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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  time,   we   provide   a   very detailed   history   of   the   Turkish   –   Mauser   relationship   based   upon historical    documents    available    in    the    Paul    Mauser    and    early Mauser archive.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 Mauser   collectors   have   a   unique   opportunity   to   access   original   historical   documents   never   published   before.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.

Mauser C77 Hinterladung and Wilhelm Mauser

I n    our    new    book    on    Paul    Mauser,    the    German    inventor    and industrialist   is   for   sure   the   main   actor   of   the   book   however   we   also spend   time   analysing   in   details   the   relationship   between   Paul   and his   brother   Wilhelm   (chapter   The   Mauser   brothers   and   Oberndorf   page 75 … 83). The   relationship   between   the   two   men   was   a   difficult   one   and   we use    Paul    Mauser    diaries    notes    and    original    letters    exchanged between   the   two   brothers   to   explain   this.   This   difficult   relationship will   continue   also   after   the   death   of   Wilhelm   (1882)   between   Paul Mauser and the son of Wilhelm, Alfons. In   any   case,   in   the   first   years   of   the   Mauser   story,   until   Wilhelm passed    away    in    1882,    the    two    brothers    worked    together    and, speaking    about    pistols,    Wilhelm    was    involved    with    Paul    in    the design   and   production   of   two   models   the   C77   and   the   C78   (Zig-Zag Revolver). In   the   book,   the   Zig-Zag   revolver   enthusiasts   can   find   an   interesting amount     of     original     letters,     for     the     first     time     available,     fully translated,   between   Paul   and   Wilhelm   related   to   the   production   and marketing   of   the   C78   revolver   (chapter   Marketing   the   Zig-Zag   Revolver   – page 191 … 203). I   am   presenting   here   a   very   rare   set   composed   by   the   single-shot Hinterladung    (rear-loader)    Mauser    C77    pistol    together    with    the unique   letter   available   in   the   Paul   Mauser   archive   where   Wilhelm Mauser      describes      this      pistol      to      a      Swedish      governmental representative    –    note    the    Wilhelm    signature    at    the    end    with “Waffenfabrikant”. The   letter   is   quite   long   and   in   the   beginning   Wilhelm   discussed about   rifles   but,   almost   at   the   end   of   the   letter,   he   introduces   the “new”    pistol,    stressing    the    advantage    of    the    his    design.    The    full translation of the letter is available at page 90 of the book. The    Mauser    C77    is    the    first    pistol    produced    by    the    two    Mauser brothers   and   only   a   few   are   today   reported.   The   total   production   is around     150     pistols     concentrated     in     1877-78.     The     complete explanation   about   the   very   effective   loading   mechanism   is   available in the book. In   the   book,   the   reader   can   also   see   when   the   first   C77   has   been sold and to whom based upon the data of the sale books.
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Turkish C96 with some unique Mauser - Ottoman historical documents. All Rights Reserved. Mauser C77 with Wilhelm Mauser presentation letter. All Rights Reserved. Mauser C77 with Wilhelm Mauser presentation letter. All Rights Reserved. Mauser C77 single shot pistol. All Rights Reserved.
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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

  I      n          e n      t        o k u l u ser   - H   i   s       C     o a n   y   ,       n u n v p n t 3 8      - 1 4   )   ,     f   o   r     t   h   e       e ,    we r o v i   d   e     a   a   t o   r   y     o      f        t   h   e     T k ish   u s   e   r     r t s h   i   p     s e     d       o n t c a       l         c e n   t   s     l   i      n        t   h   e       u s   e   r       l y u s   e   r     h ive. W    e      c     r t s h   i   p     f   r   o m 8 6   i l 1 1.   In   w     e       m t e   l   i      n        1 1       ,         o n g f   o   r     t   h   e         t   h   e     i n   a   l     e r      s        e x h g e     d       b   e   t e n   u s   e   r       h   i   s     p     u s   e   r     I        I              i      n        T k e      y        t      o        o w m r a   t s b   e   t e n g e   r   ,         o i n     g       t   e s      e        c e n   t   s       b     e       o      f        e     f   o   r     g e      r          o i n     g       l o r      s        e t e     d       i      n          t 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.

