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Old 06-14-2016, 04:01 PM
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Default Is this engraving the real thing, or just good copies?

Fellow members,

Here are pictures of five engraved Walther pistols. All of the pistols were manufactured prior to 1945 at the Walther Factory in Zella-Mehlis. The engraving on some of these pistols looks like it might be an attempt to copy the pre-WWII German engraving style rather than the "real thing".

I have learned enough about engraving to appreciate that I really don't know enough to tell with confidence which engraving is original and which is done more recently. I don't have the eye for the details that experienced engravers have.

I would appreciate any insights and opinions that the experts on this forum would be willing to offer.

Many thanks, Earl
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Old 06-15-2016, 10:23 AM
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Default Re: Is this engraving the real thing, or just good copies?

only the first one is a keeper to my eye.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:14 PM
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Default Re: Is this engraving the real thing, or just good copies?

They all appear to be factory, at a glance.
#4 is the sketchiest. I would have an expert take a close look at the finish and condition, as mint guns were rarely chosen for aftermarket engraving back in the day.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:53 PM
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Default Re: Is this engraving the real thing, or just good copies?

That last one looks modern in that the style and execution fit something more recent. Also what's on the gun and the oak leaves on the grips don't go together. The grips look like a kid did them. The two don't appear to have been done by the same person either.
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Old 06-19-2016, 02:34 PM
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Default Re: Is this engraving the real thing, or just good copies?

I agree with Barry, the 4th one looks a little fishy.
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:09 PM
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Hard to tell without multiple close ups.. the last two are iffy imo.
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Old 06-21-2016, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: Is this engraving the real thing, or just good copies?

Thank you for your responses. I have received some additional pictures from the owner. Here are the original five pictures along with a second picture of each Walther pistol. Perhaps this information will aid in determining which pistols were engraved in Germany prior to 1945 and which ones have more recent engraving.
(The order of the pictures changed, sorry for any confusion.)
Earl
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