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It would be appreciated if anyone could advise me on the background of the holster described below.

When purchased, the holster contained, and still does, a 1917 DWM Artillery Luger serial number 6999h. The holster is very dark brown, not quite black, contains a barrel head style cleaning rod and a dismantling tool. The dismantling tool is stamped with a stylised numeral 3 under a four segment crown – this mark lies on its side and is followed by the numeral one, a full stop then twenty three and a full stop i.e. (1.23.).

The holster came without shoulder stock or attachments. It has facility for a shoulder strap - there are no belt loops.

The flap closing device is a strap sewn on the front of the holster and a buckle and strap sewn onto the flap. The buckle strap has pin holes as well as a hole for stud retention but the stud has been removed. Inside the holster flap, the following is stamped:-

Hermann Thieme
Magdeb--g
1917.

I assume the two obliterated letters are “ur” i.e. from Magdeburg. The numerals 17 are partially covered by the buckle strap stitching which appears to be a later addition. In “Luger” by John Walter (1977) p158 I have noted a leather maker Franz H. Thieme Lederfabrik Magdeburg, which may the same firm or family member.
 

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Richard,

I am sure folks will arrive that know far me than me on artillery's. Can you take digital pictures or scan the holster and pistol for us?
 

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Richard, it sounds like you have a standard LP08 holster that was converted afterwards to serve without a stock. Your observations on the buckle and strap being later additions are correct.
 
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Ed & George,
Thanks for replies.

At present my digital camera is not working so was unable to send photos as suggested by Ed but planned to borrow one this weekend.

Bearing in mind George's reply, Ed - do you think it will be worth while sending photos?
Regards,
Richard
 

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Richard, by all means, send your photos. And, by the way, send more...tell us about the whole rig. I assume that you are an Australian serving in Afgan...is the gun there ? Or is it back home?
 
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George,
Apologies for slow response. Photos of the holster are attached.

In regards, to the Afghanistan address - it was one of those seniors moments and was a mistake on my behalf. I must of inadvertently clicked it instead of Australia. I guess this is what happens when you retire. Some days ago I noticed my mistake and have sent an email to have it corrected. I am Australian living in Sydney.


I did not take photos of the pistol - I used a borrowed camera and returned it before seeing your response. The Pistol is an Artillery DWM 1917 s/n 6999h in reasonable condition with some wearing of the blueing as described in my first posting.

If you would like to see photos of pistol I can arrange to borrow camera again.

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