era holsters, Whittington has a little information, but no one that I know has just Weimar holsters. I guess if everyone who has one sends me pictures (lots and good ones) and then complete descriptions, I can write a book on it ~~grin~~

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Chuck,
* About the only part of "very knowledgeable" I might be associated with is the "able" part relative to this one example. My info came from Jan Still's Weimar Lugers as pointed out by Ed.

Ed,
* No joy as to further English titles on Weimar era Police Books. Unfortunately, this period always seems to be a footnote to one of the "Great Wars" in the books I read.
* I might suggest you contact Joe Wotka, among others, through Jan or Tom Knox(AutoMag). Joe has spent a lifetime exploring the archives of German Police references relative to collectable firearms. I'm sure he would be a valuable source for the titles you desire.
* I'm all for your book as I'm sure it would be a good'un. I'll pop for a picture of my DWM Alpha S/N 3039q Weimar Police w/ matching #'d PT when the time is right. Grip Strap marked S.Ar.I.837. Then I can tell you the "story" of how the previous owner "lost" the (maybe) matching mag at a Dallas gun show when trying to sell this rig. Day before I met him. I've been told crying doesn't count. Anyway, let me know before all the ink is dry ^^grin^^.
 

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As I looked over the holster photos, I noticed the initials & US Army soldier's service number scratched into the top flap. From the number present, we can discern that the WW2 era veteran who at one time owned this rig was an enlisted man, who was originally drafted from either Delaware, New York or New Jersey. It may be a real long shot, but I'd toy around with the idea of trying to find out who the guy was, and if he's still with us. Just my two cents. Best regards, Dom Pastore Jr.
 
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