Rare Luger pistol at firearm auction

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2015-06-26 10:45:25

Rare Luger pistol at firearm auction

Gavin Gardiner have announced that their final 2012 auction, held on December 12th at Sotheby’s London, will include a selection of fine modern and vintage sporting guns and rifles.

A highlight among the pistols included is a rare Luger pistol, one of only 10 known to have been made, all of which were given by George Luger himself to high profile recipients including President Roosevelt, Hiram Maxim, the King of Italy, Diaz of Mexico and Kaiser Wilhelm II.

This example was created for the Furst Zu Furstenberg in 1902. It was then personally presented to Andre Noel, the Governor of Konstanz in 1946 by the Prince of Furstenberg.

Noel was appointed Governor of Konstanz following the Second World War. He visited the Prince zu Furstenberg, to find that occupying French soldiers were preparing to hang the Prince. This was due to a misunderstanding concerning the Furstenberg family flag looking much like an upside-down French flag, the soldiers believing the Prince was demonstrating a severe lack of respect by hanging all his French flags upside down. In fact, he had been displaying his family flag to celebrate the fall of the Nazis.

Thus Andre Noel, having explained this to the soldiers, saved the Prince’s life. They became good friends, and this Luger pistol was presented to Noel as a gift of gratitude.

The auction includes over 200 lots of vintage sporting guns, rifles, and shooting accessories. Other highlights include a scarce 1922 James Woodward & Sons 12-bore sidelock ejector over and under gun, valued at £24,000-£28,000, and an E J Churchill pair of 12-bore Imperial model sidelock ejector guns, valued at £5,000-£7,000.

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