Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

1898

Object Number

XII.3598

Provenance

Old Tower collection

Physical Description

Standard 10-shot commercial 'large ring hammer' Mauser C96 pistol with standard size frame and barrel length. Typical features including large ring-shaped hammer, shallow milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 50-1000 (metres), later firing pin retainer, 1st type safety catch, integral trigger unit, long extractor, 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking and 'WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A NECKAR' on right hand side frame. Typical rust-blued finish on frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor, rear sight and trigger ‘fire blued’, internal parts and the hammer case-hardened. Wooden 23 groove grips (one groove on LHS unfinished).Typical German proof marks. Original lanyard ring. Matching wooden holster stock inscribed LIEUT WILSON ELSWICK.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening, Casting

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength5.5in
BarrelLength140mm
OverallLength295mm
OverallWeight1.125kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 12414

Calibre

7.63 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof mark
Antler symbol similar to the later Ulm proof mark - per Geoffrey Sturgess it is the Oberndorf proof mark for c1897 - 1899.
Right side barrel extension
Stamping
Proof mark
Crown over crowned letter U - standard Imperial German barrel pressure test mark for post-1892 testing, which required that the same test be carried out twice.
Left side barrel extension
Stamping
Owner's name
LIEUT WILSON ELSWICK
Side of holster stock
Engraving
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF NECKAR
Nock's form
Stamping
Retailer's mark
Westley Richards cartouche
LHS of holster stock
Branded