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Documents

This   page   describes   some   of   the   different   types   of   documents available in the Paul Mauser and early Mauser Archives. A   more   complete   description   of   all   types   of   documents   is   available in    the    book:    Paul    Mauser    -    His    Life,    Company,    and    Handgun Development 1838 - 1914 .    

 

Diaries

Several   handwritten   diaries   are   part   of   the   Paul   Mauser   collection.   Paul   habitually   wrote   regularly   and   daily   in   his   diaries,   maintaining a   running   record   of   his   thoughts   and   actions.      The   form   of   these diaries   is   simple   and,   in   some   cases,   they   are   diaries   that   were offered   to   promote   product   distributors   or   banks.   They   are   mainly working   documents   that   Paul   Mauser   used   to   write   down   personal reminders    of    events,    ideas,    drawings    and    other    thoughts.    The diaries   show   that   Paul   Mauser   was   really   a   busy   man,   travelling   a lot   in   Germany   and   abroad.   Despite   his   leadership   role   at   Mauser he   was   totally   involved,   until   the   end   of   his   life,   in   the   technical aspects of the design and production of his company's products.

Address Book

Most   probably,   Paul   Mauser   had   several   address   books   in   his   life   in   which   he   wrote   down   the   name   and   address   of   his   points   of contact   at   different   levels.   One   of   them   has   been   found   and   the entries   provide   a   nice   insight   into   the   range   of   noted   people   Paul Mauser   was   used   to   contacting:   high   level   military   and   business officers,   diplomatic   people   of   several   countries,   and   technology collaborator.

Letters

A   broad   range   of   types   of   business   and   personal   letters   have   been   discovered    in    the    archive.    The    personal    ones    show    different aspects   of   Paul   Mauser's   personality.   The   professional   letters   were initially   handwritten   by   Paul   and   then   passed   to   the   secretary   to be   typed.   Usually   the   letterhead   shows   an   embossed   Paul   Mauser inscription.   Paul   Mauser   then   signed   the   typed   letters   and   in   some cases,   they   received   a   sealing   wax   stamp.      The   envelopes   were,   in most    cases,    wax    sealed    or    closed    with    a    personalized    label recalling the seal's design.

Telegrams

Many   telegrams   were   exchanged   daily   with   several   collaborators.   The   telegrams   were   handwritten   by   Paul   and   then   passed   to   the secretary.   Lots   of   telegrams   were   also   written   by   Paul   Mauser   from abroad to the Company during his business travels.

Production, calculation and sales books

The   production   and   calculation   books   are   important   documents   that   provide   great   information   on   the   firearms   themselves   as   well as    techniques    used    by    Mauser    to    perform    production    cost calculations.      Each   production   step   is   considered   with   the   name   of the     technician     and/or     engineer     involved.     This     is     interesting because    we    now    know,    for    each    year,    who    was    involved    in    a specific aspect of making the firearm.  The   sales   books   provide   day   by   day   sales   figures   for   the   different types    of    firearms    produced    at    Mauser.    It    is    also    possible    to determine    the    different    dealers    working    with    Mauser    in    each country where Mauser did direct business.

Notes

A   design   notebook   was   utilized   like   the   modern   sticky   note   to   communicate    ideas    between    Paul    and    his    collaborators.    It    is interesting   to   highlight   that   Paul   Mauser   commonly   noted   things on   all   kinds   of   available   paper,   from   restaurant   receipts   to   simple undated papers. He kept those that were particularly interesting.

Rapport

Rapport     can     provide     useful     information     about     tests     and   experiments,    for    example    the    rapport    exchanged    the    25th    of January   1894   between   Feederle   and   Mauser   describing   the   grips and frame of the future C96 pistol.

Special Documents

The        special        documents        represents        rare        examples        of   documents      provided      to      Paul      Mauser      in   special      occasions;      for     example      the      document      on      the      right   was      provided      to      Paul     Mauser      by      H.   Husny   Bey,   the   chairman   of   the   imperial   Ottoman commission    for    his    70th    birthday.    This        high        quality        leather      booklet      contains      an      inscription      in      German      and      old      Turkish     underlining   the   importance   of   Paul   Mauser   in   the   relationship   of the two countries.

Notebooks from Mr. Reinhard Zirn

An      interesting      find      in      the      in      the      Paul      Mauser   Archive      is      the   discovery      of      a            a      few      notebooks      from   Mr.   Zirn,   one   of   the   Paul closest   collaborators.   It      is      possible      finding      the      signature      of      Mr.     Reinhard      Zirn      on      different      documents;      i.e.      in      the   maintenance     booklets      where      it      was      reported      the      oil      change      rate      for     engines,      punishment         note      for   employees   that   was   used   when they   arrived   late   to   work...   For            our            perspective,            one            of            his           most            important            Zirn’s            activity            is            the            maintenance            of           the      production            books.            These            books            shown            the            daily           production            for            each            employees            and            for      different weapons.

