I have an antique German match pistol, felt-lined oak case and accessories. The pistol is marked on one side of the barrel "Otto Seelig, Wiesbaden" and "HOFBUCHSENMACHER" on the other. The pistol is engraved and has a inset silver "O" on the trigger guard. Set in a circle in one of the engravings near the receiving end of the barrel is 'FRANCOTT' near the top of the circle and 'BREVETE' near the bottom. "9 F" is also present outside the engraving.
The pistol is very near immaculate. The medium-dark wood of the handle and 'forward' piece under the barrel is finely checkered and all checkering is intact and sharp. The bluing appears to all be there and some of the finish is done in a 'patchy' drilling style. The inside of the barrel is clean and bright.
The mechanism all appears to function as it should, but I do not know the exact caliber. It appears to require a rim-fire type of cartridge...but I could be wrong.
The case is wood (looks like light oak) and is in good shape. The interior is lined with green felt and contains a fitted space for the pistol, a wooden cleaning rod and a wood-handled screw driver. There are two compartments; one containing a bag of animal hair (horse? boar?) that I assume fits the metal-tip of the cleaning rod for bore cleaning. The other contains a bottle that probably contained oil at one time.
I have been unable to find out anything whatsoever about this pistol. it is a very finely made and detailed piece but no one seems to know quite what ot make of it. I have had it to gun shows several times through the years, and while the dealers express a lot of interest in it, no one can tell me anything about it. Internet searches have produced nothing beyond the fact that the 'Hofbuchsenmacher' designation means "Royal Riflemaker To The King".
I have three dealers interested in purchasing this pistol, but neither they nor I have any idea of value.
Can anyone enlighten us about value and/or history of this piece? It was a WWII 'weapon confiscation' taken somewhere between Utah Beach and Paris with a side-trip to the Battle of the Bulge. My Uncle gave it to me many years ago along with many other trophies. He did not expound on its history.
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