6-shot Mauser Selbstlader. Courtesy Giuliano Alfinito. All rights reserved.
Mauro Baudino & Gerben van Vlimmeren - All rights reserved.
Glass Plates
Glass plates archive One   of   the   most   astonishing   parts   of   the   archive   is   for   sure   the   glass   plates collection.   The   Mauser   Company   kept   a   glass   plate’s   archive   until   the   end   of the   Second   World   War.   It   certainly   has   been   a   long   journey   from   the   first successful   attempts   at   primitive   photography   to   the   present.   Long   before   mega pixel   digital   cameras,   the   state-of-the-art   was   the   glass   plate   negative. The   first photographic processes have been discovered between 1826 and 1839. Mauser started using this “new” technology to keep trace of his production. The   glass   plates   can   be   related   to   weapons,   documents,   production   phases... They could be positive or negative. They    represent    a    fascinating    source    of    information    providing    data    about prototypes, first productions, contractual samples, production phases... The   first   photo    of   the   sequence   shows   a   glass   plate   in   his   original   envelope; the   plates   can   have   different   sizes.   The   second   photo    shows   the   first   analysis performed   simply   looking   at   the   plate   against   the   light.   The   third   photo    shows the negative scanned using a professional scan. The fourth photo  the positive, note the superb resolution... the others photos are related to rare C96 variations.                           Click the photo to visit the                           C96 production factory
C96 production factory. Note the detail of the two C96 carbines around the clock and calendar visible at the end of the central corridor. All rights reserved.