This is an incredible find for the serious advanced FN or early auto pistol collector, In 97% original condition we have a very rare 1913 production FN Model 1900 Pistol finished in Factory Nickel plating. This option was offered by FN but few pistols were made in this finish as they needed to be shipped to the motorcycle branch of FN for the nickel plating to be added. You will note that the small parts are in a black finish which is definitive proof of a genuine FN factory nickel finished pistol.
This pistol comes with an FN Historical society letter indicating production in March, 1913. At the time of the German invasion of Belgium in 1914, This pistol was removed from the warehouse by FN employees and hidden to avoid it falling into enemy hands. It never returned to the factory and may have seen use in both WWI & WWII by the Belgian Resistance. This is pistol believed to have been a vet brought back war trophy at the end of WWII.
Very few of these pistols are known to still exist and very few in this top collector condition. Finding a decent example of a normal blued FN Model 1900 is not an easy ask but to find a gun with the somewhat fragile nickel finish that is this sharp is a real find! If you are a serious early automatic pistol collector you will not be able to pass this chance up. FN 1900 Pistols are RED HOT!