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    Ludwig Lowe 1893 Spanish Mauser.

    Picked up a nice, all matching Ludwig Lowe Model 1893 Spanish Mauser today. 'Mauser Espanol Modelo 1893 Manufactura Lowe Berlin' on right side of receiver, 'Berlin 1896' on top of receiver ring and on stock. No import mark. Stock has 'WJ' carved somewhat ornately on it, with similar 'W's on top handguard and right side of forestock. I thought that perhaps there was a chance that this rifle was used in the SpanAm War, but to my surprise, when I disassembled it for cleaning, I found the stock to be 'duffle bag cut'. As I've pretty much seen this on WW2 weapons, this was kind of a stunner



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    Anyway, I've never seen this on one of these. In fact, I think I can count on one hand how many Germanicon manufactured Spanish Mausers I've seen. I will have pics soon, as this old girl is disassembled and soaking right now. Dirty old girl!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anzac15 View Post
    Stock has 'WJ' carved somewhat ornately on it, with similar 'W's on top handguard and right side of forestock.

    Very unusual. Sounds more like the sort of thing the Boers did. It will be interesting to see the photos.
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    Coming out of Chileicon? Anything is posssible, but cut for Cavalry use? Just my guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calif-Steve View Post
    Anything is posssible

    ... but some things are unlikely. Like a Spanish name starting with a W.

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    No, it's definitely Spanish. And a long rifle, guess I forgot to put that. Patrick, the Boers were the first thing I thought of when I saw it. Did the Loewe Spanish Mausers make it over there? But it's that darn duffle cut thats befuddlin' me..

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    I'll have pics up as son as I can tomorow.

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    I'll have pics up as son as I can tomorow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anzac15 View Post
    No, it's definitely Spanish.

    I didn't say it wasn't - the rifle, I mean. It is W as a Spanish initial that is highly unlikely (athough, remembering that famous Chileno Bernado O'Higgins, strange things do occur).
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    But it's that darn duffle cut thats befuddlin' me..

    Why? Duffle bags/kit bags were surely not invented by GIs in WWII? And very few suitcases/cabin trunks etc are long enough to take a proper long rifle. So the stock sawing could have been done by anyone with a transport problem. Also the name carving .

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    Actually, no reason I can't show some pics of the stock right now..

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    ...and that Bernardo O'Higgins..gotta luv him.

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    The pics..

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    A rifle with history

    Definitely a Spanish Mauser 1893 rifle. The "Saturn" (planet with a ring) is a Spanish inspection mark.
    Series "H", marked with Spanish crest over Berlin 1896 is one of the Spanish order for approx. 85000 rifles with block letters E-R.
    More than 20,000 captured in 1898 at Santiago de Cuba, of which approx. 9000 offered for sale by Bannerman.
    BUT a Bannerman rifle would not have a duffle-cut, as there would not have been a length problem for transport.

    As I wrote previously, a duffle cut could have been applied by anyone with a transport problem. But, of course, very likely for a "smuggled" bring-back. And kitbags, a.k.a. duffle bags, have been around in some form ever since there were sailors.
    And WJ is odd for Spanish initials.
    And a Spanish soldier would have not been permitted to carve his rifle like that.

    I therefore conclude that this is indeed VERY PROBABLY a GI bring-back from the SpanAm war, brought back by someone with the initials WJ, and you have indeed got rifle with a history.

    Now let's see how it shoots!


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    Please take a very careful look at the wood about 1" below the number marking on the receiver. In your photo there appear to be traces of a number, maybe acceptance mark, just where one would expect it on a marked stock.
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    Patrick, thanks for the info! Yes, that is a matching number on the stock, forgot to mention that. As a matter of fact, am taking it to the range today. Will let you know how she does! Thanks again.

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    I did forget to mention one thing, and forgot to take a pic of it as well. The top of the barrel about a half inch from where it joins the receiver, there is a small Spanish flaming bomb symbol. When I get home with it later today I'll post a pic.

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