Here we have a 3 pistol grouping that you just never see, all on the same capture/bringback papers. Just barely a month after the end of the war in Europe, dated June 12, 1945, we have in duplicate the original very early war trophy documents for 2nd Lt James D. Barnhurst of the 291st Field Artillery Observation Battalion. That these are dated so early after the end of hostilities would indicate that Lt. Barnhurst had seen a lot of combat and had accumulated enough points to be on one of the very first ships back to the USA from European Battlefields. Being an Artillery spotter would certainly put you in the thick of things. There were 5 guns listed on this document but at some time he apparently disposed of a FN 1922 & a Cz27, keeping the Luger, PPK and the P.38, which were the most desirable of the pistols that he brought back from the war.
After the war Barnhart rose to the rank of Major in the Army Reserves, and he became a Doctor of Chemistry with a distinguished career at Colgate-Palmolive. He passed in 2007 at the age of 85.
In 98% mint crisp condition we have a Rare German Army issued 1944 Walther PPK Pistol, Waffenamted WaA359 still with both magazines and the original Belgian or French FN 1900 Police holster that it was brought back in. The pistol is all matching with a mint bore and is quite rare, with only 12,500 of this variant being manufactured. Waffenamted PPK’s are rare and extremely desirable and this is a top example.
In 98% mint crisp condition totally matching condition, we have a Mauser byf 42 coded P.08 Luger Pistol, fully rigged out with a spare magazine a very rare Eagle/135 proofed tool and the original epf 1942 (Karl Böker, Waldbröhl) made waffenamted holster that it came back in. The holster also has a very rare German attribution with the name U. Gennies inscribed on the inside of the lid. The pistol is completely matching with a mint bore and is in stone cold mint condition, the grips are so crisp and unused they have that bone white look. Just a Premier example of a Late production Luger!
In 94% combat salty been there done that condition we have a late 1944 Production Spreewerke cyq coded, “y” block cog-hammer P.38 Pistol, fully rigged out with a spare mag and a bla 1944 (E.G. Leuner, Bautzen) made and waffeanmted soft shell holster. This pistol is all matching with a mint bore and and is a fine example of a roughly finished late war Spreewerke made P.38. You will notice the very rough cross-hatch milling on the slide typical of the hurried production at this factory.
What a Find!
This grouping would merit a place of honor in any WWII collection, and it is only the second multiple gun on one capture document assemblage that we have come into procession of. This will not last for long, it just to fantastic to let slip out of your hands.