Blueprints, Drawings and Patent

For   the   most   part,   two   types   of   drawings   have   been   found   in   the   archive:   blueprints   of   firearms   and   a   lot   of   early   drawings   of   the production   tools   used   in   the   different   workshops   at   Mauser.   These drawings provide great insight on early production techniques.

Books

Books   Paul   Mauser   was   recognized   as   an   important   person   during   his   lifetime   and   several   books   were   written   about   him,   including books   that   were   written   and   presented   to   him   in   1908   for   his   70th birthday. These books have been used extensively in this research.

Glass Plates

Paul   Mauser   used   photographic   techniques   from   the   first   year   of   production   in   order   to   maintain   configuration   and   version   control of   both   firearm   designs   and   important   documents.   Generally,   all prototypes   and   first   production   firearms   for   each   contract   were photographed.    Also    the    different    production    stages    of    firearm components   were   photographed.   The   photographic   technique   of the   period   used   different   sizes   of   glass   plate   negatives.   A   light- sensitive   emulsion   of   silver   salts   was   applied   to   a   glass   plate.   This technique   produces   very   high   quality   high   resolution   images   and   it continued    to    be    used    until    recently    in    some    areas    such    as astronomy.   In   the   book,   we   often   refer   to   the   V-Abt   glass   plate   collection, which is the original source of these rare items.

Mauser Legal Documents

The    legal    status    of    the    company    changed    several    times.    The   changes are reflected in legal documents available in the Archive. On   the   right,   one   of   the   Paul   Mauser   personal   copy   for   the   year 1897    amended    by    Paul    himself    in    1899.    It    shows    the    changes made/proposed in 1899.  
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Documents

This   page   describes   some   of   the   different   types   of documents   available   in   the   Paul   Mauser   and   early Mauser Archives. A    more    complete    description    of    all    types    of documents   is   available   in   the   book:   Paul   Mauser   - His    Life,    Company,    and    Handgun    Development 1838 - 1914 .    

 

Diaries

Several   handwritten   diaries   are   part   of   the   Paul Mauser   collection.    Paul   habitually   wrote   regularly and    daily    in    his    diaries,    maintaining    a    running record   of   his   thoughts   and   actions.      The   form   of these   diaries   is   simple   and,   in   some   cases,   they are   diaries   that   were   offered   to   promote   product distributors    or    banks.    They    are    mainly    working documents   that   Paul   Mauser   used   to   write   down personal    reminders    of    events,    ideas,    drawings and   other   thoughts.   The   diaries   show   that   Paul Mauser   was   really   a   busy   man,   travelling   a   lot   in Germany   and   abroad.   Despite   his   leadership   role at   Mauser   he   was   totally   involved,   until   the   end   of his   life,   in   the   technical   aspects   of   the   design   and production of his company's products.

Address Book

Most   probably,   Paul   Mauser   had   several   address books   in   his   life    in   which   he   wrote   down   the   name and   address   of   his   points   of   contact   at   different levels.    One    of    them    has    been    found    and    the entries   provide   a   nice   insight   into   the   range   of noted      people      Paul      Mauser      was      used      to contacting:     high     level     military     and     business officers,    diplomatic    people    of    several    countries, and technology collaborator.

Letters

A   broad   range   of   types   of   business   and   personal letters   have   been    discovered   in   the   archive.   The personal    ones    show    different    aspects    of    Paul Mauser's     personality.     The     professional     letters were     initially     handwritten     by     Paul     and     then passed   to   the   secretary   to   be   typed.   Usually   the letterhead     shows     an     embossed     Paul     Mauser inscription.    Paul    Mauser    then    signed    the    typed letters   and   in   some   cases,   they   received   a   sealing wax   stamp.      The   envelopes   were,   in   most   cases, wax    sealed    or    closed    with    a    personalized    label recalling the seal's design.

Telegrams

Many     telegrams     were     exchanged     daily     with several      collaborators.       The      telegrams      were handwritten    by    Paul    and    then    passed    to    the secretary.   Lots   of   telegrams   were   also   written   by Paul   Mauser   from   abroad   to   the   Company   during his business travels.

