Luger Mauser 1934 P-08 S/42 "K" Stamped Eagle
1937 Eagle Stamped Holster
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This consignment is a 1934 P-08 Parabellum manufactured by Mauser. As a K-Date, this is one of first military contract Lugers produced by Mauser. This Luger is a 4 inch (100mm) 9mm Parabellum. To conceal production a series of alphabetical dates were assigned in addition to the code on the toggle S/42 (Mauser). "K" dates are representative of the Lugers produced in 1934; this is an all-matching gun, the two magazines do not match numbers as the photos will show. The holster along with the loading tool were most likely added at a later date (dated 1937 with Eagle over Swastika car-touche,) the holster has been cut by a previous owner.
When the president of Germany, Paul von Hindenburg, appointed Der Führer Adolph Hitler chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933 a national rearmament immediately began and the old professional gun makers set to work to apply their craftsmanship to war time production for an ever expanding demand. The K-Date (1934) was Mauser's first order and borrowing from the traditions of Erfurt and Simson they marked most every part of the gun with some proof or another. This was slowly reduced as standardization and time studies indicated a lesser need for all the double proofing.
Mauser-Werke and Berliner-Karlsruher Industrie-Werke (BKIW), [BKIW was the successor to DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken)] had common ownership. In 1930 the machinery, technicians and supplies were moved from Berlin-Wittenau to Oberndorf and BKIW's interest in the Parabellum ceased. In 1934 Mauser obtained its first contract for 10,930 with the K-Date over the chamber. For the collector there are four variations of the K-Date.
In early 1930 production was begun by Mauser in Oberndorf with the transfer of the tooling and equipment from BKIW (DWM) factory in Berlin to Mauser-Werke. The first order was for the Dutch in November 1930 and then the American Eagle orders for A. F. Stoeger. From 1930 until 1934 Mauser assembled many thousands of Lugers from DWM parts and stocks, plus reworked other for the paramilitary groups and the police. Mauser proof marks left a trail across many Lugers.
The early frames were left-over DWM manufactured frames that were assimilated in the Mauser take-over of the DWM Parabellum production. These frames became mixed with the latter production Mauser frames that had the 2mm 'hump' to protect the rear main axel pin was added.
The details of this magnificent example of an early production (three digit) 1st Mauser contract Parabellum to the Wehrmacht is resplendent with the Scriptic "S", only found on the very early variations. Soon the Scriptic "S" was dropped on small parts and the Gothic "S" began to appear while the inspection proofs also changed along with the production of additional Lugers.
This is a standard 1934 Model gun designated by collectors as the Version 1 "K" Date Mauser. The first toggle link is marked with the Scriptic S/42 Mauser code. There is the "V" rear sight on the rear toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number appear. The "K" Date is a rare gun to find. The Early "K" Date with the Scriptic S and Ö][37 proofs is the pinnacle of the Mauser collector. Note the Scriptic 'S' on the extractor, the 1st toggle link, (Along with the scriptic S/42), and second toggle link. The Scriptic "S" on the bottom of the thumb safety plus an "S" on the front sight. The bottom of the barrel shows the gauge marking and witness mark of alignment with the receiver.
The thumb safety is new style, and strawed. It has a hold open latch and stock lug. This Luger has all matching numbers. The holster and magazines do not match that number. The gun has a numbered hold-open and the stock lug. There is a 2mm "hump" at the rear of the receiver indicating this was not a DWM frame that was inherited by Mauser with the transfer of assets from Berlin but one manufactured by Mauser.
The side plate has the Scriptic "S" and the bottom of the thumb safety is marked with the serial number on top and the Scriptic "S" which illustrates that during the transition of the protocol for marking the Parabellum the changes were made with existing parts. Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style. The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the side of the locking bolt, on the trigger, on the bottom of the barrel, the side plate, the left side of the receiver, the safety bar, the sear bar, the rear connecting pin, and on the extractor. The breach block has the last two digits of the serial number and the early Waffenampt Droop wing eagle while the firing pin connector has the Scriptic S. The Scriptic "S" is on the right side of the breach block and on the right you can see the toggle in full recoil and the straight back edge of the receiver tells us this frame was made by DWM.
The proof display is on both sides of the receiver with the full markings of the "S" and serial numbers. The display of the Scriptic "S" and with the Early Ö][37. The Scriptic "S" is on the front of the trigger guard plus 3 digit serial number.
The back of the holster bears the manufacturers car-touche and the date 1937 along with the early Eagle over Swastika proof. One can see the original shape has been trimmed by an earlier owner most likely fitted to a different firearm. The 1934 & 1935 Holster is very hard to find and this one was obviously added to the package at a later date. The stitching is strong and the leather is still soft after many years of care. Belt loops are intact and the pull strap is functional. The loading tool is secured in the pouch. The manufacturer's cartouche is not visible on the loading tool. The cleaning rod was included in only the K-Date holster then discontinued. This early accessory is, just like the holster that accepts it, is a very rare item to find and not available in this offering.
In today's market extensive and magnificent collections including the most sought after variations are coming on the market due to inheritance and the desire of older collectors to be assured the weapon is cared for into the future by another preserver of history and avid gun collector. This in an awesome addition to any collector’s inventory. The finish is not 100% but the function is still very smooth with a clean bore and good grooving, and clean internals. The Barrel is matched to the gun with the gauge 8.82mm stamped representing the distance of the lands. The 519 serial puts this K-Date early in the 1st variation of the K-Dates. Here we have a K-Date production piece with the "Scriptic "S".
Proofing on this P-08 is splendid with the mixture of the early proofs and the Scriptic "S". The top of the Luger shows a good clean "K" and the Scriptic "S" on the extractor, first and second toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number throughout. From the very front of the gun the end of the barrel shows slight wear as does the frame and inside. The full serial number can be seen on the frame and on parts that were common placement of that era. This is a nearly impossible to find K-Date Luger, early variation in this condition. A much sought after piece for the Mauser collector with a "K" Date, a crown jewel in anyone's collection. This Parabellum is offered with the all-matching K-Date, the matching Ö37 proofing, two magazines, a 1937 Marked Holster, and loading tool. This Luger is identified as a curio and can be sent directly to Type 1 and C&R licensees.
The consignor stated his grandfather was handed this, when at the end of WWII, German Officers met in a room with American officers and were required to hand over their arms personally. We do not possess any documentation or providence to that effect. The consignor has had it in the safe many years and now wants to sell for personal reasons.