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The extremes of the Bannerman auction extend over only 980 numbers. Until documentation is uncovered which reveals more than 20 pistols under 6167 and/or over 7147 (in some combination which encompasses more than 1000 numbers) preemenance must be given to the speculation that the Test Eagle numbers are consecutive.

I know that I have knowledgable collector friends here who do not agree.

--Dwight
 

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All of the reported Old Model pistols between approximately sn 5978 and sn 8000 are American Eagles without the GERMANY export mark. The reason for this is an enduring mystery as no satisfactory explanation has been forthcoming.

SPECULATION (because he does not actually make it explicit) Meadows accepts the absence of the GERMANY mark as prima facie evidence of a U.S. Test pistol. Further SPECULATION that his list on p.387 consists of all the reported pistols without the GERMANY stamp available to him in 1993. Meadows is not a Luger specialist, and much more is understood about Lugers now than in 1993 (e.g., the extent and nature of the non-GERMANY pistols, etc.).

The U.S. Test pistols were, in fact, delivered to the New York arsenal in two shipments: 800 pistols on Oct. 26, and 200 pistols on October 29, 1901. Contemporary correspondence concerning the shipments makes it clear that these were dedicated batches in larger shipments which were indeed destined for commercial sale.

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This mark is a standard, and well known, DWM internal inspector's mark. It is found in commercial Parabellums from the beginning of production into the 22000 serial range, as well as in Swiss military production (Sturgess). It is also found in army P08s and navy P04s through 1909 (ibid). Sturgess asserts that this is a DWM trade mark (red edition, p.226).

The mark itself is completely different from the U.S. Ordinance flaming bomb.

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