Mauser    

C77    

Hinterladung    

and    

Wilhelm

Mauser

I n          o   u   r     n   e   w       o      n          u s   e   r   ,     t   h   e     G   e   r   e   a   n   d     u l ist    is f    o    r        t   h   e         o       f         t   h   e       h   w   w      e          n d   y   i        n          i l        s          t   h   e     i h i        p          w e   e   n       a   n   d     h    i    s      t h   e   r     h e   l   m     a   T   h   e     u s    e    r      t   a   n   d     r r f          75    83). T   h   e     i h i        p          w e   e   n     t   h   e     t   w   o       w   a   s     a c u    l    t      o   n   e     a   n   d     w      e        u   s   e       u s    e    r      i e       s         e s a   n   d     i n    a    l      r s h e d w e   e   n     t   h   e     t   w   o     t   t       o         e a i        n              c u    l    t      i h i        p          w   i   l   l     i n   u   e         t   h   e     t h     of h e   l   m     8 2        )          w e   e   n       u s    e    r      a   n   d     t   h   e     s   o   n     o       f         h   n s. I        n          a   n   y       i        n          t   h   e       r s      of t   h   e     u s    e    r      y ,   h e   l   m     s e       d           i        n          2 ,    the t   w   o     t   k e       d         t h   e   r       a   u t o l    s    ,      h e   l   m     w   a   s     l v   e   d         i        n          t   h   e     g n a   n   d     d o n     of t   w   o     d e    l    s      t   h   e     C   7   7     a   n   d     t   h   e     C   7   8     - Z   a   g     o lver). I        n          t   h   e     k ,    the Z   i   g   - Z   a   g     l v   e   r     h s t        s          c   a   n       a       n         r n g o u   n   t     o       f         i n    a    l      r s,   for t   h   e         l     s d , w e   e   n       a   n   d     h e   l   m     t ed   to t   h   e     d o n a   n   d     k   o       f         t   h   e     C   7   8     l v   e   r     a   k   t    h    e      Z   i   g   - Z   a   g     l ver       1   9   1     203). I    am s n g   a     s    e    t      m e d     by t   h   e     l e        -   t d u   n   g     r - d e    r    )      u s    e    r      C   7   7     o l t h   e   r       t   h   e     q u       e           l   i        n          t   h   e       u s    e    r      i v       e         r e h e   l   m     u s    e    r      c   t   h   i   s     o l   to   a S   w   e   e r   n   m   r n v e         t   h   e     h e   l   m     a   a        t          t   h   e     e   n   d       “  f a a nt”. T   h   e       i        s              a   n   d     i        n          t   h   e     i n g h e   l   m     u   u t     o st    at t   h   e     e   n   d     o       f         t   h   e     r ,      he o e s   the “  w o l         ,         s   t   h   e     a g e     of t   h   e     h    i    s      g n        .          T   h   e     f   u   l   l     s o n     of t   h   e       i        s          l   a        t            90   of t   h   e     k . T   h   e     s e        r          C   7   7     is   the     d   b       y          t    h    e      t   w   o     s e        r          h e    r    s      a   n   d       a   few a    r    e        r t   e   d   .     T   h   e       d o n       is u n       d         1   5   0     l s c a ted   in - 7    8    .      T   h   e     p l   e   t   e     a o n u t     the   t i    v    e      i n       g         h s m     is l   in   the book. I        n          t    h    e        t    h    e      d e        r          c   a   n     a   l   s   o     s    e    e        t    h    e        C   7   7     h   a   s         a   n   d     t        o          w   h   o m e d   t    h    e        o        f          t    h    e      s   a   l   e     k s.
Turkish C96 with some unique historical documents. All Rights Reserved. Mauser C77 with Wilhelm Mauser presentation letter. All Rights Reserved. Mauser C77 single shot pistol. 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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