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I think the property marking on the grip strap of this Luger in my collection is from Hannover. The Westfalen and Braunschweig prancing horses have upright tails. I know this from my belt buckle collection. Any comments? The gun is matched down to the grips, but not the mag.

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Is the marking "1920" with the horse on the grip strap? If so I'd like to see a photo of the grip strap.
 

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The top photo of the "prancing horse 1920" is of the grip strap on the gun. I thought it was some sort of property marking from the town that received the pistol after WWI, is this correct?

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Mark, my answer is pure speculation so keep that in mind. The horse is an exact rendering of the metal collar device worn by members of the Zeitfreiwilligen Regiment Hannover. This was a Freikorps unit formed in Hannover during the postwar revolutionary period. The term "zeitfrewillige" means that the members were recruited for the duration of a particular crisis i.e. the Spartacist revolt in 1919.

The "1920" next to the horse might be some attempt on the part of the Freikorps leadership to give a "nod" of respect to the legitimate authorities.

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Mark, here's one that would make a neat partner for your LP08.


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Thanks for posting this marking. I was looking at a all matching 1920 marked 1915 DWM at the National Gun DAy Show a couple of weeks ago that had the same proof mark on the side of the reciever. It was a Police gun, all matching. I didn't buy it because I didn't know what the horse was....

thanks again!!

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Thanks for posting this marking. I was looking at a all matching 1920 marked 1915 DWM at the National Gun DAy Show a couple of weeks ago that had the same proof mark on the side of the reciever. It was a Police gun, all matching. I didn't buy it because I didn't know what the horse was....

thanks again!!

jeff
 
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