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Paul Mauser and the Kaiser Wilhelm II

  One   of   the   most   intriguing   aspects   of   studying   the   Paul   Mauser Archive    and    early    Mauser    Company    Archive,    is    the    tracking    of presentation     rifles     and     pistols     that     Paul     Mauser     offered     to important people. Specific   documentation   and   evidence   is   available   in   Paul   Mauser’s diaries   and   in   letters   exchanged   with   the   recipients   of   these   special rifles   or   pistols.   In   most   of   the   cases,   the   sale   books   also   track presentation events. As   an   example   of   this   interesting   study,   I   have   enclosed   a   set   of documents   related   to   presentation   rifles   offered   by   Paul   Mauser   to the German Emperor Wilhelm II. Paul    Mauser    met    Kaiser    Wilhelm    II,    on    several    occasions.    These    meetings    lead    to    a    relationship    that    went    well    beyond    just demonstrating Mauser firearms. For   pistol   historians,   probably   the   most   important   presentations   were   of   a   C96   pistol   and   C96   carbine   in   Potsdam   on   the   20th   of   August 1896.   This   event   is   noted   in   Paul   Mauser’s   diary   of   that   year   and   also   the   glass   plates   of   the   C96   carbine   and   pistol   showing   them before and after testing. These are available in the Paul Mauser Archive. In   this   example,   you   see   one   of   the   4-page   letters   written   by   Paul   Mauser   for   communication   to   Kaiser   Wilhelm   II.   To   be   more   precise here,   Paul   was   not   writing   directly   to   the   Emperor   but   rather   to   his   Imperial   correspondent   the   Emperor’s   Wing   Adjutant   Graf   von Moltke. This   letter   is   quite   interesting   because   tells   us   that   Paul   prepared   a   special   hunting   rifle   for   the   Kaiser   that   was   ordered   as   a   gift   by   his wife   the   Empress   and   Queen   of   Prussia   Augusta   Victoria   of   Schleswig-Holstein.   As   a   consequence   of   the   rifle’s   satisfactory   hunting results, Paul Mauser subsequently received another request to offer to the Kaiser a special Target Rifle in 6mm caliber. In   the   attached   photo,   you   see   the   first   page   of   the   letter.   The   next   photo   shows   Kaiser   Wilhelm   II   proudly   standing   by   one   of   the   deer he took with the rifle. Finally, the record in the Original Mauser sale book of the Special 6mm rifle is shown. It   is   interesting   to   highlight   the   importance   of   this   small   caliber   rifle.   From   1895   until   the   finalization   of   the   98   action,   in   cooperation with   the   German   GPK   acceptance   committee,   Paul   Mauser   experimented   with   several   small   caliber   rifles   including   versions   in   4mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm and 6.5mm. The full letter translation as well as additional samples of presentation pistols and rifles are available in the Paul Mauser book.
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© Mauro Baudino  - All rights reserved.

Historical Gallery

Historical Information.

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

Paul Mauser and the Kaiser Wilhelm II

    o      f        t   h   e     s t i n g p   o      f        d   t   h   e       u s   e   r     r h i   v   e       l y u s   e   r     C     o a n     y       r h   i       s         t   h   e     c   o      f        s a   e s   t o   l   s         u s   e   r     e r   e   d     t      o        p a n      t        o ple. e   c e i o     n         d c e     is l   i      n          u   i e      s          i      n        e r      s        e x h g e     d         t   h   e     i n ts   of s e c i    a    l      e s    or t   I      n        s t     of t   h   e     e s       ,         t   h   e       o k      s          c k s a   v   e nts. A     s       a     n       x   a l e    of   e i n     g       d y,      I v e l e d     a s   e   t     o      f        c e n   t   s     r t e     d       t      o        s a   e s e r   e   d     b     y          u s   e   r     t      o        t   h   e     r   p   h   II. Paul    Mauser    met    Kaiser    Wilhelm    II,    on    several occasions.   These   meetings   lead   to   a   relationship   that went     well     beyond     just     demonstrating     Mauser firearms. For   pistol   historians,   probably   the   most   important presentations   were   of   a   C96   pistol   and   C96   carbine in   Potsdam   on   the   20th   of   August   1896.   This   event   is noted   in   Paul   Mauser’s   diary   of   that   year   and   also the    glass    plates    of    the    C96    carbine    and    pistol showing   them   before   and   after   testing.   These   are available in the Paul Mauser Archive. In   this   example,   you   see   one   of   the   4-page   letters written   by   Paul   Mauser   for   communication   to   Kaiser Wilhelm   II.   To   be   more   precise   here,   Paul   was   not writing    directly    to    the    Emperor    but    rather    to    his Imperial   correspondent   the   Emperor’s   Wing   Adjutant Graf von Moltke. This   letter   is   quite   interesting   because   tells   us   that Paul   prepared   a   special   hunting   rifle   for   the   Kaiser that   was   ordered   as   a   gift   by   his   wife   the   Empress and   Queen   of   Prussia   Augusta   Victoria   of   Schleswig- Holstein.   As   a   consequence   of   the   rifle’s   satisfactory hunting   results,   Paul   Mauser   subsequently   received another    request    to    offer    to    the    Kaiser    a    special Target Rifle in 6mm caliber. In   the   attached   photo,   you   see   the   first   page   of   the letter.    The    next    photo    shows    Kaiser    Wilhelm    II proudly   standing   by   one   of   the   deer   he   took   with   the rifle.   Finally,   the   record   in   the   Original   Mauser   sale book of the Special 6mm rifle is shown. It   is   interesting   to   highlight   the   importance   of   this small   caliber   rifle.   From   1895   until   the   finalization   of the   98   action,   in   cooperation   with   the   German   GPK acceptance   committee,   Paul   Mauser   experimented with   several   small   caliber   rifles   including   versions   in 4mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm and 6.5mm. The    full    letter    translation    as    well    as    additional samples     of     presentation     pistols     and     rifles     are available in the Paul Mauser book.

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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