In 98% mint crisp condition, we have an exceptionally nice very scarce circa 1952 E Series FN High Power Pistol. The pistol is all matching with a mint bore This is the classic early cold war era FN High Power and at the time it was certainly the number one choice of many countries and agencies including our CIA as their preferred sidearm. After WWII Germany was not allowed to produce handguns domestically so they went with the best handgun that they had employed during the war as their new Police Service Arm for many state police agencies.
These E series pistols are scarce and are found that served with the West German or Austrian Police, other European agencies and some were commercially sold as well. There is a long held belief that some of these pistols went to the English MI5 Service and this may or may not be true but they were not exclusive to that outfit.
This is a particularly fine example it shows little use or wear, and is extremely attractive with a mint bore as well. High powers will be one of the hottest pistols this year and if you are looking for one that is a top collectible that could do double duty in a defensive role this is certainly a fine choice. Certainly one of the best 5 pistols of the 20th century.