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 LOT 3550
Exceptional Walther Party Leader PPK Semi-Automatic Pistol with
Very Scarce “RZM” Stamped Brown Leather Holster - Serial
no. 218257K, 7.65 mm auto cal., 3 1/4 inch round bbl., blue finish, brown plastic
checkered grips. This is an excellent example of an all original, pre-war Walther model PPK “Party Leader” pistol with
the highly desirable and rare Political Party Leader grips. These PPKs when fitted with the ultra rare Party Leader grips were officially
known as the “Honor Weapon of the Political Leaders”, as they were only presented to high ranking officers of the NSDAP for meritorious
service to the party. The grips themselves are a one-piece wraparound grip consisting of a mottled-brown plastic material that has the distinctive large eagle clutching a swastika
encircled by a wreath at the top on both sides. The left side of the slide is marked with the Walther Banner followed by the factory legend and caliber in two lines and the designation “Mod. PPK.” The pistol
itself is a pre-war commercial model with the “Crown/N” proofmarks, stamped on the right side of the slide below the ejection port and on the right side of the barrel at the muzzle and in the chamber area. The
pistol falls right into a known serial number range (217000K-220000K) for these pistols. Refer to page 259
in the Jan Still book “Axis Pistols”. The pistol has a 60 degree safety lever, cartridge indicator pin and lanyard loop on the bottom of the frame. The serial number is marked vertically on the right side of the frame behind the trigger with the last three digits (275) correctly scratched inside the slide. It is complete with one all blued, Walther marked magazine with the brown plastic finger extension. This very scarce pistol is accompanied by
an equally rare if not rarer original “RZM” marked “Party Leader” type Walther PPK leather holster.
This holster has the medium brown color, which has the very seldom seen inside
of the flap stamped with the rare circled “RZM” logo over “L4/1304/37”. Refer to the book; “Walther Pistols Vol. III by James Rankin, pg. 213, for a similar example of RZM marking. Research reveals the “L4” is for saddle and harness makers; “1304” is the code for the Sattler Firm of Anton Scheiner, Munich and “37” for the year of manufacture.
In addition to this outstanding pre-war Walther PPK Pistol rig it also includes a pair of original WWII Political Leader’s high rank collar
tabs for the Orts Level or local level of the Political Organization.
CONDITION: Excellent with 98% plus of the bright original blue finish overall with only minor edge and high spot wear with clear
sharp markings and proofs. The Party Leader grips are also excellent with both sides showing a very nice raised Party Leader eagle/
swastika and impressed checkering with only very minor handling marks/scratches at the top of the right grip. The lower front
portion of the grips do show some slight warpage which is very common on these early grips. The holster is excellent with beautiful
color, only some very minor handling marks on the top flap, beautiful, clear sharp markings on the inside, all complete stitching. The collar tabs are also excellent with nice original pips and eagles and the cloth material and blue borders complete and showing only a hint of fraying of the material on the corners. A beautiful, all original and extremely rare Party Leader Walther PPK with RZM marked holster and collar tabs.
Estimate: 8,500 - 14,000
LOT 3551
Rare Walther “480” Code P.38 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Matching Magazine - Serial
no. 1593, 9 mm cal., 4 7/8 inch round bbl., blue finish, plastic grips. Manufactured in 1940, the “480” code Walther P.38s were the first full production run of military P.38 pistols, having benefited from the
lessons learned during the “Zero Series” P.38 run. Fixed sights, with the left side of the slide marked “P.38 480”, followed by the serial number and the right side has the
“eagle/swastika” and “eagle/359” stamps. The “359” proofs are present on several components and matching numbers on the frame, barrel, locking block, both of the ribbed brown grip panels and on the left side of the blued magazine. CONDITION: Very fine, with 80% of the original blue finish, showing bright edge wear, mild spotting, the start of a brown patina on the front strap and mild handling marks. The locking block retention spring is absent, and the locking block may be renumbered to match the pistol. The grips are excellent, with a few minor handling marks. The safety lever hangs up a bit when decocking the hammer, otherwise mechanically functions fine.
Estimate: 5,500 - 8,500

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