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Really nice rig! My quick assessment, so maybe some mistakes, the pistol, rod, stock and trommel are very nice and correct. The holsters is also nice but has has some restoration but looks pretty good. The tool with eagle is bad, didn’t look at the other one. The magazine is from an Erfurt but that’s okay.
the 1917 LP08s have long been at the bottom of the LP08 pecking order due to the quantity made and also the relative number in the US compared to other dates. This is a little unfortunate IMO because as of the last 10 years or so we know with primary source information that most all LP08s went to arm the Sturmtruppen and this documented combat use or at least issue to this purpose adds a real historical context to this years production that somewhat offsets the higher production, IMO. Yours is even better with the relatively scarce unit mark that further proves the assault element designation of the weapon. The 254th regiment was part of the 76 reserve infantry division and that unit faced US doughboys in several large actions in the later summer and autumn of 1918. No doubt (to me) then results of one of those encounters is how the pistol and stock ended up here! Not often can a weapon tell much of its story like this one.
 

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I love seeing unit marked lugers as that is one of my main collecting interest. That’s a nice solid example of one. I would say value is around 7k-8k for everything …..
For what it’s worth I agree with your value estimate. I think that these unit marked LP08s are really under valued right now and think in time the appreciation will be reflected by higher values still.
 
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