1936 Krieghoff "P" Code Presentation

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By serial number this appears to be a 1936 Krieghoff (1304) however the presentation side plate marking is for 9 September 1941. One of the most beautiful presentation guns that we have ever seen with the strength and depth of a master engraver for the Krieghoff plant. All matching and a "P" Code with the P inserted below the serial number on the frame.  Enjoy!   (1215)
We are fortunate to have on hand two highly engraved Krieghoff Presentation guns that for the sake of comparison we are presenting some joint pictures. ABOVE: The Frank Butterfield engraved gun has been recognized by the Krieghoff family and identified by letter.  It also references the engraver. (See Gun)  BELOW: What has become know as the Gauleiter gun is a too similar match in engraving to be discarded as not the work of the same engraver, Karl Kolb, of Suhl identified with the 'Butterfield' gun.

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The history of this gun as told to the author by Charles Kenyon Jr., the author of  Lugers At Random: Mr. Kenyon stated he found the Parabellum and a matching PPK in Bermuda in the possession of a relative of Ernst Wilhelm Hans Bohle 17.02.1934-08.05.1945 Gauleiter der Auslandsorganisation (AO) der NSDAP. The deal was too big for Mr. Kenyon and he brought in Doug Smith (former FGS Firearms) who split the package, Doug taking this silver Parabellum and Charlie taking the PPK and case.  The PPK and case was sold to a collector in Tennessee and Tom Armstrong added the Gauleiter Presentation to his large collection.

 



Comparison of the engraving between the 1304 (dated 1941) and the #7 Dated postwar: While the pattern is similar the differences lay in the technique employed. #7 Postwar appears to be relief engraved with the oak leaves distinguished by removing the metal around the oak leaf.  #1304 appears in counter-relief, using the same pattern the material is removed from the oak leave leaving the edges to define the object.   The similarity of the engraving appears to reflect the same artist (especially the grips) however there are many variations to the oak-leaf dart pattern to suggest anyone with extraordinary experience could have produced either piece.
The thumb safety is marked "GESICHERT" (Safe) is show with the engraving surrounding the safety.  The toggles both left and right show the slight counter sink that is only characteristic of the true Krieghoff matching.
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 A Gauleiter was the party leader of a regional branch of the NSDAP (more commonly known as the Nazi Party) or the head of a Gau or of a Reichsgau. The Gauleiters were the unquestioned rulers of their particular areas of responsibility. The legal governmental establishment merely existed as a rubber stamp for the Gauleiter. Party control over the civil administration was institutionalized, as in many cases Gauleiters also held the supreme civil administrative posts in their area (Reichsstatthalter or Oberpräsident). However, since Party Gau boundaries and provincial/state boundaries were rarely the same, this arrangement led to mutually overlapping jurisdictions.

 

The master craftsmanship of the engraving around the trigger is exquisite. The Eagle N (German commercial acceptance proof) appears on both the receiver and the frame over/under each other.  Two oak leafs on the raised portion of the side plate shows the touch of detail on this Presentation Parabellum.
The engraving of the Krieghoff side plate is dated September 9th, 1941 which is the German method of writing the date, as day/month/year, is atypical of the style of writing dates and is distinctive to all the engraved Presentation guns.
Rather odd that the frame would exhibit a small hole that appears to represent a re-build for a hold-open, only speculation but this might have been a DWM frame by the thickness of the rear ramp on the receiver. The Krieghoff manufactured ramp was narrower and the curvature of the radius was greater than the DWM model.
The grips are engraved ivory are also simply beautiful. The grip screws are also engraved affirming the expertise of the engraver.

The "Butterfield" #7  Grip Screws & Grips are detailed with too much similarity to be created by different engravers. Heindrich Krieghoff identified the #7 gun and creator and our examination confirms our belief it was the same man.

 

 

Left Joachim von Ribbentrop, was Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany from 1938 until 1945 with Ernst W. Bohle, Gauleiter AOS

Ernst Wilhelm Bohle (Right) (1903-1960) was the official responsible for the Auslands-Organisation der NSAP, which represented German Nazis living outside Germany. His positions included Gauleiter of the Foreign Organization of the Nazi Party (1933 - 1945); State Secretary for the Foreign Organization in the Reich Foreign Office (1937-1941). He held the rank of SS-Obergruppenfuehrer, and, within the Party, was Gauleiter of the Auslands-Organisation der NSDAP. Found guilty at Nuremburg on only Count 5 (Membership in a Criminal Organization [the SS]), he was sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment on 11.04.1949. Released as an act of clemency by order of U.S. High Commissioner John J. McCloy, 21.12.1949.

 

This is the best of the best in Presentation Parabellums.

 

ABOVE Evident that the gun received all the internal proofs appropriate for the early Krieghoff.  It also indicates that this gun was fired in its lifetime. BELOW: Under the first toggle link is the serial number and the Stage I proof as it also appears on the toggle link.

The breach block is double proofed with the Commercial Eagle N and the Stage I proofing along with the last two digits of the serial number.  The rear toggle indicates that the gun was fired or cycled sufficiently to wear off the silver-plating around the rear main axel pin.

 
The early method of placing the serial number and the Stage I proofing brings us to the conclusion this was a 1936 model that was changed to a "P" {Privat} Code for a Presentation Gun.  The engraving is beyond belief in depth and detail.

 

This is such a rare and magnificently engraved silver-plated Krieghoff that you want to handle it with cotton gloves. It has a stand-alone aire of authenticity, acknowledged by Luger experts a part of the holy grail of Lugers and the crown jewel of anyone's collection. Call or write us for pricing information. This Luger can be shipped under a C&R License. Pricing available upon request. Click here to contact us regarding this weapon or any questions you might have: josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com.

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