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Collecting engraved Luger Pistols or caveat emptor!
by Klaus Leibnitz
In the last years decorated Luger pistols have appeared on the market, mainly in the US, but also in Europe and they all appear to be forgeries. This does not mean that the pistols themselves are forgeries, but it looks as if the engraving or decoration had been done many years later in order to increase the value of these guns. The following paper tries to
approach the problem of increasing the value of old military weapons by decorating them
from an analytical point of view. After having done this, the fakes are clearly shown for
what they really are, old service pistols nicely made up.
What is called Luger pistol here in this paper refers to the gun which , in Europe, is also
known as the Parabellum Pistole or Pistole 08...