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This is all matching and original finish, I would say around 90% - 95%. Mirror bore. One bad thing. I had to replace the take down lever with a WWII one (although I took the time to find a matching #'d one). I still have the original one, but the handle part is broken off (and I still have both pieces). I also have the holster and loading/takedown tool.

Long story short, my Grandfather was a captain in Company C of the 111th (Pa national guard, also know as the Bloody Bucket Brigade). During the battle of the Argonne, he got into hand-to-hand combat with a German officer (not sure of the rank). Well, Grandad won, and killed the officer. The story (as told by my grandad) goes on that he felt badly about killing the German. He said it was very different when you were shooting 100's of yards at a target that did not really have a face, vs. hand-to-hand combat with a human being up close.

Anyway, he took the time to gather the officer's personal belongings, and sent them with a letter explaining what happened to the dead officer's family (the officer had a couple of letter's in his coat pocket). Grandad talked about how he was worried when he was gathering the dead officer's personal effects that he would be accused of "looting" the dead.

Grandad did, however, collect the officer's luger and holster. He also found an American's pocket watch on the officer, which I also have. There is a stain on the top flap of the holster, that I believe to be a blood stain, probably from the fight between the officer and my grandad. I will never know for sure.

One thing, however, the Pistol and holster (brown) are basically un-altered, and are as my grandad brought them home from France (not counting the takedown lever.)

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Ed, you may certainly use the pics and the story. I can also email pics of the holster and pocketwatch if you want.

Dwight, I have thought about it, but I am not sure how it would be repaired. The break goes neatly through the "43" of the serial number, and could possibly ruin the stamping. I am also wary of the heat produced from a weld job or solder job could possibly alter the start color of the piece.

Thanks, btw for the nice comments.

Ed, one last thing, you can email me directly for more info if you want [email protected]

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Thomas,
* Very nice WW1 DWM. Your original Rig w/ direct family significance is an envy.
* May be talking out of place; but, I'd bet Thor could repair it & you'd have a hard time even detecting the fix.
* IMHO, the original straw lever completes this pistol far better than the WW2 blued, period incorrect lever; even though the numbers may be the same.
* Please don't take offense; just my $0.02 FWIW after seeing some of Thor's restoration magic.
 
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Well, there are two ways I have considered this: 1.) take the blueing off the WWII piece, and do the heat process to get it to straw color. 2.) Send the broken takedown to an expert welder Jewler, and have them attempt a repair. I am not opposed to doing either, just haven't had the time to explore the options. Maybe now is the time to do that. I 'll try to post pictures of the two pieces of the take down lever to give you guys a better idea.

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quote:Originally posted by mrhainey

Well, there are two ways I have considered this: 1.) take the blueing off the WWII piece, and do the heat process to get it to straw color. 2.) Send the broken takedown to an expert welder Jewler, and have them attempt a repair. I am not opposed to doing either, just haven't had the time to explore the options. Maybe now is the time to do that. I 'll try to post pictures of the two pieces of the take down lever to give you guys a better idea.

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I strongly sugest that you get in touch with THOR. Ask him to look it over and see what he thinks is do-able. His work is top notch.
 
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What a beautiful, toching story, mrhainey! It really must be very special, to have such an itom from your grand dad, and knowing, what has happenend with it! Here in The Netherlands we have a very difficult law for the posessing, and collecting firearms. I am personally busy now, getting a Luger DWM, with also a story coming with it...
 
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