November 15 & 16, 2022 Extraordinary Firearms & Militaria
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/16/2022
Exceptionally attractive and presentable DWM manufactured MG-08 Maxim on original “18” dated sled mount. Accessories include an original ZF-12 scope in leather case manufactured by Emil Busch A.G. of Rathenow. Both scope and attractive brown leather case retain clear makers marks. Sled retains spare barrel (number 45883), cartridge tongs, and broken case extractor with “jag” pattern. A near mint original 250 round brass tabbed cloth belt is also included with this lot. This gun has been faithfully restored and has a beautifully attractive deep blue finish with white filled markings that really set this gun apart as a fantastic showpiece. All visible numbers are matching with top cover closed including the barrel jacket, top cover, top cover retaining latch, left hand receiver sideplate, oil fill caps on backplate, safety bar, and feedblock body. Non-matching parts include charging handle “38”, upper feed arm, and belt advance plate within the feed block (number 87), and the lock itself is an unnumbered armorer's replacement lock. Fusee cover has an attractive brass oval plate reading “DEUTSCHE WAFFEN UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN” surrounding “BERLIN 1918”. Cork material at end of chain at front of gun not present but chain and hardware is present, as is water drain lever, and flanged steam hose fitting. Electronic NFA registry indicates “Germany” as the manufacturer. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is near excellent as professionally refinished in an attractive deep blue on the metal parts exclusive of the water jacket, which otherwise is in dark gray paint with proof marks still visible. The sled is also very attractively repainted in a dark gray/green with some areas of brown and a tinge of red/brown in places as one would have seen original paint appear. Upon close inspection one can detect this gun has been refinished, but it has been accomplished in a fabulous way. Brown leather pads are in good serviceable condition. Wood handles are very fine condition with some dings and handling marks, with the checkering extremely fine. Optic is very clear and clean. Bore is near excellent in both barrels. Lock face is also near excellent. Gun mechanics are extremely fine, and action moves smoothly when manually pulled back against fusee spring tension. This is a full-auto only machine gun. The Maxim MG-08 is one of the most recognizable weapons of World War I, and remained in service, albeit in a rear security role, with the Germans through the end of World War II. In recent years there have been very successful conversions of the MG-08 to fire 7.62 Russian ammunition. It will be difficult to find a more clean attractive specimen as this. It can be displayed in a normal living space without soiling the area it is in. 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 2022-11-58

This is not a standard shippable item and will require 3rd party shipping or pickup arrangements to be made.
Cloth belt, Optic case
Barrel Length
23 - 1/2"
8mm Mauser
FFL Status
MG 08
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $8,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $20,400.00
Estimate: $16,000 - $18,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
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