Re: Need help with 1912 DWM luger
The gun appears to be in good shape and from what I can see the numbers match, even the magazine. That adds a lot to the value. The holster is a police holster, so there may be markings on the front of the grip indicating the force to which it was assigned.
The only thiing I see wrong is that someone, probably an American GI, carved/burned his initials into the grip. That will detract from the value UNLESS you know who the man was and can provide some history of him.
The military proof and acceptance marks are normal for the period.
I can't provide much history. The gun was made in 1912 by Deutsche Waffen-und Munitions Fabriken, in Germany. You say it has been in the family a long time so, depending on what a "long time" is, it may have been brought back by an American soldier in either WWI or WWII. If it is a police gun, it was probably captured in WWII, since German police were not disarmed after WWI.
I would make a guess on value at about $2500 including the holster. Let's see what others say.
Last edited by Jim K; 09-12-2012 at 11:01 AM..