Just a follow up on this discussion. I just read in Fred Datig's "Soviet Russian Tokarev TT Pistols", page 45, that there was a tradition of presenting nickel TT pistols to persons for wartime bravery. Some had the grip star painted red. I would think they are very rare and easy to fake. Buyer beware!
I'm probably the dealer, since I had two such nickel-plated Tokarev pistols - that have been sold. I didn't say they were originally nickel-plated, since I'm confident they were plated later. Fred Datig is probably correct that some were awarded to soldiers in the field. A prominent Finnish collector has reported that a number of these were captured during the Winter War and the Continuation War and are currently in Finnish collections. In any case, it's an interesting variation - as long as the prices don't get crazy......
Thanks for posting that info on the TTs. Many pistols that were brought home after the war were plated. Even in that condition they are very interesting pieces of history! I enjoy visiting your site often.
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