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This is a recent purchase from a west coast dealer on Guns America.

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The near mint holster was built by SATTLER ???? in Oldenburg ??? in 1916. The reason for the question marks is that the stamp is so deep that I have trouble reading it.

The pistol is nothing special; an all matching 1916 Erfurt. It has typical poor wartime Erfurt bluing with alot of bluing gone from the bolt. It was part of a large gun collection of a family whose Opa had emigrated to the States from Germany in 1920.

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The grips and mags are crisp and clean and reveal no oil absorbtion over the years.

The tool is an original unmarked Imperial tool.

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The serial number is 400e.

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Both magazines are original to the pistol and in super condition.

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I feel like it was a good deal. I paid $1850 plus shipping. And the seller included four 16 round boxes of original ammo dated 1917 and 1918.
 

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The holster was in super condition but dry. What you see is the result of one light treatment with Hide Food.
 

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Ron, try autogeek.com . It's great stuff and used to be sold by Rolls, Bentley and Jag dealers exclusively.
 

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James, no crown, only the maker and BA XI inked inside the lid. It seems to me that the crown over Roman numeral stamps are most often found on 1918 holsters. Of course this is probably due to the realities of the odds of survival of men and equipment in war.
 

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re the bavarian crowns. You are of course correct, checked two of my 1918 holster's and both have the crown,first one crown over roman numeral III B.A X. I ink stamp 1918 Schwarzenberger,& co. Nurnberg, the other crown over roman numeral I KernKlager&Cie 1918 Neu-Ulm B.A.X. I ink stamped. Thankyou for the clarification.
 

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Thank you Klaus. This is one of the few late period holsters that I have kept. You and I need to get together and drink a few beers one day. Your knowledge of early Parabellum material is very impressive.
 

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Yesterday it was a little bit stormy sitting here in front of the computer and seeing all the nice items you collect from old Germany. I quiet me dowm with some ( too much ) malt whisky. It would be nice to have a drink with you!
 
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