Hey Guys: I have #7189. Any chance that falls in the range, or is it just a later commercial?
6100 to 7500 sent in 2 orders should have no export stamp ,no germany ,no stock lug 1000 to US ,, 400 , orders ??Mark,
My opinion (for what that is worth ) is that there is a very real likelihood that your #7189 is a Test Trials piece. The Trials guns were delivered in two lots, the first was 900 guns and the second was 100. There is no known record of any of the serial numbers. I have a theory (probably wild, but please indulge me) that the last batch serial numbers were #7001 to #7200. There are a couple of things that lead me that direction:
1. All of the Test Lugers #7100 and below had the takedown lever marked with the last two digits of the serial number on the right round end. The observed 1900 American Eagle Luger series with Test Trial characteristics above #7100 have the two digits marked on the left side flat of the lever, a marking convention that was not repeated until the German Army adoption of the Luger in 1908.
2. It is obvious that the Test Luger serial numbers went beyond 7100 as two of the guns in the Bannerman purchase were #7104 and #7147, both of which are surviving and reported pieces. Reported to date are 29 examples ranging in serial numbers from #7104 to #7189, yours being the highest reported. Only the two Bannerman guns can be verified as Trial pieces, but the possibility is open that my wild theory might be OK.
So, Mark, I think your Luger is worth hanging on to. I believe it is certainly more than just a later commercial.