9mm caliber, 5.375" ribbed round barrel, S/N 2458. Blued finish, color case hardened hammer and extractor lever, checkered walnut grips. Matching serial numbers throughout, including grips. Single action, 6-shot metallic cartridge revolver. Barrel rib marked: GEBR MAUSER & Cie OBERNDORF A/N WURTTEMBURG 1878 PATENT. Lanyard ring in butt. The first handgun design to be produced by Peter Paul Mauser, these interesting tip-up, simultaneous extraction revolvers competed in the 1879 German military handgun trials, but were rejected for being too complex to machine and manufacture. They were somewhat successful in the commercial market and are extremely desirable collectable arms today.
Fine. Retains some of the blued finish, more present on the frame than barrel, with most of the loss due to wear and flaking. Areas of finish loss with a smoothly oxidized plum patina. Hammer and ejection lever with nice muted case color. Markings clear, mechanically functional, fine bore with crisp rifling. Grips fine with crisp checkering and light handing marks.