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   LOT 508
Documented DWM Model 1920/23 American Eagle
Commercial Navy Pattern Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with A.
F. Stoeger Markings and 1939 Vintage Stoeger Catalog, as Seen in “The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols” - Serial no.
1028u, 7.65 mm Luger Auto cal., 5 7/8 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut grips. Produced expressly for commercial export to
the United States of America, with the sporting goods firm of A.F. Stoeger of New York City being a primary importer, offering both
standard configuration commercial Lugers and emulations of variants
like the Artillery Luger. This example has been configured after the Navy Luger, with the longer barrel, fi
addition to the prominent “American Eagle” chamber stamp and the “DWM” monogrammed front toggle right side of the extension is marked “A.F. STOEGER, INC/NEW YORK.”, and the left side “GERMANY”. The
extractor and upper safety position are marked “LOADED” and “SAFE”, “GERMANY” is repeated on the frame just ahead of the trigger guard, and a modern importer mark from Simpson Limited is present on the
      xed front sight and two position rear sight. In link, the
left side of the magazine well. One “crown/N” proof is externally visible on the left side of the front toggle link, with matching
“commercial” pattern serial numbers on the frame, takedown lever, sideplate, and trigger. Straw and nitre blue finished small
parts, with a pair of checkered grips and a nickel finished magazine with an unmarked hardwood base with concentric circle
designs on the sides. Included with the lot is a copy of Stoeger’s 1939 “Jubilee Issue” arms and accessories catalog, which includes a
prominent listing of their imported new and refurbished Luger pistols, as well as their access to factory original hardware for installing
upgraded and special order barrels. This pistol was formerly the property of noted collector and author Dr. Geoffrey L. Sturgess, and is featured on pages 759, 760, and 897 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Gortz and Sturgess.
CONDITION: Excellent, with 97% plus original blue finish, showing some light edge wear, handling marks, and a small amount of spotting. The niter blue and straw yellow color remain 90% intact, with some wear on the grip screws. The grips are excellent, with some minor dings on the otherwise crisp checkering. The catalog is in good condition for its age, with some creasing/cracking of the cover and some folds and stains on the pages; the relevant section of the catalog is clear and legible. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Dr. Geoffrey L. Sturgess Collection; Propeerty of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 9,000 - 14,000
LOT 509
Exceptional DWM Model 1923 Commercial “Stoeger American Eagle” Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol - Serial no. 1105, 7.65 mm Luger Auto cal., 3 7/8 inch round bbl., blue/straw finish, walnut grips. An excellent example of a DWM Model 1923 “American Eagle”
Commercial Luger with the very desirable A.F. Stoeger markings. Unlike many early Weimar-era Commercial Lugers to hit the American market, which were made from left-over military components or entirely refurbished
military surplus handguns, the Model 1923 Stoeger pistols were made factory fresh by DWM (and later Mauser) specifically for the A.F. Stoeger Arms Company of New York, a noted early importer of European firearms in the 1900s. Although it is estimated that over 1,000 of this model were manufactured, in reality, they are very scarce and difficult to find today. Features fixed serrated bade front and
notch rear sights, with a series of “crown/N” proofs on the barrel and extension, “DWM” marked front toggle link, and “GERMANY” marked
on the front of the frame, with an additional “GERMANY” mark on the right side of the extens YORK” address. The extractor and upper safety position have the “GELADEN”
and “SAFE” markings. It also has matching external numbers, straw finished small parts, niter blue pins and springs, checkered grips and a nickel-finished magazine with an unnumbered wood base marked “GERMANY.” CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 97% plus original blue finish with a few light handling marks overall and crisp grip checkering. 85% of the original straw finish retained with light thinning and spotting on the controls. Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 4,500 - 6,500
ion ahead of the “A.F. STOEGER INC/NEW

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