Dating antique peters cartridge boxes
What the retailer probably meant to say is that: This holster was made for the 4 inch barrel late old model FAT barrel Cal 9mm Luger and not the later new model 4 inch barrel Cal 9mm pistols or alternately, not for the later 1920s Abercrombie & Fitch special 100 gun order of Swiss chamber crested 4 inch barrel (51) 7.65mm and (49) 9mm Luger pistols.
A faded ink written marking on the back looks to read 'Walter Bertolette Silver City New Mexico June 16th 1916'.
This Luger is, with the exception of very minor wear ageing and a tiny chip on the lower front tip of the grip panel, in the same condition as it left the DWM factory in the 1902-1905 period. The parts that were originally numbered are matching serial numbers.
The magazine is the correct wood bottom stamped 'Cal. Approximately 600-700 of this model were produced in the 22,000-23,000 serial number range.
The holster was originally offered as part of a rig as evidenced in the retailers ad with accompanying Letter of Authenticity, initially pistol and holster being extolled as inseparable.
However, apparently the retailer and/or the consigner had a change of heart regarding the pistol and holster staying together, thus separating the two, which was more than likely a monetary decision, taking higher importance or precedence over the collectible status of union.additionally states that: A&F Lugers are a very rare collectors item. Featured is a very rare Abercrombie & Fitch, a.k.a.