October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/22/2019
Comes with tripod numbered 188 and Zeiss optic serial number 2583. Very attractive brass Maxim with matching numbers on external parts. Bolt is only 1 digit off, numbered 136. Barrel is numbered C47. Other external parts appear to be matching; this includes trunnion, feed shuttle, fusee spring cover, top cover, backplate, cocking handle, and rear sight as well as optic sight base and rail retaining plates. Drain plug and chains present with cork hardware although cork itself is not present (easy replacement). Water fill nut and chain present at rear of water jacket. Thumb piece not present. Marked on top cover “CARTUCHO” / “MAUSER ARGENTINO” / “1909” which mean this went through the 1909 cartridge and sight update. Marked on fusee spring cover “No 135. MAXIM’S PATENT 1898. BERLIN DEUTSCHE WAFFEN UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN”. Safety is marked “SEGURIDAD” & “FUEGO”. Wooden roller on feed shuttle rotates freely. PROVENANCE: The Class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is near excellent blued finish on steel parts. Brass retains a pleasing deep shine with several scratches particularly a series of about nine 1" scratches 3-4" from trunnion. Muzzle is threaded and has thread protection ring. Wooden roller has a couple of scratches and dings but is fully serviceable. Mechanics are fine. Shiny bore with some slight corrosion in grooves. Sight optics are clear, metal retains 85% of its gray/blue finish. Rubber eye cup soft and supple but cracking and fraying away at edges. Tripod retains 90% bright green enamel repaint over some pitting in places. Leather seat shows some wear but is completely serviceable and soft to the touch. Traverse and elevation gear operates properly. Legs retained as folded by recent production web strap. This extremely attractive heavy weapon would make an outstanding centerpiece to any early machine gun collection. THIS IS A NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT ITEM AND REQUIRES BATF APPROVAL PRIOR TO TRANSFER. THIS ITEM IS FULLY TRANSFERABLE ON AN ATF FORM 3 OR 4 AS CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. JWK 2019-10-82
Barrel Length
27 - 1/2"
7.65x53mm Mauser
FFL Status
Maxim 1898
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Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $15,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $36,000.00
Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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