Production, calculation and sales

books

The      production      and      calculation      books      are important       documents        that       provide       great information   on   the   firearms   themselves   as   well   as techniques       used       by       Mauser       to       perform production    cost    calculations.        Each    production step     is     considered     with     the     name     of     the technician     and/or     engineer     involved.     This     is interesting   because   we   now   know,   for   each   year, who   was   involved   in   a   specific   aspect   of   making the firearm.  The   sales   books   provide   day   by   day   sales   figures for    the    different    types    of    firearms    produced    at Mauser.    It    is    also    possible    to    determine    the different    dealers    working    with    Mauser    in    each country where Mauser did direct business.

Notes

A   design   notebook   was   utilized   like   the   modern sticky   note   to    communicate   ideas   between   Paul and   his   collaborators.   It   is   interesting   to   highlight that   Paul   Mauser   commonly   noted   things   on   all kinds   of   available   paper,   from   restaurant   receipts to    simple    undated    papers.    He    kept    those    that were particularly interesting.

Rapport

Rapport    can    provide    useful    information    about tests   and    experiments,   for   example   the   rapport exchanged    the    25th    of    January    1894    between Feederle    and    Mauser    describing    the    grips    and frame of the future C96 pistol.

Special Documents

The          special          documents          represents          rare       examples        of     documents        provided        to        Paul      Mauser      in   special      occasions;      for      example      the     document      on      the      right   was      provided      to      Paul     Mauser      by      H.   Husny   Bey,   the   chairman   of   the imperial     Ottoman     commission     for     his     70th birthday.    This        high        quality        leather        booklet      contains      an      inscription      in      German      and      old     Turkish          underlining     the     importance     of     Paul Mauser in the relationship of the two countries.

Notebooks from Mr. Reinhard Zirn

An      interesting      find      in      the      in      the      Paul      Mauser Archive        is        the     discovery        of        a                a        few      notebooks      from   Mr.   Zirn,   one   of   the   Paul   closest collaborators.    It        is        possible        finding        the      signature      of      Mr.      Reinhard      Zirn      on      different     documents;      i.e.      in      the   maintenance      booklets     where      it      was      reported      the      oil      change      rate      for     engines,      punishment         note      for   employees   that was   used   when   they   arrived   late   to   work...   For           our            perspective,            one            of            his            most           important                Zirn’s                activity                is                the            maintenance            of            the      production            books.           These            books            shown            the            daily            production           for            each            employees            and            for      different weapons.

Blueprints, Drawings and Patent

For   the   most   part,   two   types   of   drawings   have been   found   in   the    archive:   blueprints   of   firearms and   a   lot   of   early   drawings   of   the   production   tools used   in   the   different   workshops   at   Mauser.   These drawings       provide       great       insight       on       early production techniques.

Books

Books     Paul     Mauser     was     recognized     as     an important   person   during    his   lifetime   and   several books   were   written   about   him,   including   books that   were   written   and   presented   to   him   in   1908 for    his    70th    birthday.    These    books    have    been used extensively in this research.

Glass Plates

Paul   Mauser   used   photographic   techniques   from the   first   year   of    production   in   order   to   maintain configuration   and   version   control   of   both   firearm designs   and   important   documents.   Generally,   all prototypes   and   first   production   firearms   for   each contract    were    photographed.    Also    the    different production    stages    of    firearm    components    were photographed.   The   photographic   technique   of   the period     used     different     sizes     of     glass     plate negatives.   A   light-sensitive   emulsion   of   silver   salts was    applied    to    a    glass    plate.    This    technique produces   very   high   quality   high   resolution   images and   it   continued   to   be   used   until   recently   in   some areas such as astronomy.   In   the   book,   we   often   refer   to   the   V-Abt   glass   plate collection,   which   is   the   original   source   of   these rare items.

Mauser Legal Documents

The   legal   status   of   the   company   changed   several times.      The      changes      are      reflected      in      legal documents available in the Archive. On   the   right,   one   of   the   Paul   Mauser   personal copy   for   the   year   1897   amended   by   Paul   himself in   1899.   It   shows   the   changes   made/proposed   in 1899.  
Two Mauser Diaries. All Rights Reserved. Paul Mauser Address Book. All Rights Reserved. Paul Mauser Letters. All Rights Reserved. Mauser Telegram. All Rights Reserved. Paul Mauser Technical Note. All Rights Reserved. Paul Mauser Rapport. All Rights Reserved. 1908 Turkish book presented in 1908 to Paul Mauser. All Right Reserved. Notebooks from Mr. Reinhard Zirn. All Rights Reserved. C06/08 Pistol Drawing. All Rights Reserved.

Documents

This page contains some samples of the different types of documents available in the archive. A more complete description of all documents is available in the book: Paul Mauser - His Life, Company, and Handgun Development 1838 - 1914.    
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