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Historical Gallery

Historical Information.

This page summarizes some topics discussed in great details in the Paul Mauser book.

Mauser - Turkish relationship

  In our recent book (Paul Mauser - His Life, Company, and Handgun Development 1838 - 1914), for the first time, we provide a very detailed history of the Turkish – Mauser relationship based upon historical documents available in the Paul Mauser and early Mauser archive. We describe this relationship from 1886 until April 1911. In fact, we complete our analysis in 1911, showing for the first time the original letters exchanged between Paul Mauser and his nephew Paul Mauser II that was in Turkey to follow comparative tests between Luger, C96 and Browning pistols. These documents will be of interest also for Luger and Browning collectors interested in this history. Mauser collectors have a unique opportunity to access original historical documents never published before. You will discover the Paul’s happiness for the first rifle contract and his disappointment for the C96 contract… Paul Mauser himself was aware that the first Turkish contract for rifle and carbine signed on the 12th of February 1887 changed forever the history of the Mauser Company. For Paul Mauser the first Turkish contract was so important that a specific celebration was done for the 25th anniversary of the contract and a special note is available in his 1912 diary as reported at page 155 of the book. The photo above shows some very interesting objects together with a Turkish C96 pistol. The booklet in the centre, written in German and old Turkish, has been offered to Paul Mauser for his 70th birthday in 1908 by Husny Bey, President of the Imperial Ottoman Commission in Karlsruhe and very good friend of Paul. Husny Bey is the Turkish person in the middle of the photo and on the left, Mr. Doll, Mr. Schmid – Mauser managers. The photo shows also 1893 rifles and it has been taken most probably when an “active” contract was amended to incorporate the improved design. The complete translation made by Gerben of the booklet is available at page 163 of the book. The medal in the centre is a rare one offered to Paul Mauser, Feederle and others Mauser representatives by the Turkish committee in Oberndorf on the 31st of August 1894 to celebrate the 18th years of the reign of the Sultan Abdul Hamid II. For this celebration, there was also a shooting competition in Oberndorf. The entire story at page 153-165 of the book.
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Turkish C96 with some unique Mauser - Ottoman historical documents. All Rights Reserved.
© Mauro Baudino  - All rights reserved.

Historical Gallery

Historical Information.

This page summarizes some topics discussed in great details in the Paul Mauser book.

Mauser - Turkish relationship

  In our rece nt boo k (Pau l Mau ser - His Life, Co mpa ny, and Han dgu n Dev elop men t 183 8 - 191 4), for the first time , we prov ide a very deta iled hist ory of the Turk ish – Mau ser relat ions hip bas ed upo n hist oric al doc ume nts avail able in the Paul Mau ser and earl y Mau ser arch ive. We desc ribe this relat ions hip fro m 188 6 until Apri l 191 1. In fact, we com plet e our anal ysis in 191 1, sho win g for the first time the origi nal lette rs exch ang ed bet wee n Paul Mau ser and his nep hew Paul Mau ser II that was in Turk ey to follo w com para tive test s bet wee n Lug er, C96 and Bro wni ng pist ols. The se doc ume nts will be of inte rest also for Lug er and Bro wni ng coll ecto rs inte rest ed in this hist ory. Mauser collectors have a unique opportunity to access original historical documents never published before. You will discover the Paul’s happiness for the first rifle contract and his disappointment for the C96 contract… Paul Mauser himself was aware that the first Turkish contract for rifle and carbine signed on the 12th of February 1887 changed forever the history of the Mauser Company. For Paul Mauser the first Turkish contract was so important that a specific celebration was done for the 25th anniversary of the contract and a special note is available in his 1912 diary as reported at page 155 of the book. The photo above shows some very interesting objects together with a Turkish C96 pistol. The booklet in the centre, written in German and old Turkish, has been offered to Paul Mauser for his 70th birthday in 1908 by Husny Bey, President of the Imperial Ottoman Commission in Karlsruhe and very good friend of Paul. Husny Bey is the Turkish person in the middle of the photo and on the left, Mr. Doll, Mr. Schmid – Mauser managers. The photo shows also 1893 rifles and it has been taken most probably when an “active” contract was amended to incorporate the improved design. The complete translation made by Gerben of the booklet is available at page 163 of the book. The medal in the centre is a rare one offered to Paul Mauser, Feederle and others Mauser representatives by the Turkish committee in Oberndorf on the 31st of August 1894 to celebrate the 18th years of the reign of the Sultan Abdul Hamid II. For this celebration, there was also a shooting competition in Oberndorf. The entire story at page 153-165 of the book.
Turkish C96 with some unique historical documents. All Rights Reserved.

Archive Digitalization

The    Archive    digitalization    is    the    first    step    for    a serious   analysis   of   the   Paul   Mauser   documents. All   the   documents   are   sorted   by   year   and   then   by type   (diary,   letters,   notes,   telegrams...).   For      each     year      a      folder      is      defined.      Inside      it,      several     folders        are        associated        for        each        type        of      document.            Each      folder            contains            the        scan/picture      of      the      document      with      the      related     translation.      After      this      classification,      the   analysis and   interpretation   of   the   documents   start.   All      the     undated      document      are      stored      in      the      same     folder.      For      some         of         them         a         tentative         of        dating         could         be      done         based         on         the        content.         If         the         content         interpretation         is        accepted         then         the         document         is         moved         in        the  related year folder.
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