Ed, what do you think of this example, mainly the proof on the top of the breech block by the SN? Deactivated OLD SPEC WWI Imperial German Army Dreyse 1907 Pistol - Axis Deactivated Guns - Deactivated GunsInteresting. I can't make this proof out
"C"? but it has that verticle bar. Then there is this
What makes me think "Persian"? Am I crazy?
Just as an aside ... if a company had the tooling and jigs and trained machinists to make a particular thing, and if that thing was selling, it seems to me that it would be malfeasance to stop production "just because". I could see manufacture trailing off for a good long time. That is to say, it would not surprise me terribly.Roy, this is my opinion, but I believe that at the time of the Neue Modells introduction, 1907s were still being produced. Think about it from an economic standpoint, why kill off a model that has done well in the past and is respected before the amount of success of your new model has been shown? Supposedly the Neue Modell was produced from 1922-1927. We know for a fact that 230XXX was produced in 1921/2. How do we explain the remaining 20,000 examples then if production ended with the introduction of the Neue Modell? We can't. Now, the end year of production is a hypothesis, and may be debatable. I would say that it is likely that the 1907 was produced, or at least assembled from parts for the entire duration of the Neue Modell's life, meaning that production would have been until at least 1927. I do want to emphasize the word assembled, as within the last 5000 or so produced, there seem to be some anomalies that may stem from assembly of complete pistols from previously rejected parts (upper frame legend stamping errors). Until we find more concrete evidence for the end of production time for the 1907, it will be difficult to come to a solid conclusion.
That is an excellent piece! Does it have any other police markings besides the 1920 stamp? I am curious as if it has no other markings, then it may indicate that the Weimar government bought some 1907s new. I would say that it is fair to estimate that your example was produced around 1920-1921.